Courses & Units

Art-Science Data Visualisation XBR209


Note: On-line delivery and self-directed practicals.  Optional practical classes.


This is a Breadth Unit that develops ability to see with fresh eyes, to be able to discern patterns, and to find meaning in our complex world.  Participants learn how interpretations can be biased by existing paradigms, and by cultural context.  Diverse approaches to observation and representation are developed with an emphasis on critical capacity (is what you see really there?, or, is there something present that you might be missing?). 

Creative activities develop skills in drawing by hand, and computer-generated graphics, allowing participants to explore the natural world through real-life people, objects and a wealth of awe-inspiring datasets.  The different discipline lenses challenge our perceptions and enable new discoveries to be made with clarity and insight.

In addition to the core material presented online through engaging, didactic videos, students are guided through diverse, practical, creative activities.  Introductory skills are developed in drawing and computer aided visualisation aimed firstly at fostering awareness of the need to 'unsee', to prepare for a new understanding. 

Participants create new works, with accompanying interpretation, and gain experience in 'seeing' from alternative perspectives, the exploration for new knowledge, and the communication of such knowledge.  Assessment takes place through 3 assignments, which take the form of a visual logbook with accompanying text.


Unit name Art-Science Data Visualisation
Unit code XBR209
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Arts|Physics

 Anya Reading (School of Physical Sciences: Earth Sciences)

Teaching staff

Staff from the School of Physical Sciences and Tasmanian College of the Arts

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010799

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 60 minute seminar weekly, 1 x 60 minute tutorial weekly and 1 x 120 minute practical fortnightly.

AssessmentBy assignment
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