Data Visualization Theory: A Practical Introduction

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Data Visualization.

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About this Course


Data visualization is both art and science. The field encompasses topics like communication, psychology, statistics and design. This course introduces you to the theory of data visualization in a practical manner and prepares you to apply it in advanced courses by examining key design theories, methods and applications.

What You’ll Learn

  • The principles of visual cognition and perception, and how they affect data visualization
  • Design patterns that support various types of analysis, including time series, comparisons, relationships, ratios, deviations, multivariate and spatial
  • The fundamentals of statistics
  • How to choose and design charts that communicate data effectively and efficiently
  • How to prepare data sets for visualization using techniques like blending, joining and cleaning

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Complete weekly assignments applying the concepts you learn, using tools such as Excel and Tableau
  • Create a final project tying together your learnings from the course

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Data Visualization.

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