COMPGV07 - Virtual Environments

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Code COMPGV07 (Also taught as: COMPM076)
Year MSc
Term 1
Taught By Anthony Steed (100%)
Aims The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the main concepts and practical issues in constructing and understanding Virtual Environments, and how people respond to a VE experience. Given the background of the course teachers, the focus on the technical side will be more on the visual aspects of VEs. A central theme of the course will also be that the understanding of VEs can be best understood through the concepts of presence and shared presence.
Learning Outcomes By the end of this course students should have an understanding of the core issues in VEs and have constructed a VE using a shared VE system.


Virtual Environment
Technology Requirements 

3D Interaction tasks 
Input devices 
System affordances 
3D Widgets


Immersion and presence 
Meaning and utility of presence 
Measuring presence


3D and Stereo Viewing 
HMDs, CAVEs and desks 
Graphics Architectures


Programming Virtual Environments
Programming models 
Simulation and animation 
Programming for distribution ves


Haptic devices 
Sound simulation 
Augmented reality

Method of Instruction:

Lecture presentations, peer-led seminars, and lab-classes. There are 2 pieces of coursework.


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (2.5 hours, 70%)
  • Coursework Section (2 pieces, 30%)

To pass this course, students must:


  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 50% for all sections combined.

The examination rubric is:
Answer three questions out of five. All questions carry equal marks.


Computer Graphics And Virtual Environments - From Realism to Real-Time. Mel Slater, Yiorgos Chrysanthou, Anthony Steed, ISBN 0201-62420-6, Addison-Wesley, 2002.