|Office:||311 Heller Hall|
|Office Hours:||M, W, F 10-11, and Tu 2-4, and by appointment|
|Lectures:||M, W, F 1 pm in HH 302|
|Lab:||M 5 pm in MWAH 177|
|Course Web Site:||http://www.d.umn.edu/~ddunham/cs5721|
|Course directory:||/opt/local/studata/COURSES/cs5721 (see below)|
|Teaching Assistant:||Rashmi Kankaria|
|Consulting Hours in HH 314:||Tuesday 6-8 p.m. and Thursday 6-8 p.m.|
A detailed list of Course Outcomes is at: http://www.d.umn.edu/cs/asse/outc/CS5721.pdf
Design of programs using 2D and 3D graphics packages. Introduction to modeling and viewing transformations, illumination models, design of hierarchical geometric models, animation. Analysis and implementation of basic graphics algorithms: scan conversion, clipping, visible surface determination, and rendering.
Semester prerequisite: CS 2511, Math 1297 or #, or the equivalent if you are a transfer student.
Important note: The computer science program at UMD is accredited by CAC (the Computing Accreditation Commission). One of the CAC requirements is that all students must satisfy the prerequisites in order to be admitted to a course, so if you have not passed the prerequisite courses, you will be asked to drop this course (if you have any questions about this, please see the instructor after the lecture or during office hours).
Course Objectives and Content:
This course provides an introduction to 2- and 3-dimensional computer graphics, including basic algorithms and the mathematics behind the transformations and viewing operations. The following is an outline of the material to be covered in the course. We will start with an introduction to computer graphics, followed by a simple (2D) raster graphics package and its algorithms. Then we will cover geometrical transformations and viewing in 3D, and use them with a 3D graphics package. Finally, we will cover material from solid modeling, the theory of colored light, visible-surface determination, and illumination and shading.
There will be weekly individual programming assignments that illustrate concepts in 2- and 3-dimensional computer graphics. The graphics software libraries that will be used for this course require that the programs be written in C or C++.
The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. As instructor, I am committed to upholding University of Minnesota's equal opportunity policy. I encourage you to talk to me in private about any concerns you have related to equal opportunity in the classroom. To inquire further about the University's policy on equal opportunity, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, 269-273 DAdB, (http://www.d.umn.edu/equaloo), phone: (218) 726-6827 or (218) 726-6849, email: email@example.com.
Students with Disabilities:
If you have any disability (either permanent or temporary) that might affect your ability to perform in this class, please inform me at the start of the quarter. I may adapt methods, materials, or testing so that you can participate equitably. To learn about the services that UMD provides to students with disabilities, contact the Access Center/Disability Services 102 Kirby Student Center, (http://www.d.umn.edu/access), phone: (218) 726-8217 or TTY (218) 726-7380, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, 269-273 DAdB, (http://www.d.umn.edu/equaloo), phone: (218) 726-6827, email: email@example.com.
Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, by Foley, van Dam, Feiner, and Hughes, Addison Wesley, 1990, 1996. ISBN: 0-201-84840-6
There is additional, important information, including information on the graphics packages we will be using, in the class directory:
There is a README file in that directory that explains what is in the files and subdirectories.
It is not directly required that you attend class, however: a tenth of a point will be awarded for attendance at each class meeting and each lab meeting.
Also, you are responsible for reading assigned text material and for material covered in class, including:
If you are unable to attend a class meeting, it is your responsibility to obtain class notes, assignments, and extra copies of handouts from your study partner. Note: assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date (unless otherwise specified) -- they will be docked 25% per day if turned in late.
As mentioned above, the software that we will be using requires that programs be written in C or C++. The programming assignments should adhere to the Computer Science Lab Report Format.
Getting Help with Programming Assignments: There are several things to be noted. First, all lab assignments are to be your own work -- there will be no group labs in this course. That doesn't mean that you can't get any help at all, but you should not copy code from other students. However, if you get stuck on some point in understanding the assignment, or get a bug that you can't figure out, then it is all right to ask your study partner.
Second, when you and your study partner get stuck on a bug that you can't figure out, bring printouts of all your files (.c/.cpp and .h files, and input and output files, if any) and the error messages to the TA or instructor.
When debugging, use the instructor as a last resort after trying all the other resources. The instructor can answer questions involving interpretation of the assignments if the TA doesn't have the answer.
Examinations and Grading:
There will be a midterm exam, worth 100 points and a final exam worth 200 points. These exams are closed book. The final exam will be comprehensive. Exams will not be given early, and makeups must be justified by dire circumstances described to the instructor before the time of the exam.
|Exam||Points||Date and Time|
|Midterm Exam||100 points||Wednesday, March 10, 1-1:50 pm in HH 302|
|Final Exam||200 points||Thursday, May 13, 2-3:55 pm in HH 302|
It is Department of Computer Science policy not to return final exams, however they are kept and you can look at your exam in the instructor's office. The section Final Examination Conflicts on the Final Examination Policy web page explains the UMD policy about having more than two final exams on a single day.
Scores and total points
will be maintained by the TA on the TA's web site.
At the end of the semester, scores, total points, and grades
will be posted on the
"Grades" page of
the class web site:
using the last digits of your student id number. If you wish to have your scores posted using a number other than the last digits of your student id, you may email your request to the instructor.
Grading Procedures: Final grades are based on total points distributed approximately as follows: