Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Presentation and Visualization

Course unit code: 572666

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Mireia Isabel Ribera Turro

Department: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Credits: 3

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 75


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture





-  Group tutorial





(Participation in forums and discussions. Autonomous)


-  Practical exercises





-  IT-based class





-  Document study





(Self-study assignment)


-  Other class types





(Design and programming task - Supervised task)



Competences to be gained during study


CB6 - Poseer y comprender conocimientos que aporten una base u oportunidad de ser originales en el desarrollo y/o aplicación de ideas, a menudo en un contexto de investigación


CG3 - Que los estudiantes sepan recopilar la información necesaria para abordar un problema y sintetizarlo.



CE3 - Que los estudiantes sepan limpiar y corregir datos con el objetivo de crear un conjunto de datos informativo y manejable.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

To know theoretical concepts about perception and interaction

To know theoretical foundations of information visualization


Referring to abilities, skills

To get a basic understanding of a visualization library

To analyze different presentations of information and to be able to select a visualization for a specific task


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

To adapt a presentation to different user profiles



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction. Best and misleading practices

2. HCI. Storytelling

3. Slides + Infographics

4. Introduction to a Python visualization library

5. Numbers, tables, text

6. How to choose the correct chart and the correct encoding

7. Introduction to Tableau

8. Perception

9. HTML + CSS + Other media

10. Dashboards + Interaction

11. Specific visualizations: maps, graphs, text



Teaching methods and general organization


Brief theoretical expositions of main concepts. Visualizations to review and deconstruct. Creation of visualizations

Gender perspective will be incorporated to the development of the subject as far as possible



Official assessment of learning outcomes


2 tasks to be done in small teams of 2-3 people, consisting in an introductory visualization task, an storytelling task. Each of them will count for 40% of the final qualification. These tasks will be delivered in several steps for a continuous assessment.


Examination-based assessment

1 exam combining theoretical questions and practical exercises, for a total of 20% of the final qualification