This course aims to communicate a basic understanding of digital media on the computer. Topics include coding, storage and transmission of audio, image and video data to give a technical overview on how media technologies are built and used throughout daily life. We discuss text and hypertext data and how textual data is encoded and transmitted and we discuss necessary related topics like cryptography and security, licensing, human perception and metadata.
The slides of the 2014 version of the course are available as PDF.
Note that the readings, videos and the interactive educational game are mandatory readings and will be used as source for questions in the final exam.
The course is held in English. At the end of the course an exam will be used to determine the final grade. There is one single written exam for the course per year. Additional exams are possible, but they will be oral and scheduled upon request of the student.
The exam will take place on Friday, 22nd of January 2016, at 2pm. It's a multiple choice test with a few open questions. For answering the exam there will be 60 minutes of time. This is the only written exam. If there is need for an alternative date & location additional oral exames can be requested by e-mail.
An additional, optional Q&A round is offered on Monday, 18th of January 2016, from 3-5pm on Google Hangout. The link will be posted here on the web site.