Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Information visualization offers instruments for reasoning about quantitative information, analyzing and communicating statistical information. The course overviews the main typologies of data graphics (data-maps, time-series, space-time narrative, relational diagrams, graphs and methods for dimensionality reduction) and provides a language for discussing data visualizations combined with a knowledge of the human perception of visual objects.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 01.03.2021 - 16.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Tapio Takala

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tapio Takala

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course teaches how to visualize information effectively by using the statistical methods, combined with knowledge of the human perception and the basics of data graphics.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Examination and exercise work.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    24 + 12 (4 + 2)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes, and E. Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, 1983, and C. Ware, Information Visualization - Perception for Design, Morgan Kaufmann, 2004.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic mathematics courses.

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