From CS 725/825 Spring 2015

CS725-S15: Course Overview

The main goal of this course is to equip you with the background and tools needed to develop effective visualizations in your own research and future work. Part of developing effective visualizations requires analyzing existing visualizations and visualization problems.

One important piece of developing an effective visualization is knowing what not to do. In addition to studying recommended approaches, this course should also prepare you to rule out visualization approaches where there are mismatches in human capabilities or perception or mismatches with the intended task.

Course Organization

This course will be organized based on the "flipped classroom" model. Students will be assigned readings and homework that will be due before class time. There will be few, if any, lectures by the instructor. Class time will be spent on discussions of the assignments, student presentations, and in-class assignments. It is essential that each student be prepared to fully participate in class discussions each week.

For more details on specific assignment types and grading policies, see the syllabus.

Announcements, assignments, outside-class discussion, and grading will be done on the class Blackboard site.

The required textbook for this course is Visualization Analysis and Design by Tamara Munzner.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

General Schedule and Topic Objectives

The goal is to cover one chapter per week. The general schedule along with objectives for each chapter is given below.

Week 1 (Jan 13) - Introduction - Ch 1

Week 2 (Jan 20) - Data - Ch 2

Hands-on with Tableau, R, D3

Week 3 (Jan 27) - Tasks - Ch 3

Week 4 (Feb 3) - Analysis - Ch 4

Week 5 (Feb 10) - Marks and Channels - Ch 5

Week 6 (Feb 17) - Rules of Thumb - Ch 6

Week 7 (Feb 24) - Arrange Tables - Ch 7

Week 8 (Mar 3) - Maps, Arrange Networks and Trees - Ch 8.1-8.3, Ch 9

Spring Break (Mar 10)

Week 9 (Mar 17) - Map Color and Other Channels - Ch 10

Week 10 (Mar 24) - Manipulate View - Ch 11

Week 11 (Mar 31) - Multiple Views - Ch 12

Week 12 (Apr 7) - Reduce Items and Attributes - Ch 13

Week 13 (Apr 14) - Embed: Focus + Context - Ch 14

Week 14 (Apr 21) - Case Studies - Ch 15

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