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Graphics Visualisation Techniques PG (7108.6)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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This unit introduces students to the principles and application of real time 3D computer graphics, covering the following topics: OpenGL Programming; Display processors and GPUs (3D accelerators); 3D data structures; Maintaining adequate frame rate in games and visualization; Modeling of 3d objects using primitives; Modeling of 3D scenes using height fields; Advanced Texture mapping; View transformations; Simple animation; and 3D lighting and materials.
This unit may be cotaught with 7174 Visual and Interactive Computing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Analyse a problem for its suitability for a 3D visualisation;

2. Construct a program in C or C++ using OpenGL to render a model constructed of geometric primitives;

3. Develop an Illumination model for a 3D model using surface normals;

4. Construct a program that can render a height filed;

5. Write an OpenGl program to texture map a 3D model including MIP mapping, bilinear filtering and depth cueing;

6. Analyse and design a suitable 3D solution for common 3D visualisations as used in computer games or scientific visualisation; and

7. Evaluate 3D architectures for use in science or entertainment.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 39 hours per semester.





Assumed Knowledge

Basic mathematics skills, Ability to write programs in a third generation programming language.

Incompatible Units

7174 Visual and Interactive Computing.

Equivalent Units


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