Module Identifier CS35310  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark B Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr David E Price, Dr Frederic Labrosse, Dr Neal Snooke  
Pre-Requisite CS25610  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   Seminar. Up to 4 x 1hr  
  Practical   Up to 4 x 2 hr  
  Lecture   22 lectures  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written examination100%
Supplementary Exam Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy   
Further details  

Learning outcomes

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

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


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
** Consult For Futher Information
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


This module is at CQFW Level 6