Module Guide

ANIM2001 Introduction to CGI 1: Modelling & texturing Module Guide

Module Leader: Jaime Pardo. 
Office Hours: Monday -Wednesday.
Skype Availabilty by appointment: Monday, Wednesday.  
Submission Date: Teaching Week 12, Friday 13/01/17.

Introduction
This module studies the possibilities of creation in a 3D virtual environment. It looks to the history of computer graphics imaging, and examines current concepts and developments in creating artifacts in 3D environments. In addition it investigates existing industry standard procedures and processes in modelling and texturing a Bi-Pedal CG Character.

Aims
To familiarise the learners with a complex set of tools to enable them to realise their designs.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module, students will be able to;
  1. generate a range of ideas to create a 3D model.
  2. apply correct use of CG modelling techniques, texture mapping and basic lighting.
  3. use critical judgement and problem solving to build a well ordered polygonal character model.
Learning and Teaching Activities
A variety of teaching strategies will be deployed to ensure that the material is accessible to all participants. The weekly teaching sessions will be made up of: Short lectures to provide a background introduction to principles, and mythologies behind construction to aid learner analysis and to form the backdrop to workshops.

A range of tutor-directed tasks, online video tutorials and further reading will serve to structure your independent study and prepare you to undertake the major project that is to be assessed.
You should expect to undertake a significant amount of accompanying independent study (at least 6 hours per week) – spending time practicing, researching and preparing for sessions. 

Independent study and practice of CG modelling skills will help to develop your understanding of this challenging medium and will be critical to successful engagement with this module. Guidance on readings, lecture notes and video tutorials will be provided on Lynda.com or via the module blog, as appropriate.

Structured individual tutorial support will be available to all students in order to provide feedback on the set tasks and to assist with planning and organisation of the main project.

What is expected of you on the Module
  • Each student engages in at least 10 hours study per week: 4 hours in class and at least 6 hours independent study either at home or on campus.
  • You must notify the module tutor by email if you are unable to attend or are ill. Please provide the following information: your name, the module name and number, the date of the session missed, and the reason for the absence in your email
  • That you ensure that you have signed the register
  • If you have miss a session, you ensure that you catch up with material – consulting the module blog or blackboard, other students and the module tutors as necessary to do so
  • That you undertake preparatory tasks of studying and practicing the online training materials or core reading in preparation for each session as indicated 
  • That you check your university email, the module blog and blackboard for course updates and advice
  • That mobile phones, ipods etc are all switched off during taught sessions
  • That you say when you don’t understand something and come and ask the tutor for advice/help

Attendance Policy
It is expected that you will attend all taught sessions, in the same way that attendance is expected in the workplace. Indeed regular attendance has a significant impact on student engagement, understanding and successful completion of University courses. Furthermore non-attendance will significantly affect your ability successfully to complete a module and may jeopardise your ability to undertake re-assessment in the event of failing a module.

It is your responsibility as a student, just as it would be if you were an employee, to ensure that you are punctual and that your attendance has been recorded on the register each week.

Should you, for some unavoidable reason, be unable to attend a scheduled session (for example if you are ill) then you must send an email to ihcastudentabsence@worc.ac.uk. Please include in your email  your name and student number, the module code and name, the date of the missed session, and your reason for missing it. You should make sure that you copy the module tutor into the email and also contact your module tutor to make arrangements to catch up on any work you have missed.

Notification must be received within 6 days of the date of the missed session.

Alternatively you can inform IHCA of your absence via the telephone. Please ring 01905 542542 (John Powell) with the required details.

Students with two or more unexplained absences may be required to attend a tutorial/ interview with the module leader, course leader or head of division to discuss their progress.

What help is available to help your study
Attending class sessions are extremely important in regards to receiving technical support, where possible and critical feedback from staff and peers, as you progress in the module. The module guide, on line training material and blog posts from your peers and tutor are also there to help with your study.
 
Email responses usually within 24 hours (Monday - Wednesday only) to any questions and queries – at j.pardo@worc.ac.uk.
 
Individual and or group tutorials as requested – You are welcome to come and knock on our doors and ask for help at any time, but if you want to be assured of a tutorial then book a session by emailing to arrange one.

Assessment & Assessment Criteria
There is one summative assessment item – based on the brief – failure submit will jeopardize both your right to re-assessment and your ability to graduate in 2018.

Assessment Criteria are descriptions of grades which apply to particular levels of achievement. They are intended to make more explicit the grades that are achieved at the end of each project. The assessed learning which you may achieve on the course can be classified under three main areas.

1. The Conceptual. 
Ability to (from learning outcome 1) generate a range of ideas for a 3d Model.
Assessment Criteria - Generating & selecting ideas.

2. The Productive 
Ability to (from learning outcome 2) - apply correct use of CG modelling techniques, texture mapping and basic lighting.
Assessment Criteria - Process &/or concept development

3. The Contextual/Critical
Ability to (from learning outcome 3) - use critical judgement and problem solving to build a well ordered polygonal character model.
Assessment Criteria - Research & analysis of information, contextualization & critical thinking.

Subject Specific Knowledge and Understanding 
Your ability to design and build a CG Bipedal character model to a professional standard.
Generic Knowledge and Understanding
Your ability to document and reflect upon your learning with intelligence and maturity in regular blog posts.

Reading and Resources 

The resource list for this module can be accessed at https://worc.rl.talis.com/search.html?q=anim2001

The latest guidance and policy relating to referencing at the University of Worcester is available at http://library.worc.ac.uk/guides/study-skills/referencing.

Students studying this module are advised to use the Harvard style of referencing.

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