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CS5044 - Information Visualisation

Academic year

2020-2021 (Semester 2)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 11

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

There are 100 spaces available on this module. Priority will be given to students on MSc Human Computer Interaction programme when spaces are allocated. If necessary, a ballot will be held for other eligible students wishing to take the module.

Planned timetable

To be arranged.

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module Staff

TBC Module coordinator(s): Director of Postgraduate Teaching - Computer Science (

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

This module provides an introduction to information visualisation. It focuses on the question of how to utilise visual representations to make information accessible for exploration and analysis. The module covers basic principles of visualisation design and interaction principles. It introduces a range of visualisation techniques and tools, and discusses how these can be effectively applied in various scenarios for communication, exploration and analysis, and how to evaluate information visualisations in different contexts. Skills in designing, developing, and evaluating information visualisations are reinforced through practical assignments.

Relationship to other modules


Undergraduate - before taking this module you must pass CS2002 and (pass CS2001 or pass CS2101). pgt: CS5001 or CS5002

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

Continual Assessment = 60%, 48-hour Assessment = 40%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 0%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 100%

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have compiled/developed an indicative list of learning and teaching methods:
  • Written: Is included in this category any assessment done under exam conditions (exams during diets, class tests) that do not involve the use of practical skills.
  • Practical: Are included in this category oral assessment and presentation as well as practical skills assessed in situ (in a classroom or laboratory for instance). Performances in the performing arts context are also classed as practical assessment.
Further details can be found on the QAA website.


Existing Continual Assessment = 60%, 48-hour Assessment = 40%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

2hr x 11 weeks lectures, 1hr x 11 weeks discussion

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.