NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
Office:: (757) 823-9454     Fax: (757) 823-9229
Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-480   Computer Graphics
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC-372
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Study of interactive computer graphics hardware and software: display devices, 2D and 3D geometric transformations, raster algorithms, representation of curves and surfaces, hidden line removal and surfaces, shading algorithms, and color graphics.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics,    By: Foley, Van Dam et. al.

Purchase books/supplies Online at NSU Barnes & Nobles Bookstore (http://norfolkstate.bncollege.com)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

This course is a required course for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objective:
  • To develop basic knowledge of computer graphics hardware
  • To develop knowledge of graphics programming using typical graphics packages
  • To understand the mathematics underlying 2D and 3D computer graphics
  • To develop knowledge of, and skill in using common graphics algorithms

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Overview of Graphics issues
  • Graphics Hardware
  • Review of 2D geometry: points, lines, curves
  • Viewports, world coordinates, screen coordinates and clipping
  • Geometric Transformations
  • 3D geometry
  • Viewing in 2D and in 3D
  • Representation of 3D shapes
  • Visual realism (removal of hidden lines, shading)
  • Animation
  • Examinations

PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

See Instructor

GRADING STANDARDS

    There will be weekly class work and a final examination.
  • Weekly class work....................... 75%
  • Final Examination.........................25%

The instructor may give up to 10% additional credit (above 100%) for class interaction. Every time a student earns such credit, s/he will be asked in class to send an email to the instructor the same day to account for the extra credit.

Under a mutual agreement with a deserving student, the instructor may agree on giving a project to make up for lost or poor work of up to a total of 25%.

Any case of dishonesty, where assignments, programs or tests are copied or otherwise done illegally will result in a grade of F for the course.

The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

    Expectations concerning Student conduct are as follows:
  • Students are encouraged to actively participate in class.
  • Students are expected to abide by the ACM Code of Ethics.
  • Students should place phones on pager or silent mode upon entering class.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The Computer Science Department adheres to the University Policy on class attendance. The University expects students to attend all classes. While unnecessary absences are discouraged, the University recognizes that, on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for being absent. Once a student exceeds the number of allowed unexcused absences, an instructor may require an official university excuse. Not more than 20% of class meetings (excused and/or unexcused) may be missed by a student during a given semester. Please read your student handbook for more details.

SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

    Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
    Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
    Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
    Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

    Critical Thinking
  • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

    Laboratory
  • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.