CS321: Computer Graphics

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Fall Quarter 2001

This course introduces the student to computer applications for the visualization of information. Algorithms, data structures, graphics primitives, and graphics standards are discussed in addition to hardware aspects of interactive computer graphics. Topics such as two- and three-dimensional transformations, graphics databases, and clipping algorithms are presented. Laboratory exercises using workstations and industry-standard graphics packages provide opportunities for students to develop interactive graphics algorithms and applications. (prereq: CS-285) (3-3-4)


On successful completion of this course, the student will:

  • Understand computer graphics hardware, algorithms, and applications;
  • Understand the design of graphical user interfaces;
  • Understand the importance of standards such as the X Window System and Motif;
  • Understand and be able to apply concepts of object-oriented programming, inheritance, polymorphism, and event-driven systems;
  • Be able apply data structures to the management of computer graphics entities;
  • Be able to use reference materials to gain knowledge of an unfamiliar software system (e.g., X Window System);
  • Be able to implement multi-module software systems incorporating components developed by others;
  • Be able to clarify and document software requirements when specifications are initially incomplete or ambiguous;
  • Understand the need for extensive internal software documentation, and be able to provide it.

The above course description and goals were taken from the official course description.

General Course Policies

Please review the general course policies webpage. However, please note that only the first hour of laboratory attendance will be required for this course.


Computer Graphics C Version, 2nd Ed., by Donald Hearn and M. Pauline Baker, Prentice-Hall, 1997.

Recommended Reading

Qt Programming in 24 Hours, Sams, 2000.

Programming with Qt, Dalheimer, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1999.

Web Resources

Oral Presentation

Each student will be required to give one five minute oral presentation.

My Schedule

Time Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
10:00 CS183 CS183 CS183   CS183
11:00 Office Hour Lunch w/ Students* XX
12:00 XX  
1:00 DEPT MTG Office Hour Office Hour
2:00 CS321 CC48 CS321 CC48 CS321 CC35 CS321 CC48 CS321 CC35
3:00 CS321 CC48 CS321 CC48 CS321 CC48

* I would like to have lunch with you individually or as a group to get to know you better. If we eat in RWJ, housing will pick up my lunch bill. If you would prefer to eat elsewhere, we will each be responsible for our own bill. Feel free to suggest another time if the time above does not work for you.


Oral Presentation:


Lab projects:


Midterm Exam: (10/8)


Final exam:




Tentative Schedule

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