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Postgraduate course

Computer Graphics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeINF251
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course introduces the basic concepts of computer graphics. It provides the necessary theoretical background and demonstrates the application of computer science to graphics. The course further allows students to develop programming skills in computer graphics through programming assignments.

The course covers fundamental topics such as graphics representations and transformations, the viewing pipeline, visibility, lighting, and textures, as well as more advanced areas such as ray tracing and global illumination.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student

  • understands the core concepts and mathematical foundations of computer graphics
  • knows fundamental computer graphics algorithms and data structures
  • has an overview of different modeling approaches and methods
  • has detailed knowledge about basic shading and texture mapping techniques
  • understands light interaction with 3D scenes

The student

  • can use modeling software to create basic 3D scenes
  • can apply basic mathematics in the development of graphics applications
  • is able to design and develop interactive 3D programs using OpenGL
  • can develop software for modern graphics hardware

General competence
The student

  • is able to analyze, disseminate, and communicate visual computing solutions
  • can organize and structure problem solving approaches in a team environment

Required Previous Knowledge

INF100 and INF101 (or a comparable education); MAT101 (or MAT111, or any other comparable course).

Recommended Previous Knowledge

INF250. INF251 builds on INF102. A solid background in (object-oriented) programming, comprised of both knowledge and practical experience, is required. In particular, we recommend having experiences with C/C++ before subscribing to this course.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

I291: 10 ECTS, INF211: 10 ECTS

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

The course is built upon lectures, programming tutorials and programming assignments, as well as exercises. On average, students will meet up for lectures, tutorials, and exercises for 5 hours per week.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The exercises must be attended. The programming assignments will be evaluated and must be passed. An exam (about the content of the lectures) needs to be passed, as well. Compulsory assignments are valid two semesters, the semester of the approval and the following semester.

Forms of Assessment

Written digital exam (three hours). The overall evaluation of the course is then a combination of the grading of the programming assignments and the exam.

Examination Support Material

Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact studieveileder@ii.uib.no

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.


Student adviser:

mailto:studieveileder@ii.uib.no">Student adviser

T: 55 58 42 00

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam