Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM029: Data Visualisation

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content and order of syllabus coverage may vary, it is envisaged that it will include the following topics:


Course Introduction, Terminology

Introduction to R. Types of data

Main principles of data visualization

Types of statistical graphics

Cleaning and preparing data for visualisations. The package dplyr.

Basic Charts and Plots, Multivariate Data Visualization

The package ggplot2: structure of plots and commands

Principles of Perception, Color, Design, and Evaluation

Text Data Visualization

Temporal Data Visualization

Geospatial Data Visualization

Network Data Visualization 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures with lab20 hours in total10 x 2 hour lectures and labs .These lectures cover the main concepts of the course. These practical sessions cover the application of techniques
Independent study60 hoursReading and preparing for lectures and labs (around 4-6 hours per week);
Independent study70 hoursresearching and writing assessments and assignments (researching, planning and writing the course work).

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).