Module code: FVP2003

Module Overview

This module is intended to develop understanding and awareness of how video is used in computers; leading to manipulating and storing video and media for acquisition, post production and broadcast

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

GILBERT A Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: I150

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Video Fundamentals A (pre-requisite) Computers and Coding (pre-requisite)

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Computer architecture including 32 bit and 64 bit
CPU,GPU DSP and cloud computing
Requirements of computers for professional video use; analyse video files
Wrappers, containers and meta data
Manipulation of video in a computer
Types of drives and storage and their use

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM (2 HOURS) 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of professional computer based video and media including files wrappers and meta data. It will also show the students’ analytical abilities and approach to media storage and manipulation.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework 1– Computer programming exercise
Coursework 2 - Computer report
Exam – 40%, 2 hours, exam period (addresses learning outcomes 1 – 6).  

Formative assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to individual students in tutorials and practical workshops.


Students receive written feedback on their coursework and verbal feedback on their practical work throughout the module.

Module aims

  • Expand student understanding of professional computer based video and media
  • Introduce the main video file wrappers and containers for professional use
  • Develop an understanding of video manipulation inside the computer and appropriate storage

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the operating principles of a microprocessor-based computer system KCT
002 Outline the requirements for the use of computers in professional video and media production KCP
003 Compare the format of analogue and digital video signals with computer based media KCP
004 Describe and compare the most common wrappers and containers and metadata in professional use KC
005 Develop computer coding techniques KCT
006 Analyse data storage requirements for professional media KC
007 Problem solving T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 24

Tutorial Hours: 12

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: prepare students for the increasingly common use of IP and computing in the world of professional audio and video. The strategy will increase their knowledge and understanding of the technical details of this subject.

The learning and teaching methods include:

One two-hour lecture per week (weeks 1 to 12), which includes one revision session.
Practical programming sessions; 2 hours every two weeks
One two hour seminar every two weeks

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Film and Video Production Technology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Film and Video Production Technology BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.