CS3VI18-Visual Intelligence

Module Provider: School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CS1MA16 Mathematics for Computer Science or SE1MA15 Mathematics or MA1LA Linear Algebra or SE1MC12 Maths for Computer Science
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: CS3IA16 Image Analysis
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof James Ferryman

Email: j.m.ferryman@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module covers the topics of visual perception and computer vision.


This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of human cognitive abilities in visual perception, fundamental knowledge in high level computer vision, and examples of application areas including video surveillance.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students who complete this module will have:

  • basic knowledge of human perceptual skills relating to vision;

  • the ability to address high level issues relating to computer vision including pattern classification,

  • knowledge of geometric-based vision and appearance-based vision;

  • knowledge of application of computer vision including generic object recognition, cognitive computer vision and computational visual surveillance.

Additional outcomes:

Improved programming skills and applied computer vision through practical work.

Outline content:

The module includes the following: introduction to natural vision (human perception); theory of image-based pattern classification; geometric-based vision; appearance-based vision; object recognition; applications of computer vision.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures supported by laboratory practicals, tutorials and a coursework assignment (project).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Seminars 2
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 75
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Report 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

2 hour written examination in April/May

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One programming based coursework assignment (written report).  Contributes 30% of total module mark.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Examination only.

    One 2 hour examination paper in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):



    Required text books


    Specialist equipment or materials


    Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear


    Printing and binding


    Computers and devices with a particular specification


    Travel, accommodation and subsistence


    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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