COSC363-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Computer Graphics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


The course focuses on all aspects of fundamental computer graphics, including 2D/3D object representations, transformations, modelling and rendering algorithms. The course also aims to provide a good foundation for OpenGL programming, which is a widely accepted standard for developing graphics applications.

Computer graphics is a rapidly growing field with applications spanning several areas such as three-dimensional modeling and design, game engine development, scientific and information visualization, artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Present- day graphics hardware as well as graphics programming libraries provide powerful and exhaustive set of features  that allow us to develop elegant algorithms and visual effects. The course lays the foundation of both the theoretical and application oriented aspects of computer graphics methods. Particular emphasis is given on rendering and animation techniques for generating photo-realistic scenes with the help of illumination and reflection models and texture mapping functions.

Learning Outcomes

  • After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of fundamental principles in Computer Graphics
  • Design Computer Graphics algorithms for three-dimensional rendering and animation
  • Develop programs using OpenGL to model and render three dimensional scenes
  • Design and implement three-dimensional transformations and lighting models
  • Develop shader based methods for programming the graphics hardware
  • Describe and analyse design strategies used in computer graphics methods
  • Gain skills necessary for the study of advanced concepts in graphics


(1) ENCE260, (2) 30 points of 200-level Computer Science, (3) 15 points of 100-level MATH/STAT/EMTH (MATH120) recommended). MATH101 is not acceptable.

Timetable Note

Depending on final student numbers, some of the advertised lab/tutorial streams may not run. Final lab/tutorial options will be available for self-allocation closer to the start of the semester through My Timetable.

Students are expected to attend both lecture sessions in each week. There will be three lab streams per week and you should attend one of them each week. There will be no lab session in the first week of Term-1.

Course Coordinator

Ramakrishnan Mukundan


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment One 02 Apr 2020
Assignment Two 28 May 2020
Quizzes 10 Quizzes comprising of 1% each. Held in week 2 to week 11.
Final Exam

No assignments will be accepted after the drop-dead date. The penalty for the late submission of an assignment will be an absolute deduction of 15% of the maximum possible mark.

For assignments, students must not work with anybody else on the assignment details. In particular, students are not permitted to share program source code in any way (including giving or showing either paper or electronic copies of source code).

Updated Semester One 2020 assessment deadlines and details will be available once finalised.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Texts:
1. F.S. Hill, S.M. Kelley, Computer Graphics Using OpenGL , Prentice Hall 2006.
2. Edward Angel, Interactive Computer Graphics, 4th ed., Addison Wesley, 2006.
3. Eric Lengyel, Mathematics for 3D Game Programming and Computer Graphics, Cengage Learning, 2011.


There are several important documents available online about departmental regulations, policies and guidelines at the following site. We expect all students to be familiar with these.

Notices about this class will be posted to the class forum in the Learn system.

COSC students will also be made members of a class called “CSSE Notices”, where general notices will be posted that apply to all classes (such as information about building access or job opportunities).

Additional Course Outline Information

Grade moderation

The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:
1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.
2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.
If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University- wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a B- grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $867.00

International fee $4,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

All COSC363 Occurrences

  • COSC363-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020