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Hong Qu

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy


Data visualizations can inform, explain, and sway public opinion and policy decisions. For example, we rely on visual representations of dynamic trends throughout the pandemic as portrayed by charts, maps, and dashboards.

This course imparts design thinking and data ethics frameworks, along with practical data software skills, to explore data and present meaningful information visually.  Students work on iterative design projects to develop visual communication acumen for conveying insights clearly and intuitively in the service of illuminating public policy issues through visual storytelling. 

Students are expected to have or acquire basic Tableau skills prior to enrolling.  No software coding experience is assumed.  We will learn to code in Python to clean and structure data in preparation for producing visualizations.