Visual Analytics for Sensemaking

Visual Analytics for Sensemaking

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Start Date: August 22, 2023
End Date: October 10, 2023


Visual Analytics for Sensemaking is one of five non-credit courses in the Certification in Practice of Data Analytics (CPDA) program. This course can be taken individually, or as one of four courses required to receive the CPDA certificate of completion.

Visual Analytics for Sensemaking can be taken any time in the sequence of the CPDA program. In this course students learn the significance of data by placing it in a visual context. Patterns, trends and correlations that might go undetected in text-based data can be exposed and recognized easier with the use of data visualization software.  

The course is taught by faculty from the College of Engineering. The course is delivered in 100% distance learning format and includes instructional material equivalent to a one semester credit hour class.   

Course Description

Visual Analytics for Sensemaking is an introduction to creating visual representations that depict the meaning of big data for businesses and individuals to better understand and use for decision making and planning. This course covers such topics as replanning, deciding, detecting events, and coordination as well as concepts and techniques for the design of visualizations to support sensemaking in a variety of settings. Students have the opportunity to design and build visualizations, using the concepts learned in class.

4 CEUs are granted upon successful completion of the course.

Students Will Learn to:

  1. Perform a Work Domain Analysis to reveal informative data relationships for a specific context in a given setting.
  2. Apply the basic techniques of Representation Design in order to organize the visual field in an informative way.
  3. Use low-fidelity tools (i.e., pen and paper) to iteratively experiment with standard and compound visual forms to create informative representations.
  4. Use high-fidelity tools (e.g., Tableau) to create data-driven visualizations
  5. Effectively critique others’ work and receive a critique.

Instructor Introduction

Below is a video of the instructor for this course explaining what students will learn and can expect from this course. 


Expected Time Commitment to Complete this Course

Each course is equivalent to a one semester credit hour class with each class consisting of approximately 40 hours of class time (12-13 hours of recorded faculty lectures and 23-24 hours of additional course work). Each course is seven weeks in length. Each week, there is 5.7 hours of combined class time (40 hrs / 7 weeks).

The average student should allow a 2:1 study-to-class-time ratio to complete the course. We recommend students plan to study two hours for each one hour of class time. This equates to 11-12 hours each week to complete all course work. (5.7 hrs X 2 = 11-12 hrs).  Based on a person's own personal strengths and experience, you should increase or decrease the ratio. 

Course Grading

The course is graded pass/fail. Students must receive an 80% or better on all graded items to pass and receive the certificate of completion for the course. 


Registration ends on Friday, August 18, 2023.

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Course Fee: 

$799 per person. 

Early Bird Discount:

$675 per person if registered & paid by August 1, 2022. 


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Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund, minus a $75 administrative fee, will be made if cancellation is received three weeks prior to the start of the course.

No refunds will be issued within three weeks of the course start date. 


Learn more by attending the next online information session. 

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023 @ 12 pm EST