stat/engl 332

Syllabus

Visual Communication of Quantitative Information

Learning objectives:

This course will help to prepare you to be active citizens in the information technology age. We will develop critical thinking skills about how information is visually presented, and we will learn how to accurately and attractively communicate quantitative information using graphics. At the end of the course you will:

Textbook

Beautiful Visualization, edited by Julie Steele and Noah Iliinsky. O'Reilly Press: Sebastopol, CA, 2010.

Assessment

Exam (historical graphics): 10%; evaluation assignments (one individual, two small group): 30%; design assignments (one individual, three small group): 40%; portfolio and presentation: 15%; completing readings, and blogging your comments: 5%.

To do well in this course you will need to spend 2-3 hours a week (outside of class!). The homework is designed to encourage you do that. For each homework you will need to revise the material, and synthesise some new information, from the help pages or the web. You're welcome to help each other, but you are expected to hand in individual papers. We will publish a few of the best answers each time so you can learn from each other. If you don't want your paper to be published, please let us know.

To do well in this course you will need to spend 2-3 hours a week (outside of class!), and the weekly homeworks are designed to encourage you do that. For each homework you will need to revise the weeks work, and synthesise some new information, from the help pages or the web. You're welcome to help each other, but I expect you to hand in individual homeworks.

I'll publish (anonymously) a few of the best answers each week so you can learn from each other. If you don't want yours to be published, please let me know.

Attendance

Attendance in class is expected, and will be monitored. Three absences will jeopardize your final grade.

Late Policy

A 20% reduction in score will result for each day after the due date.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic honesty is fundamental to our community. Students who violate University rules on academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. As such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on academic dishonesty will be strictly enforced according to the Student Handbook. Please see also: http://catalog.iastate.edu/academiclife/regulations/#academicdishonestytext​

Disability Policy

Iowa State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you have a disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please contact one of the instructors within the first two weeks of the semester. Retroactive requests for accommodations will not be honored. Before meeting with an instructor, you will need to obtain a SAAR form with recommendations for accommodations from the Disability Resources Office, located in Room 1076 on the main floor of the Student Services Building. Their telephone number is 515-294-6624.