Computer Science (COMP) 382
3D Programming in Java (Revision 1)
Delivery Mode:Individualized study online.
Area of Study:Science
Prerequisite: COMP 272 or equivalent
Note: Students who are concerned about not meeting the prerequisites for this course are encouraged to contact the course coordinator before registering.
Students in this course are required to contact their tutor using email or the course (Moodle) forums. Please see the Tutor and Coordinator Support page for more information.
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
COMP 382 has a Challenge for Credit option.
COMP 382 introduces Java programming techniques for writing a broad range of 3D programs using Java 3D.
Topics covered include creating 3D geometry, loading externally produced 3D models, making 3D lathe shapes, coding 3D interaction, developing 3D animation, enhancing lights and shades for 3D objects, overlaying textures on 3D objects, and 3D sprites. A high level of competence in developing code using the Java programming language or COMP 272 or equivalent is a prerequisite to this course.
Students successfully completing this course will be able to
- use the correct terminology to describe the basic structure of Java 3D programs.
- use geometric classes to define visual Java 3D objects.
- develop code to load external models into Java 3D programs.
- construct lathe parameters to make Java 3D shapes.
- review code that enables user interaction with Java 3D objects.
- review Alpha and Interpolator classes to develop Java 3D animations.
- use LOD and Billboard to provide for computation-saving animations.
- specify light objects, their attributes, and influential use of lights.
- develop visual richness to Java 3D objects with textures.
- develop and animate 3D sprites.
- demonstrate skills in developing and explaining code using Java 3D.
- create Java 3D objects using lathe, external models, or simple geometry objects.
- use various Java 3D classes corresponding to animation, interaction, lighting, and texturing.
- apply Java 3D objects to create Java 3D applications.
Unit 0: Getting Started
Unit 1: Introduction to Java 3D
Unit 2:A 3D Checkerboard
Unit 3: Creating Geometry
Unit 4:External Models
Unit 5: Making Shapes
Unit 6: Interaction
Unit 7: Animation
Unit 8: Lights
Unit 9: Textures
Unit 10: 3D Sprites
Unit 11: Animated 3D Sprites
Unit 12: An Articulated, Moveable Figure
To receive credit for COMP 382, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final test. You must also score 50 percent in Assignment 1, Assignment 2, and the Learning Profile to pass the course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Assignment 1||Assignment 2||Learning Profile||Project||Final Test
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Killer Game Programming in Java by Andrew Davison; also available at http://fivedots.coe.psu.ac.th/~ad/jg/
COMP382 also includes content from the Oracle™ Sun Developer Network Tutorial on Java 3D API available from http://java.sun.com/developer/onlineTraining/Java 3D/index.html.
All other course materials for COMP 382 are accessed in the online course environment.
Special Course Features
The course work in COMP 382 requires students to have a Java 5 compiler with Java 3D API libraries and virtual machine installed on their computers.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the COMP 382 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least "B" (75 per cent) on the examination AND an average grade of "B" (75 per cent) on the assignment, programming exercise and the project.
|Assignment||Programming Exercise||Project||Final Test (open book)||Total|
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, July 20, 2012
Last updated by SAS 09/24/2012 15:58:05