Visualisation and Communication of Health Data - HDAT9800

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Medical Sciences

Course Outline: MSc Health Data Science

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 10

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

View course information for previous years.


This is a core course of Graduate Diploma 5372 and Master of Science in Health Data Science 9372.

Health Data Scientists need to interface with audiences from a broad and varied array of backgrounds, and across the full technical spectrum from lay through to specialist. Thus effective communication is an essential attribute. Further, this capability is required across different media in the forms of the written word, oral presentation and Vis (data communication via a visual medium).

First, this course considers the written and oral forms. Within the written domain protocols, ethics applications, data management plans, analysis plans, literature reviews, abstracts, and manuscripts will be considered. Poster, ePresentations, TED, and Pecha Kucha presentations will be covered in the oral context. The latter part of the course is devoted to the specialist skill of Vis. The coverage of Vis will offer a basic introduction to cognitive psychology (how the eye and brain combine to form visual perception). Understanding how we ‘see’ is essential for the design of effective Vis, since humans are only capable of holding a surprisingly small amount of visual information at any one time.

Learning Outcomes

1. Compose effective written communication across a range of formats relevant to Health Data Science.
2. Prepare and deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of formats relevant to Health Data Science.
3. Appraise the role of cognitive psychology in Vis.
4. Design effective Vis for communicating health data and research findings, employing best practice.

Contact hours per week

Tutorials: 3 hours
Web-based online learning activities: 7 hours
Students in quad

Study Levels

UNSW Quick Links