Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 26.02.2024 - 11.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Petter Holme

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Examination and exercise work.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    24 + 12 (4 + 2)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.