Course Outline

(Please note: Outline may be adjusted as semester progresses. Students will be notified.)

Instructor: M. Genevieve Hitchings
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-2:30PM Room P-116 and Wednesdays 1:00-2:00PM N1127

Class meeting times: Tuesdays: 2:30pm – 5:50pm
Room P-116

Course Overview

Theory and practice of designing with information. Topics include graphs, charts, pie-charts and diagrams. Through advanced assignments related to information graphics, exhibition design and wayfinding systems, students will synthesize and design complex data sets. Preparation of final work using current design software applications.

Recommended Texts

Information Graphics
Peter Wilbur
Thames & Hudson
ISBN-10: 05002800770
ISBN-13: 978-0500280775


20% — Project 1 Info Graphic + related assignments and homework
20% — Project 2 Diagram + related assignments and homework
20% — Project 3 Flow Chart + related assignments and homework
20% — In-class Presentation
20% — Participation/Journal

Teaching/Learning Method

Lectures & Demonstrations
Readings, Discussions, Critique and Assignments
Tests and quizzes
Review homework – I will collect digital assignments via ‘Dropbox’
In-class critique of work – provide feedback
In-class lab time to work on assignments

Everyone must sign-up for OpenLab:

Attendance (College) and Lateness
(Department) Policies

Attendance is taken and is important to success in this class. Both absences and arrival more than 15 minutes after the start of class will be marked. If excessive, the instructor will alert the student that he or she may be in danger of not meeting the course objectives and participation expectations, which could lead to a lower grade.

Academic Integrity Standards

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion.


I reserve the right to change the syllabus or grading formula as need be, given the composition and progress of the class. I will notify you about these changes in writing on the website and orally in class as soon as I make them, giving you time to adjust your approach if need be. I reserve the right to take pictures and video of our work in class, although I will not publish images or footage of you publicly. I also reserve the right to keep samples of your work to feature on my professional website, as part of my teaching portfolio, and to illustrate points for future classes.