COMPSCI 715 : Advanced Computer Graphics


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An advanced look at current research issues in computer graphics. Typical topics include: ray-tracing acceleration methods; radiosity; subdivision surfaces; physically-based modelling; animation; image-based lighting and rendering; non-photorealistic rendering; advanced texturing. The precise content may vary from year to year. Consult the department for details. Recommended preparation: COMPSCI 373 or equivalent, and 15 points at Stage II in Mathematics.

Course Overview

This is a research focused course that examines in depth a selection of advanced topics in modern computer graphics. It is suitable for students familiar with graphics and rendering topics, such as is taught in COMPSCI 373, or students who are able to invest time in individual study.
This course provides a solid grounding in research practice and graphics software development, supported by practical work. It is well suited for students interested in pursuing further postgraduate study and a career in research or graphics.
We recommend COMPSCI 373 or prior practical experience with computer graphics.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Approval of the Academic Head or nominee

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify specific research problems within a sub-field of computer graphics, and discuss their difficulty, challenges and potential solution approaches​. (Capability 2 and 3)
  2. Discuss and critically evaluate scientific literature related to a modern computer graphics research topic. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  3. Design and explain a solution to a research problem. (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
  4. Explain and implement algorithms for generating 3D content. (Capability 1 and 4)
  5. Evaluate graphics algorithms with respect to efficiency and realism constraints. (Capability 1 and 2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 45% Individual Coursework
Presentation 15% Group Coursework
Project 40% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Key Topics

Research Methods
Visualization Techniques
Augmented and Virtual Reality
3D Modeling
Procedural Modeling
Noise Functions
Graphics Education
Game Technology

Learning Resources

There is no prescribed textbook. Readings and supplemental materials will be distributed in class and on Canvas as needed.

Special Requirements

There are no special requirements.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

As a project based course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures and group meetings, and 7 hours of work on assignments and projects.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 09/07/2020 04:58 p.m.