CSMVR16-Virtual Reality

Module Provider: Computer Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: SE3VR11 Virtual Reality and CS3VR16 Virtual Reality
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Richard Mitchell

Email: r.j.mitchell@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module covers the topic of virtual reality.

To describe virtual reality in terms of the scientific issues, application areas and strengths and weaknesses of the technology. To provide hands-on experience of various devices and software.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, the student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used in Virtual Reality and 3D modelling skills. The student will be able to compare the applicability of various VR technologies to given applications and be able to apply their understanding to the design of an entire VR system, composing display technology and software.

This module will be assessed to a greater depth than the excluded module CS3VR16.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
In a virtual reality, users can interact within a 3D computer-generated environment through multi-modal displays that support interaction through vision, hearing, and touch. This course will discuss what is (and is not) virtual reality, introduce topics relating to perception of virtual environments (e.g. stereo vision and sound localisation), and introduce a range of display and input technologies (e.g. head-mounted displays, cubic projection displays, and tracking technologies). The course will develop the mathematical and programming framework for highly interactive environments including modelling and animation of 3D objects, and the programming techniques used to render these in real-time.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module comprises 2 lectures per week, assignments and some revision tutorials. The assignment will give students skills in creating interactive virtual environments.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One 2-hour examination paper in May/June.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:
Examination only.
One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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