Multimedia Information Systems 1

VO/KU (707.021/707.022)

ATTENTION: Information on MMIS1 2013/14 VU (707.020) is available here.

This course discusses the technological basics of multimedia information systems. In particular, the course focuses on the technologies needed to design and develop Web-based information systems.

In general, information systems are applied for information management. There are various types of information systems and we can classify them by means of different criteria. In this course we classify information systems depending on the nature of information that is managed into information systems dealing with structured information (e.g. database management systems) and information systems dealing with semi-structured information (e.g. document or content management systems). Another useful classification classifies information systems depending on the networking environment in which they run. Thus, we distinguish between stand-alone information systems (e.g an encyclopedia that runs from a DVD) and distributed information systems that run on a network (e.g. Wikipedia or the Web).

In this course we will investigate and discuss distributed information systems dealing with semi-structured information. More precisely, we will deal with Web-based information systems


Course topics include:

  • Information systems: organization and information retrieval
  • Link analysis and search on the Web, e.g. Google
  • Markup languages including HTML, CSS, HTML5
  • Web programming and frameworks
  • Digital and social media, e.g. Wikipedia, Twitter,...

Theoretical Goals

In this course the students will:

  • Gain an overview of Multimedia Information systems
  • To learn about the technology that these systems are based on
  • To learn about successful examples of such systems
  • To learn about the Web in (technical) details

Practical Goals

At the end of this course the students will know how to:

  • Implement a Multimedia Information System
  • Various Web technologies (experimenting with new technologies is encouraged)
  • Work in a group on a Web project
  • Document all the steps

Method, grading

Examination in SA is a written one. The students get 8 text questions which they need to answer in 90 minutes.

For each question there are maximally 10 points. Thus, the total number of points is 80. The answers need to be compact, concise and clear. There is no need to write essays ;-)

The grading scheme is as follows:

  • 0-40 points: 5
  • 41-50 points: 4
  • 51-60 points: 3
  • 61-70 points: 2
  • 71-80 points: 1

Examination date

The examination date is always the last course date in January: 23.01.2012. The students need to register for the examination in TUGOnline.

Method and grading

All students are required to register for the KU in TUGOnline until 12.10.2012, 23:59.

The study assisstant will support, supervise, and grade students in their practical work. The study assisstant is Behnam Taraghi ( Please, feel free to contact your study assisstant for any questions that arise during this course.

The goal of the practical part of the course is to apply the theoretical findings that are discussed in the lecture in a practical settings. For that purpose the students will develop a Web based widget. The project is carried out in a team of 2 to 4 students.

Students need to make three submissions in this course. All submissions are made by SVN (the details will follow). The submissions are:

  1. Team building: 29.10.2012
  2. Project plan: 26.11.2012
  3. Complete project: 17.12.2012 or 21.01.2013

Examples of submissions:

The students are free to choose whatever topic they like for their Web projects. However, the implementation needs to be carried out within the widget framework that will be presented by the study assistant on 22.10.2012.

The first deadline is a hard deadline. If you do not build your team until the deadline is over you can not proceed with the practical part of the course. The second and the third deadlines are soft deadlines. However, if you do not meet these soft deadline we will substract 50% of points from your total. You need to contact your study assisstent for the deadline extension.

Groups submitting their final projects on 17.12.2012 will get 10 bonus points and feedback from the study assistant. If the students want to improve their projects the group can incorporate the feedback provided by the study assistant and resubmit on 21.01.2013. In that case the group does not get the bonus points for the early submission. However, by addressing the feedback the students can improve their points.

The point distribution is as follows:

  • Project plan: 20
  • Documentation: 20
  • Implementation: 40
  • Total: 80

The grading scheme is as follows:

  • 0-40 points: 5
  • 41-50 points: 4
  • 51-60 points: 3
  • 61-70 points: 2
  • 71-80 points: 1