Undergraduate Degree




DV3009 Information Visualization

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: Nil; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

This studio based course examines methods of envisioning Information. Students will become familiar with trends and technologies shaping our ever-evolving relationship with information.


Topics covered in Information Visualization include a brief history; principles of visual literacy; methods and applications, evaluating visualizations as well as have projects that focus on how to turn complex patterns into both compelling artwork and unique design solutions.

Course Outline




Introduction to course

2 - 7


• Brief history of Information Visualization

• Principles of visual literacy

• An overview of contemporary methods of Information Visualization

• Applications of Information Visualization

• Considerations in evaluating Information Visualization

• Information Visualization as art

Group Presentations

Project 1 

• Visualizing Data in 2D

8 - 12

Group Presentations

Project 2 

• Visualizing Data in 3D and/or motion


• Final review of projects / assignments

Learning Outcome

The student will be able to discuss Information Visualization literacy issues and apply visualization knowledge, principles, and methods in the formulation of their own unique design solutions.

Student Assessment

Continuous Assessment: 100%

Students will be assessed through continuous assessment as follows:

15%     Class Participation – students will be assessed on their participation in class discussions and showing of initiative in class activities;

45%     Class Assignments – students will be assessed on studio-based exercises and projects, including individual, group and team-based assignments;

40%:    Final Assessment – students will have a final assessment based on a major project undertaken individually or as a group


  1. Tufte , Edward R, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Pr; 2nd edition (May 2001)

  2. Tufte , Edward R., Envisioning Information, Graphics Pr (May 1990)

  3. Tufte , Edward R.,Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative, Graphics Press (February 1997)

  4. Lima, Manuel,Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information,Princeton Architectural Press (August 17, 2011)