Experiences in Visual Thinking

HNR 350 - Experiences in Visual Thinking

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2020
Class #: 21671
Section: M002
Credits: 3

Povinelli,Mark Joseph

Counts toward:
HNR Nat Sci

Course Time(s):
MW 5:15-6:35 pm


Course Description:

The ability to think, generate ideas, and display data visually is paramount to the successful careers of scientist, engineers, and many other disciplines. Visual thinking can bring depth to our thought processes, enhance problem solving, and aid in our ability to communicate complex information. Visual thinking includes the ability to use visual images in integrated thinking, spatial reasoning, and the mind’s eye in image generation and imagination. In this course students will develop and improve their ability in and use of visual thinking through exercises. Through readings the course will explore how visual thinking evolved and led to: symbolic drawing, linear perspective, projective geometry and computer visualization. In the course we will investigate the art of displaying information through the study of techniques, methodologies and examples from the arts and sciences. Students will learn how these techniques allow for the enhancement of the reader’s and user’s compression of displayed qualitative and quantitative data for decision making. Students will lead seminar-based class discussions on readings and visual thinking exercises. Students will engage in research, writing assignments, and present materials on topics covered by the course.