Mobile 3D Applications (920G5)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Through laboratory-based tuition utilising Study Direct based online teaching and learning materials including laboratory notes, video and text tutorial, and self directed e-learning, this module will explore how 3D can be integrated into mobile web based applications.

Technologies covered include:

  • 3D modelling methods for real-time rendering and associated authoring packages (i.e. 3ds Max)
  • implementation of efficient navigation and interaction methods
  • responsive mobile web design, applied to the implementation of mobile first 3D applications.

The main focus of this module is to gain practical experience on 3D modelling and programming (e.g. 3ds Max, X3D/VRML, X3DOM, HTML, CSS3, XML, JavaScript (and associated frameworks and libraries), AJAX, JSON, PHP and SQLite).

This is to build a web based responsive mobile first 3D application as a single page application (SPA) that will render across desktop, tablet and mobile devices based on an MVC design pattern (a 3D App).

Example 3D Apps include:

  • a virtual museum
  • product configurator
  • vehicle visualisation
  • burglary simulation
  • simple web game.

Pre-Requisite: 3D Modelling and Rendering Module 927G9 and some basic programming experience, e.g. in Java.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: