Ethical Design of Graphs and Tables
Create the graphics and answer the questions. Email me your answers.
You can create the graphics in Excel, but any program is ok. Just make sure I can open them.
Create the following graphics
- Create a line graph and a table using the enrollment data. Include
the caption and create the graphic in the size that you would include it in
- Create a bar graph using honest scaling. Include the caption and
create the graphic in the size that you would include it in a report.
- Create a graph (your choice of type) that would make you look good
if you had been admissions officer form 1970-1980. The graph must show all
the dates from 1970-1986.
- Create a graph (your choice of type) that would alarm the college
faculty about declining enrollment. The graph must show all the dates from 1970-1986.
Data (freshman enrollment figures)
- Which graph seems the most effective for a reader who (a) wants exact figures,
(b) wonders how overall enrollment is changing, or (c) wants to compare enrollments
at each college in a certain year.
- Assume you are creating two versions of the document containing one of these graphics
and they are for (1) University Administration and (2) an article for a student
newspaper. Would the figure captions be the same? How would the graphics be
different? Explain why or why not that they would they not be different (think about the differences in audience needs).
- What are some methods you can use to change a readers perception of a graph.
- For parts C and D of the exercise, assume you have been given the job of editing
the report that contains the graph. Write a 75-100 word response to the author
(a faculty member) explaining why you feel the graph is unethical and should
be changed. On the other hand, if you don't feel the graph should be changed,
assume you are the author and write a 75-100 word response to the editor, who
says it is unethical, explaining why the graph is ethical and does not need
to be changed.
You will write 2 responses, one for C and one for D.