The Role of Visualisation for Understanding Complex Systems
Ardis Cheng (Medical Education Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia)
Understanding complex systems (CSs) is an important skill in science education that is characterised by the ability to interrelate multiple scales of information. Visualisations play a significant role in supporting this cognitive skill by externalising these complex relationships into a perceptible form. This dissertation investigated how to optimally design visualisations to support student understanding of the renal system (the example CS) through four user studies and two iterations of a functional prototype visualization.