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Modules & Majors

The Department of Media Technology is responsible for the Media Technology and WWW-technologies majors in the Degree Programme in Computer Science and Engineering and for the Media major in the Degree Programme in Information Networks. Besides the Finnish language Degree Programmes the department takes part in the English language EIT ICT Labs Master School track in Digital Media Technology (DMT). The technical major in Digital Media Technology focuses on enabling technologies for digital media systems, including technologies for generating interactive media, processing and coding of media, and for wired and wireless transfer and storage of media content. More information about studying and Degree Programmes at Aalto can be found in the study portal Into. A list of courses taught at the department and at Aalto is available in the course portal Noppa.


Major of Media Technology

Professors of the major: Tapio Takala, Lauri Savioja, Pirkko Oittinen, Tapio Lokki and Marko Nieminen

The importance of the digital media in everyday life is increased all the time. The technical development in the area is advancing rapidly, and new innovations widen the spectrum of application areas from before. From the major of Media Technology viewpoint the most prominent areas include interactive multimedia applications, computer games and the required technologies, content production and user interfaces related to these.

In the major of Media Technology the digital media is approached from the technical viewpoint, ie. how media is created or acquired from the real world with cameras or sensors in order to be presented digitally, and how it is processed algorithmically. On the other hand visual information and the media content production processes are considered from the system design viewpoint. The third important factor is the human media interaction. This human factor is handled via perception psychology and development of user interfaces. Below is a simplified image of the structure if the major. The core is the development of a product (application, service, etc.) in digital media.

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This combination enables the studies to include for example the whole chain related to service production in the media sector. Students learn how to develop versatile interactive services and applications for the digital media and how to combine the pieces from the media production process viewpoint.

Possible future work positions are development tasks of interactive applications, specialist in the computer game industry or in the animation field, development of new media applications (i.e. touch screens), and development of image systems in equipment and media industry.

The department of Media Technology has a plenty research activities in the area of digital media. This offers the opportunity to focus also on the newest developments of the field in addition to the basic knowledge of the area. The major offers a good base to work in the commercial and industrial life, but creates also firm ground to postgraduate studies.

The courses in The Intermediate module of Media Technology give good grounds to each of the three viewpoints of digital media presented earlier.

The module consists of the following courses:
• T-75.4100 Digital Imaging (4 cr)
• T-75.4210 Media Production and Use Processes (4 cr), in English
• T-75.4900 Perception (4 cr)
• T-111.4310 Interactive Computer Graphics (4 cr)
• T-121.5300 User Interface Construction (4 cr), in English

(Note: Some of the courses are new or being renewed and therefore the information related to them cannot yet be found from NOPPA or Oodi.)
The courses related to the subject matter of the major are presented below:

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In the Advanced module of Computer Graphics and Imaging Technology the student may quite freely choose a combination of courses which deepens the knowledge in either one of the foundation pillars of the major or handles the digital media on a wider scope.

The course list for the study year 2012-2013 is the following:

Obligatory course:
• T-76.4115 Software Development Project I (5 cr)

Choose at least one of these courses:
• T-75.5100 Imaging and Display Technology (5 cr)
• T-111.5310 Advanced Course in Computer Graphics (5 cr)
• T-111.5900 Experimental User Interfaces (5 cr), in English

Choose from the following to fulfil 20 cr:
• T-61.5100 Digital Image Processing (5 cr)
• T-75.5200 Quality in Visual Media (5-6 cr)
• T-75.5700 Project Course in Visual Media P (2-8 cr)
• T-111.5350 Multimedia Programming (4 cr), in English
• T-111.5400 Virtual Reality (4 cr), in English
• T-111.5450 Computer Animation P (6 cr)
• T-111.5501/5502 Seminar on Media Technology A/B P V (4-8 cr)
• T-111.5600 Special Assignment in Digital Media P (2-4 cr)
• T-111.5701 Special Course on Media Technology P V (2-8 cr)

Note: On many of the courses the main language of the course is Finnish but they may be taken also in English upon request.

The courses other that seminar and special courses related to the subject matter of the major are presented below:

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The seminar and special courses have varying contents. With these it is easier to include current new topics to the curriculum. For example the design of user interfaces based on new technologies is introduced via a special course and may in the future have an own course in the module.

Major of WWW-technologies

Professors of the major: Petri Vuorimaa (coordinator), Eero Hyvönen and Marko Nieminen

WWW may be the most important invention in the field of data processing since the invention of the computer itself, when the influence on society and business life is considered. The teaching in the WWW-technologies major handles subject areas of web services and web content in a versatile way. The students learn to develop content to the web and control the technologies related to presenting and transferring that data.

One relevant learning goal is the ability to develop web services to the users. In the deeper level this entails intelligent services and applications. Also information retrieval systems and their evaluation are introduced.
Other core content is related to developing web services to machines. On the higher levels than XML, the WWW is based on the semantic web technologies, where the core issues are presenting the knowledge, logics and inference. Human labor, structural data or different methods of automatic annotation (structural or statistical methods) are used to create these kinds of structures. These themes are dealt with particularly in the advanced module of WWW and Knowledge Technology. The other special module of the major focuses on questions related to user interfaces and usability of the communication systems.

Below is a simplified image of the structure if the major.

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The Intermediate module of WWW-technologies offers the students ground skills to develop services to WWW. The module consists of the following courses:
• T-75.4300 Semantic Web (4 cr)
• T-75.4400 Information Retrieval (4 cr), in English
• T-106.4300 Web Software Development (3-6 cr), in English
• T-111.4360 Design of WWW Services (4 cr), in English
• T-121.5300 User Interface Construction (4 cr), in English

(Note: Some of the courses are new or being renewed and therefore the information related to them cannot yet be found from NOPPA or Oodi.)

The courses related to the subject matter of the major are presented below:

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The Advanced Module of WWW and Knowledge Technology for the academic year 2012-2013 is the following:


Obligatory courses:
• T-75.5300 Web Services L (4 cr)
• T-93.4400 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (5 cr) (The course is not lectured 2012 – 2013, but it can be replaced according agreement with professors Eero Hyvönen or Petri Vuorimaa)
• T-111.5360 WWW-applications (4 cr), in English


Choose from the following to fulfil 20 cr:
• T-75.5600 Special Assignment in WWW and Knowledge Technology (2-8 cr)
• T-111.5350 Multimedia Programming (4 cr), in English
• T-111.5501/5502 Seminar on Media Technology A (4-8 cr)
• T-61.3050 Machine Learning: Basic Principles (5 cr), in English
• T-61.5060 Algorithmic methods of data mining P (5 cr), in English
• T-61.6090 Special Course in Language Technology P (3-7 cr), in English
• T-76.4115 Software Development Project I (5 cr)
• T-106.4100 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (5 cr)

Major of Media

Professors of the major: Tapio Takala (coordinator), Eero Hyvönen, Marko Nieminen, Pirkko Oittinen, Heikki Saikkonen, Lauri Savioja and Petri Vuorimaa

The Intermediate module of Media:
T-75.4900 Perception (4cr)
T-111.4360 Design of WWW-services (4 cr), in English
T-111.5006 Conceptualization and scriptwriting (4 cr)

Choose from the following to fulfil 20 cr:
T-75.4100 Digital Imaging (4 cr)
T-75.4210 Media Production and Use Processes (4 cr), in English
T-111.4310 Interactive Computer Graphics (4 cr)
T-111.4800 Social Media (4 cr)
T-121.5300 User Interface Construction (4cr), in English

The Advanced Module of New Media
T-111.5006 Conceptualization and scriptwriting (4 cr)
Inf-0.4101 Information Networks: Studio X (5-10 cr)
or T-111.5077 Special Project on Content Production P (6-9 cr)

Choose from the following to fulfil 20 cr:
T-111.5007 Multimedia Project (5 cr)
T-111.5015 Film Narrative (5 cr)
T-111.5020 Visual Expression (3 cr)
T-111.5025 Sound Design (3 cr)
T-111.5030 3D-production (5 cr)

The Advanced Module of Human Media Interaction
One of the following
Inf-0.4101 Information Networks: Studio X (5 – 10 cr)
T-75.5700 Project Course in Visual Media P (V) (2-8 cr)
T-76.4115Software Development Project I (5 – 8 cr)

Choose from the following to fulfil 20 cr:
T-61.5010 Information Visualization P (5 cr), in English
T-75.4300 Semantic Web P (4 cr)
T-75.4400 Information Retrieval (4 op), in English
T-75.5200 Quality in Visual Media P (5 cr)
T-111.5400 Virtual Reality (4 cr), in English
T-111.5900 Experimental User Interfaces (4 cr), in English
24127 Information Design (6 cr) *
* This course is ment for students in Media-major. Course of internal mobility.

Special Module on Content Production

Professor in charge of the module: Tapio Takala

Obligatory courses:
T-111.5006 Conceptualization and scriptwriting (4 cr)

Choose at least one from the following:
T-111.5007 Multimedia Project (5 cr)
T-111.5077 Special Project on Contenct Production P (6-9 cr)

Choose from the following to fulfil 20 cr:
T-111.5015 Film Narrative (5 cr)
T-111.5020 Visual Expression (3 cr)
T-111.5025 Sound Design (3cr)
T-111.5030 3D-production (5 op)
T-111.5070 Special Course in Content Production (2-6 cr)
T-111.5501/5502 Seminar on Media Technology A/B L V (4 – 8cr)
Inf-0.1300 Aesthetics (5 cr)

Special module Game Production and Development (in English)

Professors in charge of the module: Tapio Takala and Perttu Hämäläinen

Department of Media at the Aalto School of Art and Design offers a special module “Game design and production”, which is a unique opportunity to gain insight of the structure of game projects, get familiar with a specific competence area (such as game design and animation) in game production and to gain insight on how different competence areas relate to each other and what kinds of demands different aspects of the game imply to each competence area.
The module consists of 3 courses with workshops, group work and visiting lecturers from game houses. For the students of School of Science and Technology these studies form a personal special module (20 cr). All courses are taught in English and it’s possible to take all the courses during the academic year 2012 – 2013. The courses are taught at Aalto University School of Art and Designs facilities at Arabianranta campus. The students are selected based on applications every spring.

25420 Game Design (5 cr): Basics of theory and methods of game design
25428 Game Analysis (5 cr): Understanding about games, their structure, and how the games create experiences
25377 Game Project (6-15 cr):A group of students will design and develop a game. Each group will publish a game that they have developed.