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DIT2004 Virtual and Augmented Worlds

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 21 March 2023


Pre-requisite: DIT1004 and DIT1005


This unit explores the field of Virtual and Augmented Reality and the advanced concepts and technologies for interfacing humans to complex machines. Human Computer Interaction technology is a research area concerned with the design, implementation and evaluation of interactive systems that make simpler and more intuitive the interaction between user and computer. Virtual reality practices aim to develop computer systems that give humans the ability to perceive and interact in realistic multisensory motor ways, with 3D digital data or virtual worlds that are more or less realistic depending on the applications. While Augmented Reality (video mapping) technology allows the real-time fusion of computer-generated digital content with the real world. Supplementing reality with augmented systems provides users the opportunity to develop greater understanding or knowledge of the real world that is not directly accessible and may aid those users during the execution of their tasks. Students will therefore engage in research, discussions and reviews aimed at exploring, investigating and understanding this emerging technology, both as a field of study and as practiced in industry.

This course introduces students to advanced human computer interfaces such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) (video mapping) technologies. It provides them with insights into interface design principles, human factors and technological perspectives. Throughout their studies, students investigate the hardware, software and design aspects of virtual interfaces and their contextual integration into disparate fields such as science, education, archaeology and the military. Students will complete a series of authentic assessment tasks based on industry VR and AR systems, digital design and media projects linked to real-world industry training and experiences. Upon its completion, students will have developed a sound knowledge and skills of human computer interfaces design, their potential risks/implications of using augmentation, and the role these systems may play in shaping social and cultural engagement. Through their Through their students, students should develop an awareness of the broader visual, cultural and commercial contexts in which VR and AR practice can be applied, understood and used.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2023 External
Date printed 21 March 2023