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Lecture with Exercise: Data Visualization

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TypeLecture with Exercise
InstructorProf. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn
Number of Places20
StartOct 18, 2021 | 02:00 PM
endFeb 14, 2022 | 06:00 PM

Lecture Monday 2 pm - 4 pm, Exercise Monday 4 pm - 6 pm


Student Profile



Basic coding skills in HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python or GNU R

Course Description

The current rapid technological development requires the processing of large amounts of data of various kinds to make them usable by humans. This challenge affects many areas of life today, such as research, business, and politics. In these contexts, decision-makers use data visualizations to explain information and its relationships through graphical representations of data. This course aims to familiarize students with the principles, techniques, and methods in data visualization and provide practical skills for designing and implementing data visualizations.

This course gives students a solid introduction to the fundamentals of data visualization with current insights from research and practice. By the end of the course, students will

  1. Be able to select and apply methods for designing visualizations based on a problem,
  2. know essential theoretical basics of visualization for graphical perception and cognition,
  3. know and be able to select visualization approaches and their advantages and disadvantages,
  4. be able to evaluate visualization solutions critically, and
  5. have acquired practical skills for implementing visualizations.

This course is intended for students interested in using data visualization in their work and students who want to develop visualization software. Basic knowledge of programming (HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python) and data analysis (e.g., R) is helpful.

In addition to participating in class discussions, students will complete several programming and data analysis assignments. In a mini-project, students work on a given problem. Finally, we expect students to document and present their assignments and mini-project in a reproducible manner.

Please note that the course will focus on how data is visually coded and presented for analysis after the data structure and its content are known. We do not cover exploratory analysis methods for discovering insights in data are not the focus of the course.

Here you can find our Code of Conduct.


Basic coding skills in HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python or GNU R required


All course material will be provided in English but all class consultation will be in German.


Text Book

  • Munzner, Tamara. Visualization analysis and design. AK Peters/CRC Press, 2014.

Additional Literature

  • Kirk, Andy: Data visualisation: A handbook for data driven design. Sage. 2016.
  • Yau, Nathan: Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics. Wiley Publishing, Inc. 2011.
  • Spence, Robert: Information Visualization: Design for Interaction. Pearson. 2007.