187.A46 Design and Evaluation of visualisations
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, UE, 2.0h, 3.0EC
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  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to design visualizations that conform to common design guidelines. They know and are able to apply selected evaluations methods.  They are also able to conduct simple evaluations of information visualisations. They are able to apply theoretical ideas from relevant areas to the design and evaluation of visualizations. They are able to understand and present scientific texts.

Subject of course

The lecture will give an introduction into human perception and the design of usable visualisations. This lecture is based on the lecture Psychological Foundations of Visualization and is focused on the evaluation of visualisations. Practical aspects of evaluation processes will be discussed and exercises will be conducted. Students will search for literature and present this literature in written and oral form. 

Teaching methods

Reading of scientific literature, presentation of scientific papers, critical discussion, exercises in evaluations, writing of brief summaries of scientific papers, writing of reports about evaluations


Mode of examination


Additional information

The lecture will be conducted online.

ECTS Breakdown: 3 ECTS=75 hours

16 hours Lectures

10 hours Lectures + Presentations

10 hours Literature Research

7 hours Summary Literature Research

7 hours Presentation Preparation

19 hours small evaluation study

6 hours Summary of the evaluation study




Course dates

Fri16:00 - 18:0010.03.2023FH Hörsaal 2 Kick-off
Fri16:00 - 18:0024.03.2023 - 16.06.2023FH Hörsaal 2 Meetings
Fri16:00 - 18:0002.06.2023FH Hörsaal 2 Lecture
Design and Evaluation of visualisations - Single appointments
Fri10.03.202316:00 - 18:00FH Hörsaal 2 Kick-off
Fri24.03.202316:00 - 18:00FH Hörsaal 2 Meetings
Fri21.04.202316:00 - 18:00FH Hörsaal 2 Meetings
Fri28.04.202316:00 - 18:00FH Hörsaal 2 Meetings
Fri05.05.202316:00 - 18:00FH Hörsaal 2 Meetings
Fri12.05.202316:00 - 18:00FH Hörsaal 2 Meetings
Fri26.05.202316:00 - 18:00FH Hörsaal 2 Meetings
Fri02.06.202316:00 - 18:00FH Hörsaal 2 Lecture
Fri16.06.202316:00 - 18:00FH Hörsaal 2 Meetings

Examination modalities

Paper presentation, Assignment - summary of scientific paper, report evaluation study

The single tasks will be collected as a portfolio.

Attendance is  compulsory

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
20.02.2023 00:00 19.03.2023 00:00 16.03.2023 00:00


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below



Ebert, A., Dix, A., Gershon, N., Pohl, M. (2011) Human Aspects of Visualization: Second IPIP WG 13.7. Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization, HCIV (INTERACT 2009), Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer

Ware, C. (2008) Visual Thinking: For Design. Morgan Kauffmann Series in Interactive Technologies

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


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