CSCI 5619 -- New Course

Wed Apr 24 13:30:25 2013

Approvals Received:
on 04-24-13
by Mary Freppert
Approvals Pending: College/Dean  > Provost > Catalog
Effective Status: Active
Effective Term: 1139 - Fall 2013
Course: CSCI 5619
UMNTC - Twin Cities
UMNTC - Twin Cities
Career: UGRD
College: TIOT - College of Science and Engineering
Department: 11108 - Computer Science & Eng
Course Title Short: VR and 3D Interaction
Course Title Long: Virtual Reality and 3D Interaction
Max-Min Credits
for Course:
3.0 to 3.0 credit(s)
Introduction to software, technology and applications in virtual and augmented reality and 3D user interaction. Overview of current research. Hands-on projects.
Print in Catalog?: Yes
CCE Catalog
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Grading Basis: Stdnt Opt
Topics Course: No
Honors Course: No
Online Course: No
Contact Hours:
3.0 hours per week
Years most
frequently offered:
Even years only
Term(s) most
frequently offered:
Component 1: LEC (no final exam)
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Financial Aid
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
3.0 credit(s)
Repetition of
Repetition not allowed.
for Catalog:
4611 or 5607 or 5115 or equiv or #
No course equivalencies
No required consent
(course-based or
No prerequisites
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Sponsor Name:
Victoria Interrante
Sponsor E-mail Address:
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes: * Student in the course:

- Can identify, define, and solve problems

Please explain briefly how this outcome will be addressed in the course. Give brief examples of class work related to the outcome.

Students will be required to independently plan and carry out a term project, with guidance from the instructor at critical intervals.

How will you assess the students' learning related to this outcome? Give brief examples of how class work related to the outcome will be evaluated.

The term project will involve: a project proposal, a mid-semester progress report, a final written project report, and a final project oral presentation. The project proposal and mid-semester progress reports will be reviewed by the instructor and returned to the student with feedback. The instructor will read and grade the final written project report, and will provide feedback to the student after the end of the semester upon request. In addition, the instructor will examine the student during the oral project presentation.

Liberal Education
this course fulfills:
Other requirement
this course fulfills:
Criteria for
Core Courses:
Describe how the course meets the specific bullet points for the proposed core requirement. Give concrete and detailed examples for the course syllabus, detailed outline, laboratory material, student projects, or other instructional materials or method.

Core courses must meet the following requirements:

  • They explicitly help students understand what liberal education is, how the content and the substance of this course enhance a liberal education, and what this means for them as students and as citizens.
  • They employ teaching and learning strategies that engage students with doing the work of the field, not just reading about it.
  • They include small group experiences (such as discussion sections or labs) and use writing as appropriate to the discipline to help students learn and reflect on their learning.
  • They do not (except in rare and clearly justified cases) have prerequisites beyond the University's entrance requirements.
  • They are offered on a regular schedule.
  • They are taught by regular faculty or under exceptional circumstances by instructors on continuing appointments. Departments proposing instructors other than regular faculty must provide documentation of how such instructors will be trained and supervised to ensure consistency and continuity in courses.

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Criteria for
Theme Courses:
Describe how the course meets the specific bullet points for the proposed theme requirement. Give concrete and detailed examples for the course syllabus, detailed outline, laboratory material, student projects, or other instructional materials or methods.

Theme courses have the common goal of cultivating in students a number of habits of mind:
  • thinking ethically about important challenges facing our society and world;
  • reflecting on the shared sense of responsibility required to build and maintain community;
  • connecting knowledge and practice;
  • fostering a stronger sense of our roles as historical agents.

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LE Recertification-Reflection Statement:
(for LE courses being re-certified only)
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Writing Intensive
Propose this course
as Writing Intensive
Question 1 (see CWB Requirement 1): How do writing assignments and writing instruction further the learning objectives of this course and how is writing integrated into the course? Note that the syllabus must reflect the critical role that writing plays in the course.

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Question 2 (see CWB Requirement 2): What types of writing (e.g., research papers, problem sets, presentations, technical documents, lab reports, essays, journaling etc.) will be assigned? Explain how these assignments meet the requirement that writing be a significant part of the course work, including details about multi-authored assignments, if any. Include the required length for each writing assignment and demonstrate how the minimum word count (or its equivalent) for finished writing will be met.

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Question 3 (see CWB Requirement 3): How will students' final course grade depend on their writing performance? What percentage of the course grade will depend on the quality and level of the student's writing compared to the percentage of the grade that depends on the course content? Note that this information must also be on the syllabus.

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Question 4 (see CWB Requirement 4): Indicate which assignment(s) students will be required to revise and resubmit after feedback from the instructor. Indicate who will be providing the feedback. Include an example of the assignment instructions you are likely to use for this assignment or assignments.

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Question 5 (see CWB Requirement 5): What types of writing instruction will be experienced by students? How much class time will be devoted to explicit writing instruction and at what points in the semester? What types of writing support and resources will be provided to students?

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Question 6 (see CWB Requirement 6): If teaching assistants will participate in writing assessment and writing instruction, explain how will they be trained (e.g. in how to review, grade and respond to student writing) and how will they be supervised. If the course is taught in multiple sections with multiple faculty (e.g. a capstone directed studies course), explain how every faculty mentor will ensure that their students will receive a writing intensive experience.

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Course Syllabus
Course Syllabus: For new courses and courses in which changes in content and/or description and/or credits are proposed, please provide a syllabus that includes the following information: course goals and description; format;structure of the course (proposed number of instructor contact hours per week, student workload effort per week, etc.); topics to be covered; scope and nature of assigned readings (text, authors, frequency, amount per week); required course assignments; nature of any student projects; and how students will be evaluated. The University "Syllabi Policy" can be found here

The University policy on credits is found under Section 4A of "Standards for Semester Conversion" found here. Course syllabus information will be retained in this system until new syllabus information is entered with the next major course modification. This course syllabus information may not correspond to the course as offered in a particular semester.

(Please limit text to about 12 pages. Text copied and pasted from other sources will not retain formatting and special characters might not copy properly.)

This course will provide students with a broad overview of essential concepts in the fields of virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D user interaction, reinforced by hands-on experience in application development. Through a combination of lectures, discussion, homework exercises, exams and a term project, students will gain a strong foundational understanding of critical concepts in the field, as well as practical knowledge that they will be able to strengthen and deepen through application experience. Topics to be covered include: an overview of VR technology development, including display technologies, tracking technologies, haptic technologies, and spatialized sound; an introduction to software systems for creating, managing, rendering, and interacting with virtual worlds; methods for interacting with virtual worlds, from locomotion techniques to gesture interfaces; avatars and self-representation in immersive virtual environments; and applications of VR in a wide range of areas, including: medicine, data and information visualization, social psychology, 3D geometric modeling, architecture, art and design, rehabilitation and therapy, and education and training.
This course will fulfill half of the Master's Plan C requirements.

Readings will be drawn from a combination of new and classical works in the field.

Homework exercises .... 25%
Exams and quizzes .... 15%
Reading reports and class participation .... 10%
Final project .... 50%

Week-by-week schedule
Week 1: Introduction to virtual reality; lab tours.
Week 2: Overview of Display Technologies in Virtual and Augmented Reality
Week 3: Tracking Technologies: hardware and software
Week 4: Software Systems for creating, managing, rendering, and interacting with virtual worlds
Week 5: Gestural interfaces
Week 6: Locomotion in Virtual Environments
Week 7: Haptics and Spatialized Sound
Week 8: Avatars and Self-Representation in Immersive Virtual Environments
Weeks 9-10: Applications of Virtual Reality in Medicine, Therapy and Rehabilitation
Weeks 11-12: Applications of Virtual Reality in Social Psychology, Education and Training
Weeks 13-14: Applications of Virtual Reality in Architecture, Art, Design and Visualization
Strategic Objectives & Consultation
Name of Department Chair
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Strategic Objectives -
Curricular Objectives:
How does adding this course improve the overall curricular objectives ofthe unit?

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Strategic Objectives - Core
Does the unit consider this course to be part of its core curriculum?

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Consultation with Other
In order to prevent course overlap and to inform other departments of new curriculum, circulate proposal to chairs in relevant units and follow-up with direct consultation. Please summarize response from units consulted and include correspondence. By consultation with other units, the information about a new course is more widely disseminated and can have a positive impact on enrollments. The consultation can be as simple as an email to the department chair informing them of the course and asking for any feedback from the faculty.

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