House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

GAME-1404-01 (Level Design)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorCox, Thomas K.
Phone(409) 984-6393
Business and Technology
Chair:Michael Trahan
Telephone:(409) 984-6378
Hours:MF 12:00-12:50, W 12:00-2:50, TR 1:00-3:45
Building:Faculty Offices Pavilion (FOP)
Room #:106
Course Information
Course ID #10091
Course Subject-Number-SectionGAME-1404-01
Course TitleLevel Design
Course Description Introduction to the tools and concepts used to create levels for games and simulations. Incorporates level design, architecture theory, concepts of critical path and flow, balancing, play testing, and storytelling. Includes utilization of toolsets from industry titles.
Course Prerequisites GAME 1303 Introduction to Game Design and Development
Required Textbooks Mastering Unreal Technology Volume 1: Introduction to Level Design with Unreal Engine 3, Jason Busby, Zak Parrish, Jeff Wilson, ISBN: 9780672329913


Learning Objectives Analyze the pros and cons of a level including balance and emotional impact, create original game environments using existing game engines and tools, and evaluate existing architectural spaces for game aesthetics.
Major Assignments Major assignments will include: 13 lab assignments, 2 Quizzes, 2 Exams, and a Final Project.
Discussion Topics Overview of the Unreal Engine

Introduction to the UDK User Interface

Brushes, World Geometry, and Static Meshes

Creating a Simple Level

Creating a Simple Level Contd.

Lighting & Geometry Mode

Kismet & Matinee



Fractured Static Meshes & Sounds

Particles, Fluid Surfaces, and Physics

Crowds & Cinematics

UI Scenes

Level Optimization

Level Streaming

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 studentís 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.
Determination of Final Grade Quizzes & Assignments-40%, 2 Exams-40%, Final (Level Design Project)-20%

Final Exam Date May 18, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.† Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.† These policies will be strictly enforced.


Facility† Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


Special Considerations

†††††††† The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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