• Unit 3: Visualization Principles and Processes

    Have you ever attended a company department or team meeting? While your colleague uploads the PowerPoint presentation, you adjust your seat, take out pen and paper, and get ready to take notes. After the agenda, the next slide displays four data visualizations. The presenter refers to each visualization while discussing business operations, strategic alignment, and new initiatives. You look around the table and notice others taking notes and nodding their heads in agreement. You look down at your paper – and nothing – no notes – not even a doodle. You silently ask yourself, "Where is the connection? How are these visualizations associated with business operations, strategic alignment, and the new initiatives?" Reflecting on that experience, can you see the importance of storytelling with data? Moreover, can you see how important it is to connect the data story succinctly to data visualizations? In the last unit, students learned the importance of storytelling with data – organizing and structuring the narrative flow. In this unit, students will learn the principles and processes of data visualization, including concepts and definitions, design specificity, and usability.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 4 hours.

    • 3.1: Visualization Concepts and Definitions

    • 3.2: Interactive Visualizations and Dashboards

    • 3.3: Challenges in Visualization

    • Study Guide: Unit 3

      We recommend reviewing this Study Guide before taking the Unit 3 Assessment.

    • Unit 3 Assessment

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