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Required Texts

American Psychological Association. (2019). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). American Psychological Association. eText ISBN: 9781433813757 
Note: The APA style guide is not available to the library as an ebook. The print version is available here. Please note this reference manual is required for the entire program and should only be purchased once.

Berinato, S. (2016). Good charts: The HBR guide to making smarter, more persuasive data visualizations. Harvard Business Review Press. 
This text is available for purchase here, or through the library here


Cairo, A. (2019). How charts lie: Getting smarter about visual information. W.W. Norton & Company.
This text is available for purchase here


Dykes, B. (2020). Effective data storytelling: How to drive change with data, narrative, and visuals. Wiley.
This text is available for purchase here, or through the library here

Course Syllabus

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Communicating Data

COMM 601: Communicating Data 

Visualizations are powerful. Scholars of visual rhetoric and design teach students to understand that good visualization is not only clear and accurate but also appealing. When executed well, visualizations enhance oral or written communication by supporting arguments and claims, providing insight into complex issues, and promoting recall and decision-making in audiences. However, even the most well-crafted visualizations must be supported by effective oral and written communication. In this course, students explore both sides of this relationship, becoming familiar with common genres of visualization and with techniques for designing them effectively, and ethically, and presenting them orally and in prose.

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