188.305 Information Visualization
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • apply concepts in the field of visualization and cognition
  • critically evaluate visualization concepts
  • critically evaluate the quality of visual representations, interaction techniques, analytical methods and their interplay
  • apply cognitive basics and other visualization basics to information visualization design
  • select visualization methods suitable for different data types
  • design information visualizations with the "human-centered design" method
  • apply quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods to assess the quality of information visualizations

Subject of course

Information visualization is "the use of computer-supported, interactive, visual representations of abstract data to amplify cognition". Students should be able to explain and apply the concepts and techniques of information visualization. A short general introduction to visualization is followed by a discussion on knowledge crystallization and the information visualization reference model. Afterwards, appropriate visualization methods for different data types and important interaction methods such as focus+context or linking-brushing will be discussed. Furthermore, suitable measures for quality assurance and evaluation of information visualizations will be taught.

Teaching methods

  • According to given problems, suitable problem analysis methodologies in the field of information visualization are discussed.
  • Different data types and their different characteristics will be discussed and how effective information visualizations have to look like which are suitable to support the analysis of such data.
  • In exercises, the learned concepts are applied to the design and implementation of effective information visualizations.
  • Suitable measures for quality assurance and evaluation of information visualizations are explained.

Mode of examination


Additional information

3 ECTS = 75 hours

Hours Purpose

20,0 Lecture time

28,0 Readings

25,0 Preparation time for exam

2,0 Exam





Course dates

Mon16:00 - 18:0005.10.2020 via zoom (LIVE)Presentation of Lecture
Mon16:00 - 18:0012.10.2020 - 25.01.2021 via zoom (LIVE)Vorlesung
Information Visualization - Single appointments
Mon05.10.202016:00 - 18:00 via zoomPresentation of Lecture
Mon12.10.202016:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon19.10.202016:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon09.11.202016:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon16.11.202016:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon23.11.202016:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon30.11.202016:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon07.12.202016:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon14.12.202016:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon11.01.202116:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon18.01.202116:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung
Mon25.01.202116:00 - 18:00 via zoomVorlesung

Examination modalities

In a online multiple choice test at the end of the semester, students must

  • be able to distinguish true and false statements about the learned concepts
  • identify suitable visualization methods for given problems

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
08.09.2020 12:00 06.06.2021 23:59 25.10.2020 23:59

Registration modalities

Registration for this course is necessary in TISS. 

Registration and deregistration are possible up to and including October 25th, 2020. 




Previous knowledge

+ Information Design and Visualization




Preceding courses

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


if required in English