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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Electronic Engineering Short Name: EEM.MMS
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: WINDEATT T Dr (Elec Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Written Closed-book Examination
Report, Seminar Presentation & Pro. assignment
Module Overview
Multimedia Systems is a wide topic, and therefore a significant part of the module is self-taught, with students presenting a seminar and writing a report on a topic of their own choice.
Module Aims
To prepare students for employment by companies specialising in modern information technology applications and techniques.
Learning Outcomes
To demonstrate that they understand and assimilate the principles and underlying technology of Digital Broadcasting Systems, and Multimedia Systems. To familiarise themselves with a particular area of Digital Broadcasting/Multimedia Systems of their own choice.
Module Content

Lecture Component  Digital Broadcasting and Multimedia Basics


Lecturer  TW


Hours  20 Lecture hours with interspersed student-presented seminars


1           Introduction - Television, computers, multimedia, technology integration.


2-5        Basics of Television - Monochrome vs colour, human visual system, scanning, resolution, video signals.


6-9        Digital Video Broadcasting - Analogue video fundamentals, colour signals, digital standards, sampling, timing.


10-11    Multimedia Concepts – Definition, taxonomy of applications, enabling technologies.


12-14    Multimedia Hardware - Cameras, VCRs, displays, interactive components, data recording principles, storage devices.


15-16    Multimedia Software – Tool boxes, authoring, animation, Internet.


17         Computers & Television - Computer displays, video controllers, computer architectures and data communication.



Lecture Component  Emerging Technologies


Lecturer  MB


Hours  10 Lecture hours


1-2        Introduction - Industrial perspective on digital solution, convergence of technologies, world wide standards.


3-6        Applications – Conventional vs advanced television concepts, interactive multimedia, video on demand, case studies.


7-10     Future Systems – Problems facing new technologies, intelligent multimedia, virtual environments, research directions.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures: 30 hours over 10 weeks
Assignments: Programming assignment – set and marked by TW (issued week 2) 15% Report on Dig Broadcasting/Multimedia – set and marked by TW (week 1 – written report due in week 11 – presented in a seminar) 25%. Estimated number of hours to complete assignments: 60

Labs: weeks 2 and 10 during lecture slot.

Selected Texts/Journals
Robin, R and Poulin, M, Digital Television Fundamentals, McGraw-Hill, 1998. 0-07-053168-4 [B]
Buford, J.F.K, Multimedia Systems, Addison-Wesley, 1995. 0-201-53258-1 [C]
Fluckiger, F, Understanding Networked MultiMedia, Prentice-Hall, 1995. 0-13-190992-4 [C]

Foley, J.D., Van Dam et al, Introduction to Computer Graphics, Addison-Wesley, 1994. 0-201-60921-5 [B]

Last Updated

12 August 2010