Data Research and Visualisation

MDA80009 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

The unit introduces students to the understanding and application of data for research and story telling. Graduates will be able to find and utilise different sources and forms of data to provide evidence in different forms of media content creation, including creating data visualisations as a source of information.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse, evaluate and utilise key sources of primary data for evidence in media content creation;
2. Utilise basic statistical knowledge to analyse primary source data sets and its significance;
3. Create visualisations of primary data using research and technical tools to illustrate evidence in data storytelling and visualisation;
4. Apply data centered research and analysis to varied media content creation projects.