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Graphical Applications Laboratory

Code: EIC0084     Acronym: LAIG

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Interaction and Multimedia

Instance: 2011/2012 - 1S

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://www.fe.up.pt/~aas/pub/Aulas/LAIG/
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEEC 5 Syllabus (Transition) since 2010/2011 4 - 7 70 189
Syllabus 4 - 7 70 189
MIEIC 112 Syllabus since 2009/2010 3 - 7 70 189

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
António Augusto de Sousa

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 2,00
Practical: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 1 2,00
António Augusto de Sousa 2,00
Practical Totals 6 18,00
Alexandre Miguel Barbosa Valle de Carvalho 6,00
Jorge Manuel Gomes Barbosa 6,00
Rui Pedro Amaral Rodrigues 6,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The objective of this course is to develop a set of practical skills, some of them already tough in above courses. This course is focused in development practical works, multidisciplinary as possible, namely in the areas of Computer Graphics and Interfaces, Logic Programming, Operating Systems.

At the end of this course, students must be able to
- Design adequate structures to the use in 3D rendering systems;
- Design, develop and evaluate software applications with a 3D graphical interface by the use of a proper graphical technology;
- Integrate code developed in different environments and languages, by the use of communication technologies.

It is also an objective to give the students the capacity to develop software, namely in the creation of 3D environments (polygonal representation, illumination and interaction) and in the use of services offered by the operating system, with emphasis in communications and synchronization.


Image synthesis:
Phong illumination model; polygonal surface rendering; texture mapping.

Human-Machine Interface:
Functionality and usability
Event handling and user interaction
GUI building

Operating Systems:
Interprocess communication
Synchronization mechanisms

Mandatory literature

Foley, James D. 070; Introduction to computer graphics. ISBN: 0-201-60921-5

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical classes:
Reviewing of the relevant themes for the practical works. Particular care with implementation details as well as proper cues for their development.
Presentation of the main characteristics related to the technologies to be used (OpenGL, Operating System API...)

Practical classes:
Development of 3 software projects, in groups of two students, oriented to the themes mentioned in the "Contents" above.




Technological sciences > Technology > Graphic techniques > Computer graphics
Technological sciences > Technology > Interface technology > Virtual reality

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Description Type Time (hours) Weight (%) End date
Attendance (estimated) Participação presencial 70,00
Practical work extra classes Trabalho escrito 56,00
Evaluation Exame 8,00
Total: - 0,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Description Type Time (hours) End date
Studying (Theory + Manuals) Estudo autónomo 42
Study for evaluation sessions Estudo autónomo 12
Total: 54,00

Eligibility for exams

Not exceed the absence limits and actively participate in the practical works that will be subject to evaluation.

Working students and equivalent, because they are exempt from classes must, in time periods defined with teachers, present the evolution of their works, and participate in the final presentations sessions as the regular students. They also must be subject to the normal individual practical tests.

Calculation formula of final grade

Continuous Evaluation: 30% (evaluation performed in all practical classes by teachers)
Assignments Assessment: 70% (criteria to be defined in the practical works)

FG = 30% CE + 70% AA
AA = 30% W1 + 30% W2 + 40% W3
W1 = 50% A1 + 50% IA1
W2 = 50% A2 + 50% IA2
W3 = A3

FG: Final Grade
CE: Continuous Evaluation in classes
AA: Assignments Assessment
W1: Classificação global obtida pelo aluno no trabalho 1
W2: Classificação global obtida pelo aluno no trabalho 2
W3: Classificação global obtida pelo aluno no trabalho 3
A1: Assignment 1
A2: Assignment 2
A3: Assignment 3
IA1: Individual practical test over work 1
IA2: Individual practical test over work 2
IA3: (not applicable)

Examinations or Special Assignments

Practical Work 1
Delivery Date: 09/Oct/2011
Working group evaluation in practical classes: week from 10/Oct to 14/Oct
Individual Practical Assessment: 19/Oct, 14:30-18:30, rooms to be announced

Practical Work 2
Delivery Date: 13/Nov/2011
Working group evaluation: made by teachers, out of classes
Individual Practical Assessment: 16/Nov, 14:30-18:30, rooms to be announced

Practical Work3
Delivery Date: 16/Dec/2011
Working group evaluation in practical classes: week from 02/Jan/2012 to 06/Jan/2012
Individual Practical Assessment: (not applicable)

- First and third Practical Works will be subject to a group evaluation with discussion.
- First and second Practical Works will be also subject to individual practical assessment.
- Each individual practical assessment will be composed by an implementation of new functionalities over the software previously developed in the correspondent group practical work.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

For working students and equivalent, the continuous evaluation CE in the formula above may be not considered and, in these cases, the component AA increases to 100%. These students must however accomplish with the above considerations about realization and evaluation of works.

Association heading students are subject to the regular evaluation rules.

Classification improvement

Development of alternative works in the next course term.


Each practical work 1 and 3 is evaluated at the end of the period stipulated for its development, in the practical class properly scheduled.

Pre-requisite: it is desirable that the students in this course acquired frequency in courses Computer Grpahics and Algorithms and Data Structures from 2nd year, as well as participate in the course Operating Systems, from 3rd year.
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