CSCE 4813
Class Syllabus
Spring 2015


Name: John Gauch
Office: 518 JBHT
Class Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 11:50-12:40 pm
Office Hours: Mon, Wed 1:00-2:00 pm, Fri 10:00-11:00 am
Phone: (479) 575-4024
Email: jgauch(at)
Web Page:

GTA: Lucas Weaver
Office: 434 JBHT
Office Hours: Tue,Thu 1:00-3:00pm
Email: lcweaver(at)

Course Description:

Computer graphics includes everything you need to know to create synthetic images from mathematical models of objects and their environment. This includes: geometry (object models), animation (making models move), rendering (methods to simulate digital cameras), and imaging (storing and combining synthetic and natural images).

In this course, students will get a hands-on introduction to a subset of these topics using WebGL rendering software on new computer graphics workstations purchased for this class and subsequent classes in related areas.

Students are expected to have a working knowledge of C++ in a Linux environment, and a mathematics background that includes calculus and linear algebra. Although this course is an undergraduate, it will be the prerequisite for future courses in computer graphics, computer vision, digital image processing and digital video processing, so graduate students interested in those areas should enroll.

Text Book:

Interactive Computer Graphics: A Top-Down Approach with WebGL (7th Edition), by Edward Angel and Dave Shreiner, Pearson / Addison Wesley, 2015.


Final grades in this class will be determined by a weighted average of programming project grades (6 assignments worth 50% of grade), and exam scores (2 exams worth 25% of grade each). We will use the following scale to assign final grades: A: over 90%
B: 80% - 89%
C: 70% - 79%
D: 60% - 69%
F: below 60%

Academic Honesty Statement:

As a core part of its mission, the University of Arkansas provides students with the opportunity to further their educational goals through programs of study and research in an environment that promotes freedom of inquiry and academic responsibility. Accomplishing this mission is only possible when intellectual honesty and individual integrity prevail. Each University of Arkansas student is required to be familiar with and abide by the University's 'Academic Integrity Policy' at Students with questions about how these policies apply to a particular course or assignment should immediately contact their instructor. The following policies will apply to this class.


  • Students are expected to submit their own work on all exams.
  • Students are NOT allowed to copy anything from another student, or get any outside assistance during the exam.
  • Students ARE allowed to bring an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper with any notes they want into the exam. Otherwise, exams are closed book and closed notes.
  • Online Programming Labs and Programming Projects:

  • Students are expected to submit their own work on all online programming labs and programming projects, unless group projects have been explicitly assigned.
  • Students are NOT allowed to distribute code to each other, or copy code from another individual or website.
  • Students ARE allowed to use any materials on the class website or in the textbook, or ask the instructor and/or GTAs for assistance.
  • Violations of the policies above will be reported to the Provost's office and may result in a ZERO on the exam or programming project, an F in the class, or suspension from the university, depending on the severity of the violation.

    ADA Statement:

    If any member of the class has a documented disability and needs special accommodations, the instructor will work with the student to provide reasonable accommodation to ensure the student a fair opportunity to perform in this class. Please advise the instructor of the disability and the desired accommodations within the first week of the semester.

    Inclement Weather:

    If the university is officially closed, class will not be held. When the university is open, you are expected to make a reasonable effort to attend class, but not if you do not feel that you can get to campus safely. Assignment due dates will be postponed in case of inclement weather.

    Emergency Procedures:

    Many types of emergencies can occur on campus; instructions for specific emergencies such as severe weather, active shooter, or fire can be found at

    Severe Weather (Tornado Warning):

  • Follow the directions of the instructor or emergency personnel.
  • Seek shelter in the basement or interior room or hallway on the lowest floor, putting as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • If you are in a multi-story building, and you cannot get to the lowest floor, pick a hallway in the center of the building.
  • Stay in the center of the room, away from exterior walls, windows, and doors.
  • Violence / Active Shooter:

  • CALL - 9-1-1
  • AVOID - If possible, self-evacuate to a safe area outside the building. Follow directions of police officers.
  • DENY - Barricade the door with desk, chairs, bookcases or any items. Move to a place inside the room where you are not visible. Turn off the lights and remain quiet. Remain there until told by police it is safe.
  • DEFEND - Use chairs, desks, cell phones or whatever is immediately available to distract and/or defend yourself and others from attack.