CS7GV3 – Real-Time Rendering

Module CodeCS7GV3
Module NameReal-Time Rendering
ECTS Weighting [1]5 ECTS
Semester TaughtSemester 2
Module Coordinator/s  Assistant Professor Michael Manzke

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the differences between fixed function graphics pipelines and shader architectures, including pixel, vertex and geometry shaders;
  2. Architect a shader pipeline;
  3. Develop specific shaders to implement lighting models, shadowing, geometry processing and post-processing effects;
  4. Analyze and compare different approaches to real-time rendering;
  5. Discuss state-of-the-art issues in real-time rendering.

Module Content

  • Overview of graphics pipeline;
  • Introduction to GPUs;
  • Introduction to shader programming using GLSL;
  • Illumination/ Surface models (Phong, Blinn, normal maps etc.);
  • Shadowing Techniques (shadow maps, volumes etc.);
  • Global Illumination (reflection, refraction etc.);
  • Stylised and Non-photorealistic Rendering;
  • Voxel rendering.

Teaching and Learning Methods

This module deals with programming for GPU pipeline architectures e.g. geometry, rasterisation, texturing, fragment / pixel and vertex shaders. Students will be introduced to shader systems and shader coding and will learn about modern architectures and developing real-time graphics applications for desktop PC. The module will explore advanced rendering concepts presented at leading international conferences such as SIGGRAPH and GDC.

Assessment Details

Assessment ComponentBrief DescriptionLearning Outcomes Addressed% of TotalWeek SetWeek Due
Coursework Labs LO1, LO2, LO3,
LO4, LO5
50%Week 1Week 6
CourseworkProject LO1, LO2, LO3,
LO4, LO5
50%Week 6Week 12

Reassessment Details

Coursework (100%).

Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by:22 hours
Lecture11 hours
Laboratory11 hours
Independent Study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:103 hours
Preparation for classes and review of material (including preparation for examination, if applicable)40 hours
Completion of assessments (including examination, if applicable)63 hours
Total Hours125 hours

Recommended Reading List

  • Real-Time Rendering, (3rd edition) Akenine-Möller, Haines and Hoffman, ISBN 978-1568814247, AK-Peters.
  • Various research papers from SIGGRAPH.
  • Excerpts from GPU PRO, GPU Gems, Graphics Gems series of books.

Module Pre-requisites

Prerequisite modules: C++ and OpenGL.

Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: Knowledge in Python, OpenCV, Unity, Vuforia, ARCore, ARKit will be helpful but not necessarily required.

Module Co-requisites


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