Module Identifier CS35310  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite CS25610  
Course delivery Lecture   22 lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   (Up to) 4 seminars / tutorials  
  Practical   (Up to) 4 x 2 hr sessions  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours Written examination   100%  
  Supplementary examination   Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy    

Brief description
This module will provide students with an overview of the techniques and technology required for the design, storage and delivery of multimedia material in distributed information systems. Through coursework, it will provide practical experience of the capture and delivery of such material.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

The module, building upon prior learning obtained through study of module CS25610, will specifically address techniques and technologies required for the design, storage and delivery of multimedia in distributed information systems. The module will address

1. Introduction - 4 Lectures
An overall introduction to the module and a review of typical interactive multimedia systems and their particular characteristics and challenges.

2. Aspects of Multimedia Systems - 5 Lectures
Information structuring and hyperlinking. Elements of design - graphic design, integration, synchronisation, interleaving, multiple modality. Visibility issues in multimedia.

3. Multimedia Design Techniques - 5 Lectures
Story boarding, planning, delivery tools, stress and robustness testing.

4. Multimedia Technologies - 5 Lectures
Hardware and software tools, capture and editing of media material, compression and storage techniques, analogue and digital multimedia, architectures, databases, markup languages, virtual reality. Standards for the storage and transmission of media materials.

5. Network based Multimedia Systems - 3 Lectures
Multimedia communications, Web and other Internet support for multimedia systems and transmission of media streams. Emerging standards and protocols for communication with network based multimedia systems.

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Meera M. Blattner and Roger B. Dannenberg. (1992) Multimedia Interface Design. Addison-Wesley (ACM Press) ISBN 0-201-54981-6
Clark Dodsworth Jr.. (1998) Digital Illustration: Entertaining the future with high technology. Addison-Wesley ISBN 0-201-84780-9
Ben Shneiderman.. (1998) Designing the user interface: Strategies for effective human-computer interaction. Addison-Wesley ISBN 0-201-69497-2