Mass Media Communication Systems


  • Course Code: 1673
  • Semester: 6th
  • Course Type: Scientific Area - Skills Development (SA-SD)
  • Course Category: Optional (OP)
  • Scientific Field: Communications and Networks (CN)
  • Lectures: 2 hours/week
  • Lab teaching: 2 hours/week
  • ECTS units: 6
  • Teching and exams language: Greek
  • Coordinator: Kotsakis Rigas
  • Instructors: Kotsakis Rigas, Touliou Eftychia

Educational goals

The objective of this course is to introduce the student into the basic concepts of audio and visual modalities, TV technologies, multimedia content along with audiovisual processing and production techniques. By the succesful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Describe and explain the basic functions of human hearing and vision perception.
  • Explain the concepts and differences of analog and digital audiovisual signal.
  • Compute the technical requirements for the production and transmission of audiovisual digital content.
  • Describe and compare the newly arising technologies in audio and visual modalities.
  • Apply and design mass media communications systems.
  • Utilize specialized software for processing audiovisual content.
General Skills
  • Search, analysis and synthesis of information by using the appropriate means and technology.
  • Desicion making.
  • Independent and cooperative work.
  • Criticism and self-criticism ability.
  • Free, creative and inductive thinking.

Course Contents

• Human hearing and vision. Audiovisual perception.
• Analog and Digital TV.
• Audiovisual capturing, archiving, processing, and signal transmission.
• Compression and storing techniques.
• New technologies of TV production and content processing
• High Definition Image and Video (4Κ, 8Κ).
• Stereophonic audio and stereoscopic television/cinema.
• Multimedia technologies and properties (fps, resolutions, etc.)
• Convergence of digital technologies of informatics and television/cinema.
The laboratory exams will cover the fundamental concepts of audiovisual processing (audio, image and video) along with protuction strategies.

Teaching Methods - Evaluation

Teaching Method
  • Lectures in classroom (teaching, discussion, problem solving).
  • Laboratory exercises in small and effective students; groups.
Use of ICT means
  • Powerpoint presentations.
  • Moodle platform.
  • Simulation software of signals and systems.
  • Electonic communication with the students.
Teaching Organization
Activity Semester workload
Laboratory exercises26
Final Audiovisual Production30
Individual study and analysis of literature98
Total 180
Students evaluation

Ι. Semester exams - SE (60%) for examing taught theoritical concepts of the course, problems solving based on mathematical calculations and critical thought.

ΙΙ. Laboratory Exams - LE (20%)
- Exams on laboratory exercises

III. Individual exams - IE (20%)
- The individual exams are explained in first lectures and are due to be completed in predefined time intervals.

* The students that fail in the laboratory exams can be examined in subsequent examing periods.

For the acquirement of the ECTS upon course completion the final grade is calculated (SE*0,6 + LΕ*0,20 + IΕ*0,20) and has to be at least 5/10. Moreover, there is a separate threshold of the internal grading (SE, LE, IE) that is defined to 4/10.

Recommended Bibliography

Recommended Bibliography through "Eudoxus"
  1. Α. Πήτας Ι., “Ψηφιακή Τηλεόραση”, E. & Δ. Ανίκουλα Ο.Ε., 2010. ISBN 978-9609156424, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 68398663
  2. Β. Έλληνας Ι., “Ψηφιακή επεξεργασία εικόνας και ήχου”, ΛΥΧΝΟΣ ΓΡΑΦΙΚΕΣ ΤΕΧΝΕΣ ΕΚΔΟΤΙΚΕΣ ΕΠΙΧΕΙΡΗΣΕΙΣ ΕΠΕ, 2017, ISBN: 978-960-6607-59-2, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 68398016.
  3. Γ. Τσαμούταλος Κώστας,Σαράντης Παναγιώτης, “Αναλογική και ψηφιακή τηλεόραση”, ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΣΤΑΜΟΥΛΗ ΑΕ, 2η έκδ., 2014, ISBN: 978-960-351-948-5, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 41963133.
  4. Δ. Παπαμάρκος Ν., “Ψηφιακή επεξεργασία και ανάλυση εικόνας”, ΑΦΟΙ ΠΑΠΑΜΑΡΚΟΥ Ο.Ε., 3η Έκδοση, 2013, ISBN: 978-960-92731-7-6, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 68372511.
Complementary greek bibliography
  1. Α. Δημούλας Χ., “Τεχνικές διανομής και διαχείρισης [ηλεκτρ. βιβλ.]”, Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών, 2015, ISBN: 978-960-603-221-9, Κωδικός Εύδοξου: 320332, Διαθέσιμο στο:
  2. Β. Παπαδάκης, Α., “Ψηφιακή τηλεόραση [ηλεκτρ. βιβλ.]”, Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών, 2015, ISBN: 978-960-603-454-1, Κωδικός Εύδοξου: 59303484, Διαθέσιμο στο:
Complementary international bibliography
  1. Α. H. Zettl, Video Basics 7, Cengage Learning, 2012 (7th ed.), ISBN 978-1111344467.
  2. Β. Bernard Mendiburu, 3D TV and 3D Cinema: Tools and Processes for Creative Stereoscopy, Focal Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0240814612.
  3. Γ. Marcus Weise, Diana Weynand, How Video Works: From Analog to High Definition, Focal Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0240809335.