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Cecilia Aragon
HCDE 411
Seattle Campus

Information Visualization

Introduces the design and presentation of digital information. Covers the use of graphics, animation, sound, and other modalities in presenting information to the user; understanding vision and perception; methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis; and the incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in HCDE 310; may not be repeated.

Class description

HCDE 411, Information Visualization, covers the design and presentation of digital information, including graphics, animation, sound, and other modalities in presenting information to users. Vision and perception; methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis; and incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces.

Student learning goals

Critically analyze the design and presentation of digital information

Develop a basic understanding of the human visual system and visual perception and how to design visualizations to effectively present information to users

Incorporate visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces

Understand the basic data types and data representations

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

In this class, students will be expected to complete reading assignments, participate in class discussions, and complete a series of written assignments. Students will complete a group final project that incorporates design, implementation, and evaluation of a visualization technique.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Cecilia Aragon
Date: 12/05/2012