HCI 512 Information Visualization and Infographics

Cynthia Putnam

Office: CDM 736
Winter 2022-2023
Class number: 28741
Section number: 801
Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
CDM 00206 Loop Campus
Course homepage: see d2l


(NOTE: Log into D2L to get the user name and password for the course homepage)
HCI 512 is a graduate level course focused on communicating information through visualizations. Students learn how to choose the most effective means to visualize the data they have for (a) their intended audience(s) and (b) for the message they intend to communicate. Students practice creating visualizations using a variety of tools and methods. Additionally, students will learn how to evaluate visualizations based on best practices and design principles.


  • Choose how best to visualize data based on your data type, the story you are trying to tell, and your audience (i.e. an HCI perspective)
  • Create information graphics using a variety of tools and methods
  • Recognize and articulate what variables contribute to successful information visualizations


Graph Design for the Eye and Mind | Kosslyn, Oxford University Press, 2006 | ISBN: 978-0195311846
R Graphics Cookbook | Chang, O'Reilly Media, 2013 | ISBN: 978-1449316952

Remaining readings will be available in the content area of D2L. OPTIONAL
Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis | Few, Analytics Press, 2009 | ISBN: 978- 0970601988


94 - 100 A
90 - 93 A-
88 - 89 B+
84 - 87 B
80 - 83 B-
78 - 79 C+
74 - 77 C
70 - 73 C-
68 - 69 D+
60 - 67 D


  • IT 403 (or an understanding of basic statistics)
  • HCI 470
    • Understanding of basic design principles
    • Understanding of basic HTML, CSS and Javascript coding

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296