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Data Visualisation

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: COS30045

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit aims to instruct students on the fundamental principles of information visualisation, and good design practices. It will examine and describe in detail main types of information graphics and visual representations for variety of applications.


  • Introduction to data visualisation
  • Brief history of data visualisation
  • Data visualisation design guidelines, graphical integrity
  • Visual variables: marks and channels
  • Visualisation critique
  • Analysis of user tasks in visualisation usage
  • Data sets and types
  • Interaction: manipulating view, filtering
  • Arranging tables, graphs and maps
  • Colour theory
  • Human perception and cognition
  • Introduction to data driven documents (D3)

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