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Learning Outcomes

The course aims to give a broad introduction to Multimedia, specifically Multimedia authoring, graphics and sound. It also aims to provide a range of practical experience, both with the use of specialised image, audio and multimedia processing and development tools, and with the use of some of Java’s multimedia facilities. After taking this course, students should have developed the following skills:
  • Appreciation of the standards for representing audio files
  • Appreciation of the standards and issues concerned in representing static/dynamic visual input/output
  • An understanding of aspects of multimedia design
  • An understanding of the tools available for multimedia production and image/audio processing
  • Greater experience of Java programming
  • Experience with using the more advanced Java APIs (e.g. Java2D, JFC, JAI) for multimedia purposes.


The lecture topics are as follows:

Multimedia Authoring and Design

  • Project design: setting up, requirements, navigation, storage, delivery
  • Authoring tools: history, comparison of different approaches, functionality and principles
  • Case studies (eg. Authorware, CS3 Flash)
  • Applications (eg. kiosks, distance learning, web-based)


  • Colour and the production of colour on graphical output devices
  • Graphical representation and techniques
  • Java Graphics APIs
  • Principles of animation: model design, animation design, production
  • File formats of static and dynamic images: standards, uses, data compression, quality


  • Auditory input and output: standards and techniques
  • Quality of service and usability in sound

The course also includes a small number of tutorials and a substantial practical component, which will complement the lectures. Practical sessions will cover the use of audio editing software, image processing software, animation software, and multimedia authoring software. There will also be some Java programming, providing the opportunity for greater familiarity with the language as well as the use of Java Multimedia APIs.



Assessment is from one assignment (50%) and an exam (50%).

Module requirements

In assessing a student's grade for the module, the Examiners require that a student must:
  • Submit the assessed coursework

    Non-submission of the assessed coursework will result in the award of Fail for the module as a whole, due to failure to comply with published requirements. Assessed coursework submitted late will be accepted up to seven calendar days after the submission date (or expiry of any agreed extension) but the mark will be lowered by 3 points per day or part thereof. After seven days the piece of work will be deemed a non-submission, and will result in the award of Fail for the module as a whole. This rule (regarding coursework) may be relaxed for students who can show good cause for failure to submit. "Good cause" may include illness (for which a medical certificate or other evidence will be required).

  • Attend the examination

    If a student is unable to attend the Main examination, he/she must apply to the Student Programmes Office for a Deferred examination. If a Deferred examination is not granted, then the Examiners may allow a Resit examination. A student who attends neither the main exam nor the Resit/Deferred exam will be awarded Fail for the module as a whole. Students who obtain an overall Fail for the module, or a mark in the range 0-39, following the main examination will be eligible for a Resit examination. The overall mark awarded following a Resit examination is calculated from the original checkpoint and assignment achievements together with the better of the original and new exam marks, and is capped at 40.



  • Stephen McGloughlin. Multimedia: Concepts and Practice. Prentice Hall, 2001

  • Nigel Chapman & Jenny Chapman. Digital Multimedia. Third edition, 2009, or Second edition, John Wiley & Sons. 2004.

  • Daniel Cunliffe & Geoff Elliott, Multimedia Computing., Crucial. 2003.


Email l.s.smith@cs.stir.ac.uk - Web www.cs.stir.ac.uk/~lss - Mail Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA Contact Details