Module Identifier CS35310  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr David Price, Dr Frederic Labrosse, Dr Neal Snooke  
Pre-Requisite CS25610  
Course delivery Lecture   22 lectures  
  Seminar   Up to 4 x 1hr  
  Practical   Up to 4 x 2 hr  
Assessment Supplementary examination   Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy    
  Exam   2 Hours Written examination   100%  
Further details  

Brief description

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


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

Learning outcomes

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


1. Introduction - 2 Lectures
An overall introduction to the module. What is "multimedia?" A review of typical interactive multimedia systems and their particular characteristics and challenges.

2. Aspects of Multimedia Systems - 8 Lectures
Different models: page based (hypermedia), scene based (VRML, QuickTimeVR), time line based (QuickTime), synchronisation based (SMIL). Accessibility issues.

3. Multimedia Design Techniques - 4 Lectures
Story boarding, planning, delivery tools, stress and robustness testing.

4. Multimedia Technologies - 4 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 - 4 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
Nigel Chapman and Jenny Chapman. (2000) Digital multimedia.. John Wiley & Sons ISBN 0471983861
Clark Dodsworth Jr.. (1998) Digital Illusion: Entertaining the future with high technology. Addison-Wesley ISBN 0201847809
Ben Shneiderman.. (1998) Designing the user interface: Strategies for effective human-computer interaction. Addison-Wesley ISBN 0-201-69497-2