GPH 469 Computer Graphics Development
Basic graphics architecture. Coordinate systems. Clipping. Three-dimensional representations and transformations. Visible-surface algorithms. Introduction to illumination. Gouraud and Phong shading. Texturing techniques including light and environment mapping as time allows.
This course provides an in-depth introduction to current methods for real-time interactive computer graphics using an industry standard API. We will cover a wide range of topics from the mathematical foundations to current trends in computer hardware for computer graphics.
Required: F. Hill, Computer Graphics Using OpenGL, 2001.
Highly Recommended: Nieder, et al. The OpenGL Programming Guide: The Official Guide to Learning OpenGL, Release 1.4 (This is the famous "red" book. The definitive guide to OpenGL)
Recommended: Fosner, OpenGL Programming for Windows 95 and Windows NT, 1997.
Grading in this course will be broken down into four areas. Participation includes, but is not limited to attendance. You are also expected to participate in class discussions and contribute to the class in a positive way. The exams will be written. The final grade will be calculated with the following percentages.
- 30% Participation and Weekly programming assignments
- 35% Midterm
- 35% Final Exam
Late homework cannot be accepted as we will be going over homework at the begining of class the following week.
The midterm exam will be on Tuesday February 6, and the final exam will be Tuesday March 20, so mark your calendars. To pass the course, you must pass both the midterm and the final. The only acceptable excuse for missing an exam is illness (which must be documented). If missing an exam will be absolutely unavoidable, see me before the exam takes place or you will receive an automatic zero. Make-up exams are oral.
Attendance will be taken in class, and is required. After the first absence, your final grade will be affected for every missed class. Remember that this course is only 10 weeks long. Therefore, missing one class means missing 10% of the entire course. Being more than 30 minutes late will be counted as an absence. Also, while course notes may be posted on the web, they will not be exhaustive and may not include all topics covered in class.
What to Expect
As usual for courses in mathematics and programming, in this class you should expect to spend a significant amount of time outside of class reviewing course materials and topics and working on homework problems. Throughout the course, I may distribute handouts of notes on various topics, and certain in-class materials including sample programs will be available on the class website. Nevertheless you are expected to take comprehensive notes during class and to review those notes in preparation for the next class.
Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.
Email is the primary means of communication between faculty and students enrolled in this course outside of class time. Students should be sure their email listed under "demographic information" at CampusConnect is correct.
This course will be subject to the academic integrity policy passed by faculty. More information can be found at http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/
The university and school policy on plagiarism can be summarized as follows: Students in this course should be aware of the strong sanctions that can be imposed against someone guilty of plagiarism. If proven, a charge of plagiarism could result in an automatic F in the course and possible expulsion. The strongest of sanctions will be imposed on anyone who submits as his/her own work any assignment which has been prepared by someone else. If you have any questions or doubts about what plagiarism entails or how to properly acknowledge source materials be sure to consult the instructor.
An incomplete grade is given only for an exceptional reason such as a death in the family, a serious illness, etc. Any such reason must be documented. Any incomplete request must be made at least two weeks before the final, and approved by the Dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media. Any consequences resulting from a poor grade for the course will not be considered as valid reasons for such a request.
Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Student Center, LPC, Suite #370
Phone number: (773)325.1677