- ARCHIVE for reference only

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Informatics : Informatics

Postgraduate Course: Computer Graphics (Level 11) (INFR11021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course presents the fundamental concepts and techniques for the generation of simple line drawings through to realistic, synthetic images of 3D objects and scenes. Some current research topic or topics will be presented if there is time. The focus of the course is on algorithms, understanding the mathematical basis and how you implement rather than simply use in applications.

This course is identical to the level 10 version except for the assessed coursework and additional learning outcome.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Computer Graphics (Level 10) (INFR10010)
Other requirements For Informatics PG and final year MInf students only, or by special permission of the School. Students are assumed to have mathematical knowledge and have substantial programming experience. Knowledge of algorithms and data structures relating to geometry will also be assumed.
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 11:10 - 12:00, Zone: Central. Bristo Sq 7, LT4
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Analyse and synthesise algorithms for the display of antialiased lines in Euclidean space
2 - Analyse and synthesise algorithms for the display of space curves and surfaces of arbitrary smoothness
3 - Model any arbitrary shape of 3D object and to perform combinations of affine transformations on these objects in 3D space
4 - Construct views from arbitrary viewpoints in space and to order objects from the viewpoint in order to perform visible surface computations
5 - Perform the image viewing transformations: projecting from 3D to a 2D display screen
6 - Use appropriate colour models and pixel representations in image space
7 - Use surface properties of objects and scene illuminations to produce realistic images modelling the interaction of light and objects within a scene
8 - Learn and experience some aspects of the human visual system and perception issues as they relate to computer graphics implementations
9 - Solve problems of an open ended nature or relate them to other such problems as covered in the course
Assessment Information
Written Examination 70
Assessed Assignments 30
Oral Presentations 0

Students are required to read three or four papers on a similar topic or theme, normally from the most current SIGGRAPH proceedings. They then write a report on the state of the art in that topic or theme by summarising the published work and where possible, comparing and contrasting the techniques or algorithms presented.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus *Graphics primitives*: raster display of lines, curves and polygons; spline curves and surfaces; 3D object representations.
*Viewing transformations*: affine transformations; geometric projections; clipping; visible surface algorithms.
*Rendering*: modelling the interaction of light with surfaces; colour; raytracing, radiosity, image-based methods; real-time global illumination for computer animations.

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Based Systems, Data Structures and Algorithms, Developing Technologies, Graphics and Sound, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list * Foley, van Dam, Feiner and Hughes, Computer Graphics--Principles and Practice, 2nd ed. (C version), Addison Wesley 1990.
* Hearn and Baker, Computer Graphics, 2nd ed. (C version), Prentice Hall 1997.
* Foley, van Dam, Feiner, Hughes and Phillips, Introduction To Computer Graphics, Addison Wesley, 1994.
* Watt, 3D Computer Graphics, 2nd ed., Addison-Wesley 1993.
* S.G. Hoggar, Mathematics for Computer Graphics, Cambridge University Press 1992 (reprinted with corrections 1994).
* Rogers and Adams, Mathematical Elements for Computer Graphics, 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill 1990.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 20
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 30
Private Study/Other 50
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Michael Rovatsos
Tel: (0131 6)51 3263
Course secretaryMiss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Important Information
© Copyright 2011 The University of Edinburgh - 16 January 2012 6:17 am