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Archived Curricula Guide 2012–2015
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TIEVS59 Information Visualization 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Computer Sciences
Interactive Technology
Preceding studies
Or equivalent skills.
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Information Sciences
Curricula 2011 – 2012

General description

Note, this course overlaps with two prior courses: Introduction to Information Visualization (Johdatus tiedon visualisointiin) and the original Information Visualization (Tiedon visualisointi), and cannot be taken by the students who have taken either of the earlier courses.

Learning outcomes

After taking the course the student
- has an overview of the field of information visualization and its history
- understands the information visualization approach and its place in the general context of human-computer interaction
- knows the most common visualization techniques and when to apply them
- has experience in writing academic lecture diaries and in reviewing them.


The course is about making information visible, and introduces selected topics in information visualization. The topics include, but are not limited to, the following: history of information visualization, principles of visual perception, information data types, visual encoding of data, visualization techniques, interaction techniques for information visualization, and human factors issues of information visualization.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 21 h 0 h

Learning diaries and exercises submitted via Moodle.
The course is not lectured every year.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

Exercises and learning diary.


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

  1. Selection of research articles;
  2. Spence, R., Information Visualization: Design for Interaction, 2nd edition. Prentice Hall 2007.
  3. Ware, C., Information Visualization: Perception for Design. Morgan Kaufmann 2004;

Belongs to following study modules

Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
School of Information Sciences