Visualization (Vis)

Course content

The course introduces participants to visualization: use of interactive visual representations to help people understand and analyse data. Visualization is central to data-intensive science, business and intelligence analysis, for exploratory data analysis, and for clearly communicating findings in data.

Participants will learn about the foundations of information visualization and techniques for visually representing different types of data and for supporting different tasks. Students will learn through a practical problem-driven approach to analyse, design, and build visualizations. In particular, through weekly exercises, the course will provide hands-on experience with creating interactive visualizations for the web. The course also emphasizes the theoretical foundations of visualizations and includes considerations about current challenges in information visualization research. 


MSc Programme in Computer Science

MSc Programme in Computer Science w. a minor subject 

Learning outcome

Knowledge of

  • Key principles of visualization
  • Fundamental visualization and interaction techniques for different data types
  • Tools for building visualizations
  • Methods and frameworks for analyzing and designing visualizations
  • Challenges in information visualization



  • Systematically analysing and comparing visualizations
  • Designing a visualization that effectively supports a particular task
  • Visualizing data types such as graphs, trees, matrices, and maps 



  • Reasoning about and justifying the application of visualization to a problem in a particular domain
  • Implementing interactive visualization prototypes

Mix of lectures and class discussions, tutorials and exercises, and group work on weekly assignments and the project.

See Absalon for a list of course literature.

Programming skills corresponding to an introductory programming course is expected; experience with computer graphics is an advantage, but is not required.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
The oral exam is without preparation and is based on a group project report.
Weight oral exam: 100%
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Exercises
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 42
  • Project work
  • 83
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206