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Data Visualisation Foundations



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Designed for professionals who are new to data visualisation, this microcredential covers the fundamentals of visual analytics. Starting with an overview of the field and context of data visualisation, you will then get hands-on, exploring and preparing data sets and comparing and contrasting key visual analytics techniques.

About this microcredential

This microcredential introduces key concepts in data visualisation and visual analytics. Participants will develop the ability to recognise and apply a range of different data visualisation techniques in different contexts. The microcredential also teaches how to manage and prepare data for visualisation and how to compare and evaluate specific visualisation methods

During the microcredential, participants will develop capabilities in designing and evaluating various advanced visualisation interfaces that can be directly applied into the loop of visual data mining or visual analytics. This will allow participants to begin applying data visualisation techniques in their work or study, as well as establish foundations for further study in the field, on the way to becoming data visualisation designers or visual data analysts.     

Key benefits of this microcredential

  • An end-to-end introduction to the field of data visualisation; learn the context, background and importance of the field, along with key techniques to get started implementing data visualisation techniques in your role
  • Develop your understanding of key techniques and concepts, experience hands-on activities and review case studies to visualise real data sets and compare approaches
  • Complete as a self-contained course, or as a potential pathway to future postgraduate study.

This microcredential aligns with the 2-credit point subject, Data Visualisation Foundations (42096) in the Master of Information Technology (C04295).

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for professionals from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds who are new to the field of data visualisation.

UTS microcredentials are developed for professionals with a capacity to undertake postgraduate tertiary education.


Full price: $1,595.00 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

In this microcredential, you will meet and work with a dedicated course facilitator who will support your learning and engagement with teaching resources designed by the lead academic and team of experts from the Faculty of Engineering and IT.

This course is structured into four modules. Each module comprises self-study materials and facilitated online sessions. The modules and key topics covered are:  

Module 1

  • Introduction to data visualisation: history, purpose & challenges

Module 2

  • Different kinds of data visualisation and their advantages and disadvantages

Module 3

  • Data collection, formatting and transformation for visualisation

Module 4

  • Comparing and evaluating data visualisations for particular purposes

This course is delivered in a scheduled format over ten weeks.

Each week (during weeks 1 to 8) you will participate in an online session where you will have the chance to apply what you've learned, ask questions and hear from other participants who are taking the course with you. The workshops are led by the course facilitator.

Weeks nine and ten are planned to give you time to complete the final assignment, with support and scheduled Q&A sessions provided.

Course delivery

This microcredential includes weekly, live, one-hour online tutorials and one-hour weekly Q&A sessions facilitated by an expert UTS academic, supporting self-study and online learning activities.

Case studies of real-world applications illustrate applications of key tools and techniques. The workshop sessions focus on hands-on activities and examples. Regular formative quizzes throughout the microcredential will allow participants to gauge their progress.

Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to identify, compare, evaluate and apply appropriate data visualisation techniques and methods.  


The graded assessment task comprises an individually written assessment on data visualisation. The assignment involves comparing and evaluating different visualisations of similar or identical datasets.

Length: 2,000 words      



  • To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.