Sep 20, 2020  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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VCT 2069 - Information Visualization

Credits: 3
Hours/Week:
Course Description: This course focuses on the process of transforming statistical, numerical information and data into compelling narratives. Topics include forms of storytelling; visual storytelling techniques such as sequence, relationship, context, and audience; traditional formats such as charts, line diagrams, and graphs, as well as non-traditional formats such as graph-based visuals, comparisons, three-dimensional visuals, and motion graphics. The course emphasizes a wide range of methodologies for visualizing statistical, numerical information and data to ensure clarity, readability, accuracy, and editorial voice.
MnTC Goals
None

Prerequisite(s): VCT 2061  
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Early statistics and visualizations
  2. Simple statistical calculations
  3. The importance of context
  4. Choosing an effective and accurate visual
  5. Human visual perception
  6. Applying the formal elements and principles of design
  7. Building accurate and effective visualizations
  8. Presenting effective and accurate visualizations

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

  1. perform simple statistical calculations.
  2. analyze and find meaningful stories within statistical information and data.
  3. evaluate and determine the best visual representation of a given data/story relationship.
  4. apply principles of human visual perception to more effectively communicate visualizations.
  5. prepare and plan visualizations using the formal elements and principals of design.
  6. use a variety of techniques and software to create meaningful visualizations.
  7. tell the story behind the numbers through practiced presentation techniques.
  8. discern between visualizations that are meaningful and honest and those that are specious and misleading.

Competency 1 (1-6)
None
Competency 2 (7-10)
None


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