MIT634 Data Visualisation

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: MIT631 Data Analytics, MIT632 Data Mining
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Students will need access to lab computers or will need their own laptops in order to carry out lab exercises and assignments. Students will need to use Microsoft Excel and Tableau.

Unit description 

This unit covers the core data visualisation techniques and technologies to support decision-making processes. Data visualization is the presentation of data in a graphical format for decision makers to easily identify underlying patterns, hence enabling organisations to contexualise data and extract meaningful patterns and trends effectively. This unit provides students with essential information and skills in presenting and analysing data in graphical format. It also enables students to understand different challenges associated with the visualisation and interpretation of big data.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Explain principles of data visualisation applicable to current and emerging applications.
ULO2 Evaluate various data visualisation solutions to present data visually.
ULO3 Examine and employ a variety of data visualisation techniques.
ULO4 Demonstrate an understanding of the data visualisation principles and techniques.
ULO5 Create visualisations of data using software tools based on real world datasets.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to data visualisation
2. From Data to Visualisation: Mapping data onto aesthetics
3. Coordinate systems and axes
4. Colour scales
5. Directory of visualisations
6. Visualising amounts and Distributions
7. Visualising Proportions and Associations among two or more quantitative variables
8. Visualising Time Series and Trends
9. Handling Overlapping Points
10. Common Pitfalls of Colour Use
11. Balancing the Data and the Context
12. Choosing the Right visualisation Software & Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12
Assessment 2: Group Report 30% 8
Assessment 3: Individual Design Project 30% 10
Assessment 4: Individual Practical Project 30% 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.