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COIT11240 Dashboard Design and Visualisation
Dashboard Design and Visualisation
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General Information


While organisations can collect a large amount of data about their operations, a continual challenge they face is extracting useful information from that data. Dashboards summarise key information using visualisations and interactive reports. Dashboards are therefore an important tool in supporting decision making in an organisation. In this unit, you will learn how to design dashboards. You will develop skills to condense and encapsulate the characteristics of data, making it easier to analyse trends to drive effective decision-making. You will also learn creative ways to present the insights and findings of data using data visualisation tools and techniques.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Evaluation


Project Assessment requirements were not clearly described


Review the assessment task descriptions and clarify the requirements to students during the class

Feedback from Student Evaluation


Data Analysis Exploration (DAX) assessment feedback was insufficient


Provide detailed feedback and discuss the assessment solutions once grades are released

Feedback from Course Committee


Inadequate learning resources on the dashboard usages in different industries


Provide additional learning materials (including reading articles and videos) on the dashboard usages in the different industries to enhance student learning

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the fundamentals of dashboard design and data visualisation
  2. Compare different dashboard design and data visualisation tools
  3. Explain the application of dashboard design and visualisation in summarising key information
  4. Identify the best practices in implementing dashboard design
  5. Design and implement a dashboard for a business case.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments and individuals in many countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles. ACS members can use the tool MySFIA (https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html) to build a skills profile.

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 7 (https://www.sfia-online.org/en). The SFIA code is included:

Data Visualisation VISL

Analytics INAN

Business Analysis BUAN

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Project (applied) - 30%
4 - Presentation - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Project (applied) - 30%
4 - Presentation - 20%
Textbooks and Resources



Microsoft Power BI Dashboards Step by Step

Edition: 1 (2018)
Authors: Errin O'Connor
Microsoft Pres
ISBN: 9781509308033
Binding: eBook

The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios

Edition: 1 (2017)
Authors: Steve Wexler; Jeffery Shaffer; Andy Cotgreav
ISBN: 1119282713
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

Textbooks can be accessed online at the CQUniversity Library website. If you prefer your own copy, you can purchase either paper or eBook versions at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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