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Fall 2017
Aug 24, 2019
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PPOL 646 - Data Visualization
ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO BRING A LAPTOP TO EACH SESSION. This course introduces students to the tools, methods and skills necessary for making compelling quantitative graphics for political analysis and public policy research. Students are introduced to the elements of graphical design and the fundamentals of visual perception. Students are trained in various software applications useful for data visualization, including Excel, R, Google Charts, Adobe Illustrator, Tableau and others. Each student will create an aesthetically compelling and analytically sound visualization portfolio.  Learning goals: 1. Students will learn the theoretical, practical, and aesthetic elements of data visualization. 2. Students will develop skills in multiple software programs useful for making graphics. 3. Students will master exploratory data analysis and create compelling visual portfolios. This is an ‘active learning’ course. Students will work individually and collaboratively to develop their skills in data manipulation, statistical programming, and graphical design. Graphical design and software training will emphasize creative problem solving. No prior experience required. Pre-requisites: PPOL 501 (Quant I) or PPOL 531 (Quant I) or PPOL 552 (Research Methods). 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Public Policy Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of Study (Major, Minor, Concentration, or Certificate):
      Int'l Development Policy
      Law/Public Policy
      Policy Management
      Public Policy

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