Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Computer Science


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap
Tied to


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Visual presentation is a key technique for interface web-based applications for human beings; it is also an important element of requirements engineering. The module will cover advanced applications and the underlying principles, so that students can design visual software using the latest technology.


  • HCI: rules and evaluation framework for HCI
  • Multimedia Standards: still, video, graphics, sound and VR standards. Examples include AIFF, GIF, MPEG, VRML, X3D, and Java3D
  • Visualisation and Graphics Tools: tools for content creation, packaging and delivery. Exmples could include Photoshop, 3Dstudio, Dreamweaver, Worldtoolkit. Availability of specific tools needs to be confirmed and will change over time
  • Visual Presentation: visual representations of information. Examples from pie charts through to interactive information manipulation
  • Individual project: visualisation project using key tools to create an effective information visualisation

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • specialist knowledge: lectures and directed reading in HCI, graphics, digital imaging, multimedia standards and visual presentation
  • practical design skills: individual project application of knowledge to design of a substantial visualisation system
  • management: individual project, management skills exercised to plan, execute and deliver working visualisation
  • design integration: individual project will require integration of technical elements from this and other modules
  • engineering of software systems: individual project employing software engineering to capture requirements, design and test
  • professional skills: individual project implementation and write up will exercise professional skills
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • The module comprises 1 week's intensive directed reading and laboratory exercises; 5 days of lectures, tutorial, and reading, and two weeks undertaking a major laboratory assignment. The overall workload conforms to the standard SLAT requirement of 150 hours equivalent to 15 credits.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Lectures 10 2 per day in week 2 1 hour 10
      Tutorials 4 weekly 1 hour 4
      Practicals 5 daily in week 1 6 hours 30
      Laboratory 10 daily in weeks 3 and 4 6 hous 60
      Preparation and Reading 46
      Total 150

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Laboratory report Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Laboratory report 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Staged written feedback of laboratory and practical work by staff/demonstrators.

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University