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Multimedia and New Services

Code: EIC0064     Acronym: MNSE

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Interaction and Multimedia

Instance: 2014/2015 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer 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
MIEIC 24 Syllabus since 2009/2010 4 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Eurico Manuel Elias de Morais Carrapatoso

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Eurico Manuel Elias de Morais Carrapatoso 3,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The objectives of this course are: a) to present the concepts, services and their multimedia and hypermedia applications; b) to present coding techniques and representation of multimedia information; c) to introduce application development tools; d) to develop applications. 

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of the course the students will be able to: - Identify the distinct technologies required for an multimedia application or service; - To know the reality, the requirements and constraints of different technologies involved; - Designing a multimedia application or service taking into account technological limitations; - Develop an application or service using multimedia authoring software Adobe Flash.

Working method



1. Introduction to multimedia: definition, types of media, levels of information, basic technologies. 2. Multimedia applications: classification, some examples. 3. Coding and representation of multimedia information: information theory and compression techniques, image compression, video compression, audio compression 4. User interfaces: usability, design, evaluation. 5. Network requirements of multimedia applications: performance parameters, requirements of various media. 6. Networks and multimedia application: architectures and protocols, distributed systems, QoS (Quality of Service) on ATM and on the Internet, models and applications. 7. New services: interactive digital television; multimedia streaming, IPtel

Mandatory literature

Ze-Nian Li e Mark Drew; Fundamentals of Multimedia, Prentice Hall , 2003
François Fluckiger; Understanding networked multimedia. ISBN: 0-13-190992-4

Teaching methods and learning activities

Presentation of the program; practical classes which introduce the tools; homework and development of an application; public presentation of the assignments.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 60,00
Trabalho laboratorial 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 45,00
Elaboração de projeto 80,00
Estudo autónomo 37,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Minimum grade on the assignment: 8 out of 20

Calculation formula of final grade

Exam: 60% of the final grade Assignment: 40% of the final grade Minimum grade on the exam: 8 out of 20

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Student workers, although exempt from classes, must perform the same practical works as other students. They must also submit them to evaluation, as well as defend them on the dates that are set globally.

Classification improvement

Improvement of the exam grade is possible according to the rules in FEUP. Improvment of practical works is still possible at the end of this course occurrence.


Presentation of the practical work [version beta]: May 30 Delivery of practical work: June 6 Delivery of practical work for classification mprovement: the day of the last exam

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