Course plan

Syllabus Computer Engineering MA, Multimedia Coding and Distribution, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: DT025A
  • Subject/Main field: Datateknik
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1F - First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Department of Information and Communication Systems
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
  • Established: 6/9/2008
  • Date of change: 3/26/2015
  • Version valid from: 7/1/2014


In the course you will learn to categorize, realize and evaluate common techniques for multimedia coding and distribution, and how to communicate this knowledge in a scientific way. You will gain experience with existing standards for image-, video, and lightfield coding and distribution. The current state of the art research is also studied in the area. Within the framework of the course you will also perform a shorter construction or evaluation project.

Course objectives

After finishing the course you should know how to:
- Have a basic insight into plenoptics
- Explain fundamental principles for coding and distribution of multimedia,
- Solve basic design issues when constructing a multimedia communication system, with demands on bit-rate, delay, computing power and other related resources,
- Categorize important standards within the field and break down these in terms of coding and distribution,
- Plan, execute, and present a project where a small multimedia coding and distribution system is constructed or where two or more relevant systems/standards/methods are compared,
- Evaluate and critically review articles, technical reports and system designs within the area.


- Introduction to Multimedia and Plenoptics (basic optics, imaging and computer graphics).
- Audio, image, and video data representations.
- Lossy and lossless compression techniques for audio, image and video.
- Objective and subjective quality metrics for capture, coding, distribution, and rendering.
- Compression standards, for images, video and lightfield data.
- Applications, e.g. HD-IPTV and 3DTV.
- State of the art research in the area of multimedia coding and -distribution, and plenoptics.

Entry requirements

Bachelors Degree, 180 higher education credits (H E Credits) with at least 60 H E Credits from courses in Computer Engineering including Computer Networks, 7.5 H E Credits, TCP/IP Networking, 7.5 H E Credits and two courses in C++ or Java programming.

In addition at least 30 H E Credits in Mathematics including courses Calculus II, 7.5 H E Credits and Linear Algebra I, 7.5 H E Credits.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course consists of 32 hours of lectures (16%) and 16 laboratory exercises (8%). The rest of the time, 152 hours (76%) is devoted to studying with limited supervision. This includes the time necessary to prepare for lectures, laboratory work, project work and report writing.
(A change in resource availability can change this distribution.)

Examination form

1.5 Credits, L191: Laboratory work
Grades: Pass or Fail

1.5 Credits, P101: Project
Grades: Pass or Fail

4.5 Credits, T101: Exam
Grades: A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. A-E are passed and Fx and F are failed.

The final grade of the course is mainly based on the Exam grade. A well-performed Project can adjust the course grade positively by one level.

Assessment criteria for the subject can be found on

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Ze-Nian Li and Mark S. Drew
  • Title: Fundamentals of Multimedia
  • Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
  • Edition: International edition 2004
  • ISBN: 0-13-127256-X
  • Author: Artikelsamling
  • Title: Forskningsartiklar rörande ämnesområdet
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