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VCT 2069 - Information Graphics

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course begins with a historical overview of the origins of representing statistical data. The content includes the process for developing thoughtful information graphics, allowing viewers to evaluate, interpret, and compare data in a meaningful way. The course explores a variety of graphic solutions in communicating complex sets of data by analyzing human perception and presenting these graphic messages in the most efficient way possible.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): VCT 2062 
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Different information, different representations
  2. Early information graphics
  3. Form vs. content
  4. Humans and visual acuity
  5. Interactive graphics
  6. Representing complex information
  7. The brain and seeing
  8. Visualizing the information

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the evolution of statistical graphics and chart its progress through history.
  2. identify the common forms that information graphics typically take.
  3. use the computer and other tools to create information graphics.
  4. evaluate the effectiveness of various forms of graphic representation.
  5. analyze data to find multi-layered representations.
  6. analyze the relationship between human visual recognition and the effectiveness of a visual graphic.
  7. apply the principals and formal elements of design to the creation of information graphics.
  8. compare and contrast the formal qualities of a graphic verses the content of that graphic.

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