DMS 439: Virtual Reality

Spring 2019

Course Info

When: Monday/Wednesday 9:00 - 10:50am
Where: CFA 242

Instructor: Dave Pape
e-mail: depape at
Office: CFA 250
Office hours: M/W 11-noon, or by appointment

Course Description

This course on the many forms and applications of interactive technologies generally known as "Virtual Reality". It is intended for students with graphics programming experience and/or experience with 3D modeling packages. Students will work in teams or individually to research topics of interest, to learn tools, and, most importantly, to build immersive virtual reality experiences.


Some suggested books to read are:

Learning Outcomes & Assessment

Outcome Assessment
Students will know how to use VR-related hardware, such as HMDs, projectors, 3D trackers, input controllers, 360degree camerasin class activities & projects
Students will know how to use software tools to create interactive virtual environments, such as Unity3Din class activities & projects
Students will be familiar with significant historical work in virtual environmentsclass presentations



Lab Fee

This course carries a lab fee of $125. All DMS courses with a production component are assessed this fee; the money is used to provide and maintain the equipment and software used in class.

Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

See for UB's official academic integrity policy.

Be aware that rules regarding plagiarism, cheating, etc, apply to program code in the same way as to an academic paper.

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability (physical, learning or psychological) which may make it difficult for you to carry out the course work as outlined, and/or requires accommodations such as recruiting note takers, readers, or extended time on exams and assignments, please contact the Office of Disability Services, 25 Capen Hall, 645-2608, and also your instructor during the first two weeks of class. ODS will provide you with information and will review appropriate arrangements for reasonable accommodations. See for more information.


See for UB's policy on 'Incomplete' grades.

Weapons as props

If you are planning a student production which involves using any prop which could be interpreted to be a weapon [toy gun, BB gun, knife, etc.] and you are planning to work on the UB campus or any other public place, you must obtain written permission from Campus Security or the equivalent authority before you start. If you do not, you will face serious problems including possible expulsion from the university.

Sexual harassment

Sexual Harassment of employees and students, as defined below, is contrary to University policy and is a violation of federal and state laws and regulations.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic advancement;
  2. submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual;
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment

No university employee of either gender shall impose a requirement of sexual cooperation as a condition of employment or academic advancement, or in any way contribute to or support unwelcome physical or verbal sexual behavior.

Any member of the university community who requires additional information or who wishes to make a complaint or receive a copy of the University procedures to be followed for complaints arising from matters related to the policies outlined above should contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Affirmative Action Administration, 406 Capen Hall, 716-645-2266. See for more information.