DMET 501 Introduction to Media Engineering

Course Information


  • Introduction to Media Engineering (DMET501) is designed to provide students an introduction to the principles and practice of Multimedia Systems. The term multimedia generally means using some combination of text, graphics, animation, video, music, voice, and sound effects to communicate. In order to achieve a complete and balanced view on multimedia engineering field, this course is organized into three broad parts: multimedia presentation and authoring, multimedia data compression and multimedia communication and retrieval. The first part discusses the most important data representations for multimedia applications, addressing digital image, computer graphics, video, animation and digital audio. It also highlights the most commonly used authoring metaphors and tools. The second part introduces different multimedia data compression algorithms, examining their roles in making modern multimedia systems possible. The third part presents the network technologies and protocols that make interactive multimedia. This part gives the students the basics of telecommunication, network requirements, quality of services and content-based retrieval.



    1. Introduction to digital media
    2. Media convergence and multimedia systems
    3. Fundamentals of media representation, storage, communication and processing
    4. Media synchronization, discrete and continuous media, data-streams
    5. Introduction to sampling theory, storage devices, formats and standards
    6. Principles of compression
    7. Color spaces
    8. Basics of telecommunication, network requirements, quality of services
    9. Media technology in broadcast and mass-communications


  •  Understanding the basic concept of multimedia systems and technology


  •  Ze-Nian Li and Mark S. Drew. Fundamentals of Multimedia. ISBN: 0130618721, Prentice-Hall, 2004.

  • N. Chapman and J. Chapman. Digital Multimedia. ISBN: 0-470-85890-7, John Wiles, 2004.

  • R. Steinmetz and K. Nahrstedt. Multimedia: Computing, Communications and Applications. Prentice Hall, 1995.