Digital Imaging and Computing

Module code: 5COSC013W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Science and Technology students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

Digital images are all around us. A large number of scientific and creative industries – including motion pictures, video, visual effects, internet, medical and astronomical imaging – are concerned with still and moving image capture, processing, analysis, communication and display.

This module will enable you to explore key concepts regarding the formation of images in optical and digital media, how images are represented and stored as digital data, and how they are rendered and visualised. You will also examine imaging systems, image-processing methods, principles and techniques, and algorithms for the manipulation, enhancement and analysis of images. The module will give you an introduction to MATLAB – a high-level technical computing language and interactive environment – for interpreting concepts around image formation, representation and visualisation, and for the development of image processing algorithms.

Timetabled activity is divided equally between lectures and laboratory practice, consisting of two hours of each per week. Mathematical and physical principles will be taught using a blended learning approach (including Blackboard and other online learning resources). The three key assessment areas will be an in-class test on science, imaging systems and image processing principles, a coursework on science and image processing principles, using MATLAB code, and a report on an image processing project (including MATLAB code and a viva examination).