Data Visualization

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
CSIS 3860
Data Visualization
Computing Studies & Information Systems
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture =2 hours Seminar = 2 hours TOTAL = 2 + 2 = 4 HOURS
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

Delivery will be by lecture, case study and assignments.  

Course Description
In this course, students will learn the skills to present analytics results in a clear, concise and visually appealing manner. This hands-on course will introduce students to various tools and techniques of data visualization, visualization best practices, and common pitfalls. Use of Data Visualization tools such as Tableau is adopted in this course for the hands-on skills. Students will also work on building targeted dashboards based on their audience’s need. Other tools such as d3.js, dc.js, Google Charts, etc. are also introduced to reflect on the variety of data visualization tools available for a data analyst to visualize the results of analysis.
Course Content
  1. Introduction to Big Data Analytics
  2. The importance of analytics and visualization in today's data-prevalent markets
  3. Introduction to Data Visualization using tools such as Tableau
  4. Effective ways of visualizing data using other data visualization tools such as free and/or Open Source tools – Ex: D3.JS, DC.JS, Google Charts, etc.
  5. Diverse types of Visual analysis – Time-Series, Deviation, Distribution and Correlation Analysis
  6. Interface components of a visualization tool such as Tableau
  7. The right visualization tool for different data sets – making the right choice
Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this course will be able to:


  1. Explain foundations of Big Data Analytics & Data Mining Process
  2. Explain core skills for Information Visualization and available visualization tools available in market
  3. Demonstrate the use of data visualization tools such as Tableau
  4. Explore other data visualization tools such as D3.JS or Google Charts, etc.
  5. Examine effective ways of visual analysis
  6. Create compelling and effective interactive dashboards.
  7. Incorporate geospatial visualization in Dashboards
  8. Publish Dashboards
  9. Choose the right visualization tool for different data sets
Means of Assessment

Assignments (min 3)                                         15% - 20%

Term Project – 1                                                 05% - 10%

Quizzes (min 2)                                                 10% - 15%

Midterm Examination                                      25% - 30%

Final Examination                                             25% - 30%


                                                Total                           100%

 **In order to pass the course, students must, in addition to receiving an overall course grade of 50%, also achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined weighted examination components (including quizzes, tests, and exams).

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

 Recommended References:        

  • Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis  By Stephen Few ISBN-10: 0970601980 and ISBN-13: 978-0970601988
  • An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript - Visual Story Telling With D3 By Ritchie S. King ISBN:13: 978032193317-1 and ISBN:10: 0-321-93317-6

Principles of Math 12 with a C or Pre-Calculus 12 with a C or equivalent 

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