House Bill 2504 Fall 2013 Course Syllabus GAME-1303-01 - Introduction to Game Design and Development
Fall 2013 Course Syllabus
GAME-1303-01 - Introduction to Game Design and Development
|Instructor||Mills, Zachary Kyle|
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|Course Description||Introduction to electronic game development and game development careers. Includes examination of the history and philosophy of games, the game production process, employee factors for success in the field and current issues and practices in the game development industry.|
Game Development Essentials, 3rd Edition Jeannie Novak, Textbook ISBN-13: 978-1-111-30765-3
***YOU WILL ALSO NEED AT LEAST A 2GB FLASH DRIVE***
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Should a student be absent for an exam, he/she will be required to take a makeup exam at the instructor convenience. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the makeup exam. Should a student miss a class, it will be his/her responsibility to make up the work on his/her own time. All projects are due on the date assigned, even if the student is absent that day or prior to the assignment. Late work will not be accepted.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||Assignments 40%, Exams (3) 30%, Game Project 30%|
|Final Exam Date||December 11, 2013 - 8:00 AM|
Week 1 - Getting Started. Syllabus review, Ch. 1: Review
Week 2 – Ch. 2: Review, Quiz 1
Week 3 – Ch. 3: Review
Week 4 – Ch.4: Review
Week 5 – Ch.5: Review, Exam 1
Week 6 – Ch.6: Review, Quiz 2
Week 7 - Ch.7: Review
Week 8 – Ch.8: Review
Week 9 – Ch.9: Review, Exam 2
Week 10 – Ch.10: Review, Assign Game Project, Exam 3
Week 11 – Ch.11: Review
Week 12 – Ch.12: Review
Week 13 – Game Industry, News Exam 3
Week 14 – Game Analysis
Week 15 - Review
Week 16 Final Exam
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
*** All Assignments are due by 11:55 p.m. on the due date ***
Week 1 –8/26/2013 Getting Started. Syllabus review, Ch. 1: historical Elements
Week 2 – 9/2/2013 Ch. 2: Player Elements, Intro to UDK, Quiz 1
Week 3 – 9/9/2013 Ch. 3: Game Elements, UDK Interface
Week 4 – 9/16/2013 Ch.4: Storytelling, Brushes, World Geometry, and Static Meshes
Week 5 – 9/23/2013 Ch.5: Characters, Creating a Level
Week 6 – 9/30/2013 Ch.6: Gameplay, Creating a Level Contd.
Week 7 – 10/7/2013 Ch.8: Interface, Lighting & Geometry Mode
Week 8 – 10/14/2013 Ch.9: Audio, Kismet & Matinee
Week 9 – 10/21/2013 Ch.10: Roles & Responsibilities, Materials
Week 10 – 10/28/2013 Ch.11: Production & Management, Fractured Static Meshes & Sounds
Week 11 - 11/4/2013 Ch.12: Marketing & Maintenance, Particles, Fluid and Physics
Week 12 – 11/11/2013 Game Industry News, Crowds & Cinematics
Week 13 – 11/18/2013 Game Analysis, UI Scenes
Week 14 – 11/25/2013 “Crunch Time”
Week 15 – 12/2/2013 “Crunch Time”
Week 16 - 12/11/13 Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Alpha. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material
1. Utilizes basic software development terminology and concepts.
2. Applies a software-development process to develop and troubleshoot a software product.
3. Creates computer graphics for inclusion into a software product.
4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the computer field.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Alpha. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material (PSLO Alpha) measured by pretest/posttest.
1. Utilizes basic software development terminology and concepts (PSLO 1) measured by embedded test questions.
2. Applies a software-development process to develop and troubleshoot a software product (PSLO 2) measured by projects.
3. Creates computer graphics for inclusion into a software product (PSLO 3) measured by projects.
4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the computer field (PSLO 4) measured by projects.
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
|Additional Information||I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.|
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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