CIS 576 - Business Data Visualization

  • 3 credits

The increasing amounts of data that we are exposed to are simultaneously creating an increase in cognitive load. Visualization techniques are intended to aid in dealing with this deluge, serving as external cognition “amplifiers” that expand memory, ease comprehension, and support decision making. Note that though there are different uses of the term “information visualization” in different communities, for the purposes of this class, we will treat information visualization as the representations for concrete, abstract, medium sized and “big” data.

Students will develop the skills necessary to solve visualization problems and critique and evaluate current visualizations and systems. This material will be covered through lectures, readings, and a number of assignments or projects which will provide students with practical experience in the construction of visualizations. The course will require some programming/scripting work as analytics are often necessary prior to visualization. Students should be willing to work with and learn analysis tools.


CIS 575 (Applied Data Mining and Analytics in Business); CIS 605 (Business Visual Application Development).

Important Information

If applicable, active-duty military, veterans, federal, state and corporate employees must contact the College of Business to receive the tuition reduction code prior to registering for any classes. Reduction of tuition will not be given if you do not provide the code at the time of enrollment. Unfortunately, retroactive reductions are not possible.

Those who intend to apply to the program in the future must be aware that credits can only be transferred in with a B or better grade earned.

Current students and prospective students should call (970) 491-4612 or email to determine eligibility to enroll in this class.

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Adela Chen

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