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COMP125A Visual Computing

15 Points

This paper enables students to perform basic computing operations and to operate software packages for the manipulation of visual images and text for use in print and screen-based applications. Students will be introduced to basic computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course students should be able to demonstrate competence in using a vector based drawing package, a raster based drawing package and a desk top publishing package. Students should be able to design and layout a well structured document incorporating text, and vector and raster based images created during the course.

Lecturers and Tutors

A Semester

Official Timetable Information

Labs: Currently scheduled lab streams are Tuesday/Thursday 2pm - 4pm and Tuesday/Thursday 4pm - 6pm in R.G.10 & R.G.11 (Labs 3 & 4). Students will be streamed based on their programme. Students are expected to attend both lab sessions. Open lab times are as posted outside the labs.

Compulsory Components
There is one lecture and two two-hour practical sessions each week. Although there is a lecture stream, the practical sessions may include presentations and tutorial type discussions where the material suits. Students will work through self-paced laboratory exercises, with assistance available from laboratory assistants. A tutor will supervise the laboratory activities giving personal attention as required.

COMP125 is a semester course. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 11-12 hours per week working on this course. Typically this will consist of:

Lecture 1 hr
Supervised Labwork 4 hrs
Unsupervised Labwork 3-4 hrs
Preparation / Review Remainder

Computing Resources
The laboratories for this course are R.G.10 and RG.11 (Labs 3 & 4). These labs are equipped with 84 PC computers, running Win7 with Adobe CS6 software. Doing the practicals will give you the 'hands-on' experience which is central to the course. You are expected to attend your lab sessions. Each session covers a particular set of skills dealing with various aspects of the course. Time allocated for the practicals is limited, so it is important that you prepare for each lab session if you are to gain the maximum benefit.

Means of Assessment

Written Test 10%
Practical Test 1 15%
Practical Test 2 15%
Mid Semester Project 20%
Final Project 20%
Practical Exercises 20%

Assessment Ratio
Internal assessment/final examination ratio 1:0

Assessment Components
The two tests are 'compulsory assessment items' of the course and attendance is compulsory.

Both projects and the assignment are also 'compulsory assessment items' and must be submitted.

Failure to attend the tests or submit both projects without proper documentation will result in you failing the course. To receive a passing grade you must complete a minimum of 80% of the practicals.

Assessment Deadlines
There are three tests in this course.

Written Test is on 9th April during the lecture time.
Practical Test 1 is on 1st May during the Thursday lab session.
Practical Test 2 is on 5th June during the Thursday lab session.

There are two projects in this course.
Project 1 is due Friday 9th May by 4pm following presentations in the Tuesday lab session.
Project 2 is due Friday 13th June by 4pm following presentations during study week.

Attendance Policy
Class attendance is expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive, additional material will be covered in class. You are responsible for all material covered in class.

Lecture Outlines
Here is a draft schedule of the topics to be covered each week:

WeekLectureLab 1 (Tuesday)Lab 2 (Thursday)
1Introduction Lab introduction
2Vector Illustration1 Indesign – introduction1 Illustrator – introduction
3Page Layout2 Indesign – typography2 Illustrator – paths & shapes
4Colour & Print3 Indesign – objects3 Illustrator – Emma I
5Colour Theory4 Indesign – layout4 Illustrator – Emma II
6Written Test5 Indesign – print prepress5 Illustrator – apples
Teaching Recess
7Comp. FundamentalsProject 1 – in class sessionPractical Test 1
8Image RepresentationProject 1 – presentationsImage Representation
9Raster Graphics1 Photoshop – introduction2 Photoshop – layers, masks, blends
10Photo Adjustment3 Photoshop – styles, brushes, actions4 Photoshop – image adjustment
11Photo Composition5 Photoshop – channels, paths & type6 Photoshop – online resources
12Advanced TechniquesProject 2 – in class sessionPractical Test 2
13No LectureProject 2 – presentations 

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Application for Extension
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Review of Grade
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University Regulations
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