Module details for Information Design


In this module students will develop their knowledge and understanding of information design. The module will give students a practical foundation and theoretical overview of the visualization process, and practice of designing and presenting information in a way that fosters efficient and effective understanding.


The aim of this module is to provide learners with conceptual skills and applicable practices to conceptualize, compose, develop and refine effective means of information communication.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Conduct visual research and iterative concept development for original expressions of information design.

2.  Demonstrate technical, design and artistic abilities to effectively visual communicate complex information.

3.  Use professional software to apply various design approaches and techniques of information visualization to originate visual communication and time−based media designs.

4.  Deliver final work demonstrating refined approaches to information design.

Indicative Content

1 Visual Research

Investigation to inform an understanding of information design conventions and procedures

2 Analysis

Analyse the basic principles of the information design processes to acknowledge the challenge of media traditions and conventions through digital media artefacts, interactive media experiences and concepts to enhance audience understanding and engagement.

3 Application, Creativity and Concept Development

Use analysis findings, creative processes and design thinking to develop a solution to the personal information design project.

4 Craftsmanship and Presentation

Produce and present a final information design solution appropriate to the needs of that solution.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 24
Independent 78
Total 132

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.