Generating and Expressing Data
INTM-SHU 270-001 (13109)

Class: Mon/Wed 2:45PM – 4:00PM
Lab: Thursday 1:45PM – 3:00PM

Instructor: XY Feng
Office Hours: Tues 9:00AM – 12:00PM & 1:00PM – 4:00PM


Course Description

Human beings are producing, consuming and sharing data at any given moment. However, what kind of data is meaningful to us? How do we capture and collect that data? What are the best ways to present it? What stories do we want to tell with data? This course will explore these questions and more. Students will learn basic techniques for data collection and visualization. Student projects can be digital, physical, visual, musical, or (with approval) take any form imagined.
Prerequisite: Interaction Lab


Learning Objectives

Students will understand data compositions behind things.
Students will learn basic technologies of capturing and visualizing data.
Students will explore the power of data and be mindful of data privacy.



Attendance in all classes is mandatory. Unexcused absences and tardiness will effect your grade. Please let me know ahead of time so that I can help you determine how to make up the material. Cellphones not permitted in class.



Grades will be determined based on the following breakdown:

  • 30% Attendance & Participation
  • 25% Assignments & Exercises
  • 15% Midterm Project
  • 30% Final Project



  • ‘The Visual Display of Quantitative Information’ by Edward Tufte
  • ‘Envisioning information’ by Edward Tufte