Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2018-2019 (archived)


Department: Computer Science


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2018/19 Module Cap
Tied to


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Visual presentation is a key technique for interfacing web-based applications for human beings.The module aims to cover knowledge and skills in modern techniques for visualisation and graphical VR, leading to their application in a significant digital imaging problem.


  • Human perception and electronic displays
  • Digital colour
  • Principles of graphic design and layout
  • Image Processing
  • 3D graphics

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Gain specialist knowledge of modern digital imaging standards, methods and technologies.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to individually analyse an imaging problem, synthesise and design a solution, implement and reflectively evaluate that solution.
Key Skills:
  • Communication: visual and written via practical work,
  • Application of numbers: has some mathematical content that is applied in the summative work.
  • Improving own learning and performance: summative work is designed to encourage a deep learning response and hence motivate students to improve their own learning and performance.
  • Problem solving: summative work exercises initiative and creativity as well as technical skills.

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

  • The module comprises two weeks of lectures, directed reading and laboratory exercises; 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 6 3 per week in weeks 1 and 2 2 hours 12
Tutorials 4 in weeks 3 and 4 2 hour 8
Preparation and Reading 130
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Programming Assignment 90%
Written Assignment maximum 750 words 10%

Formative Assessment:

Staged written feedback of laboratory and practical work and/or formative exercises.

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