Module code: FVP2003

Module Overview

This module is intended to develop understanding and awareness of how video is used in computers; In particular, this module will provide the students with a solid practical knowledge of the C programming language, and its relationship to the underlying hardware and aspects of both high-level programming for manipulation of video and low-level manipulation of memory. 


Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

GILBERT Andrew (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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 24

Tutorial Hours: 12

Practical/Performance Hours: 12

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


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; the analysis and storage of image and video files through arrays

  • Wrappers, containers and metadata

  • Manipulation of video in a computer

  • C Programming basics including Data types, Operators, loops and arrays

  • More advanced C Programming features, including strings, functions and pointers

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
  • To discuss the explore between the underlying computer and the programming language.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe 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 Independently design and develop relatively complex coding techniques KCPT
005 Analyse data storage requirements for professional media KC
006 Problem solving T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to prepare students for the increasingly common use of programming 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. This knowledge is developed via workshops, which are designed to develop: practical skills (e.g. using an IDE and the command line), your knowledge of C, your problem-solving skills (in order to debug your programs), and your approach to program design and construction, 

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Two two-hour combined lecture and lab workshop sessions per week (weeks 1 to 11), 

  • One revision session in week 12

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Film and Video Production Technology BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Film and Video Production Technology BSc (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 2019/0 academic year.