COMP SCI 3014 - Computer Graphics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 3014 Course Computer Graphics Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week Prerequisites One of COMP SCI 1007, COMP SCI 1009, COMP SCI 1103, COMP SCI 1203, COMP SCI 2103 or COMP SCI 2202 Assumed Knowledge MATHS 1012 & COMP SCI 2005 Course Description Selected topics from:Light and the human visual system. Colour. Images, quantisation and sampling. Image manipulations. Raster graphics. Coordinate systems and transformations. The viewing frustum. The graphics pipeline and toolkits. Clipping and culling. Visibility. Lighting and shadows. Transparency and blending. Texture mapping. Local shading models. Environment mapping techniques. Multi-pass rendering. Shaders. Animation and particles. Level of detail. Scene graphs and implementation efficiency.
Course Coordinator: Professor David Suter
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUnderstand the structure of modern computer graphics systems.
Understand the basic princinples of implementing copmputer graphics primitives.
Be able to conbstruct inbteractive computer graphics programs using OpenGL
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. Knowledge of the structure of modern computer graphics systems. Understanding of how modern graphics systems model the world (shape, reflectance, lighting, texture etc). Knowledge of how interaction and animation is modelled. The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. Assignments associated with: Skills in designing and implementing graphical solutions, using OpenGL. Skills and experience in programming interaction and animation in Opengl. An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. Assignments associated with: Skills in designing and implementing graphical solutions, using OpenGL. Skills and experience in programming interaction and animation in Opengl. Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. Assignments associated with: Skills in designing and implementing graphical solutions, using OpenGL. Skills and experience in programming interaction and animation in Opengl. A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. All of the outcomes. A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. Academic and general integrity will be assumed and enforced in assessment of the above. Lectures will, where appropriate, address such issues. An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. N/A
Required ResourcesNone. See below for recommended reference books. Lecture notes, background material, practicals and tutorial sheets will be available from the course website.
Recommended ResourcesThe following books are useful references:
* OpenGL Programming Guide (Red Book). OpenGL Architecture Review Board
* OpenGL Reference Manual (Blue Book). OpenGL Architecture Review Board
* Interactive Computer Graphics: A top-down approach using OpenGL, 6th ed. Edward Angel (Recommended reading)
* Real Time Rendering, 2nd ed. Tomas Akenine-Moller and Eric Haines
* Computer Graphics using OpenGL, 2nd ed. Francis Hill
It's useful to have your own machine/laptop with Opengl installed (Mesa on Linux is an opengl compatible implementation and this should be available on most lab machines). Some related libraries (GLUT, for example, are also needed - see the first lecture).
Online LearningLinks to useful background material on the web are posted on the course website.
The computer science forums can be used for asking questions or discussing the course. Announcements and news will also be posted on the forums:
To use the forums, you need to sign up for the course by following this link
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSome important concepts are introduced during lectures (2hrs per week). These concepts are reinforced by smaller tutorial sessions, held every two weeks. Tutorials are also designed to give students some hands on experience with quite small and self contained practical exercises. Practical assignments are fewer but more significant, and are intended to develop and test the students’ understanding and practical ability to use the concepts covered.
YOU MUST ensure you have done prepoaration work before each scheduled lecture and tutorial, to participate in the lecture/tutorial. The first week is the exception but for all other weeks, it will be assumed you have read the required material and, if relevant (particularly for tutorials) attempted the tutorial tasks. Tutorials, in particular, are for helping you with those parts of the assigned tasks/reading that you find diffiicult to understand/complete. However, even lectures will, at times, assume you hacve read the required material and if no-one asks questions about that material, it will assumed to have been understood.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students are expected to spend an average of 10 hours per week on activities related to Computer Graphics. Of these, 2 are spent in lectures and 0.5 in tutorials. The remainder of the time is to be spent on practical assignments, tutorial preparation and background reading and revision. This includes compiling, running and testing the example code provided in lectures.
Learning Activities SummaryA full schedule is maintained on the course website.
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Assessment SummaryWritten exam: 60%
Formative, assesses learning objectives 1, 2, 3, 4
Summative, assesses learning objectives 1, 2, 3, 4.
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must obtain at least 40% in each of the assessment components (exam and practicals), and 50% overall, to pass the course.
Assessment DetailWritten exam: this will be a 2 hour closed book exam. Questions will test the students’ understanding of concepts presented throughout the course, and their ability to put them to use to solve problems.
Practicals: there will be four practical assignments of increasing scope. Practicals will be written in C/C++ and use the OpenGL API, and relate to concepts and API features previously introduced in lectures and tutorials.
SubmissionPractical work is to be stored in the students’ SVN repository and submitted using the School of Computer Science web based automark system. More details will be provided in lectures and in each practical sheet.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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