CSCI3280 Introduction to Multimedia Systems


Course code CSCI3280
Course title Introduction to Multimedia Systems
Course description This course covers the design and implementation of modern multimedia systems. Topics include multimedia systems design, multimedia data representation, multimedia hardware and software, multimedia communication and networking, multimedia programming and multimedia information systems.
Unit(s) 3
Course level Undergraduate
Semester 1 or 2
Grading basis Graded
Grade Descriptors A/A-:  EXCELLENT – exceptionally good performance and far exceeding expectation in all or most of the course learning outcomes; demonstration of superior understanding of the subject matter, the ability to analyze problems and apply extensive knowledge, and skillful use of concepts and materials to derive proper solutions.
B+/B/B-:  GOOD – good performance in all course learning outcomes and exceeding expectation in some of them; demonstration of good understanding of the subject matter and the ability to use proper concepts and materials to solve most of the problems encountered.
C+/C/C-: FAIR – adequate performance and meeting expectation in all course learning outcomes; demonstration of adequate understanding of the subject matter and the ability to solve simple problems.
D+/D: MARGINAL – performance barely meets the expectation in the essential course learning outcomes; demonstration of partial understanding of the subject matter and the ability to solve simple problems.
F: FAILURE – performance does not meet the expectation in the essential course learning outcomes; demonstration of serious deficiencies and the need to retake the course.
Learning outcomes 1. Be able to understand the fundamental technologies used in modern multimedia systems;
2. Be able to understand how different media are digitally represented;
3. Be able to understand the popular audio, image, and video standards;
4. Be able to understand the basic algorithms used in multimedia standards;
5. Be able to know the capabilities and limitations of these technologies;
6. Be able to work collaboratively on interesting multimedia project.
(for reference only)
Final exam: 50%
Group project: 30%
Assignments: 20%
Recommended Reading List 1. Fundamentals of Multimedia, by Ze-Nian Li, Mark S. Drew, Prentice Hall;
2. Multimedia Communications: Applications, Networks, Protocols and Standards, by Fred Halsall, Addison Wesley;
3. Networked Multimedia Systems, by Raghavan and Tripathi, Prentice Hall;
4. Other supplementary reading will be determined by the course instructor;


CSCIN programme learning outcomes Course mapping
Upon completion of their studies, students will be able to:  
1. identify, formulate, and solve computer science problems (K/S); TP
2. design, implement, test, and evaluate a computer system, component, or algorithm to meet desired needs (K/S);
3. receive the broad education necessary to understand the impact of computer science solutions in a global and societal context (K/V); T
4. communicate effectively (S/V);
5. succeed in research or industry related to computer science (K/S/V);
6. have solid knowledge in computer science and engineering, including programming and languages, algorithms, theory, databases, etc. (K/S); TP
7. integrate well into and contribute to the local society and the global community related to computer science (K/S/V); T
8. practise high standard of professional ethics (V);
9. draw on and integrate knowledge from many related areas (K/S/V);
Remarks: K = Knowledge outcomes; S = Skills outcomes; V = Values and attitude outcomes; T = Teach; P = Practice; M = Measured