This module is offered in 2019-20.


The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce issues that arise when designing, building and using distributed multimedia systems.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should:

  • Be familiar with multimedia data types and the conversion between analogue and digital forms.
  • Have gained experience in the use of multimedia systems and the ability to manipulate multimedia data programmatically.
  • Have gained an understanding of the issues that arise when multimedia communication is attempted across the Internet.
  • Understand the issues that arise when designing and building multimedia systems.


  • Fundamentals of multimedia.
  • For each of the major types (audio, image and video): elementary perception, signal processing, capture, encoding and compression (including modern multimedia formats).
  • Evaluation of multimedia systems and encodings.
  • Networked multimedia systems: transmission, compression and current examples.

Compulsory Elements

This module has the following compulsory elements in addition to those common to all modules (mark of 4 in each assessment component):

  • An individual presentation to the class on a topic to be chosen by the student.

Module Delivery

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Last Published: 21 Jun 2019.