Response to 2014/15 survey feedback.
The Computer Graphics course is running in 2015/16.
I have taken note of the feedback provided through the Student Online Survey. I have the following responses/clarifications:
- The coursework provides a framework that handles all the necessary OpenGL calls, so that there is no need to learn OpenGL to complete the coursework. Teaching the various fast changing graphics APIs is not an aim of the course, since this is material that can easily be looked up online, instead the course focusses on the underlying concepts necessary to understand and use these APIs. However this year there will be a lecture introducing modern OpenGL to help with the coursework.
- This year the coursework will focus less on C++ programming, but this will still be necessary. I would not recommend taking the course if you are not comfortable with both C and C++ style programming languages.
- There is a lot of material covered in the course, so there is simply not time to go into detail on every topic, and the outline given in the lectures is all that is expected to be learnt for the exams. Textbooks are only suggested to help in understanding of the material covered in the course, not to learn extra material.
- More effort will be made to put topics into context, and lecture slides and course materials are being updated for this year.
Tom Thorne, August 2015.