Courses & Units

Games Fundamentals KIT109

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Note: This unit will only have online classes in 2022. All lectures and tutorials will be available online only.

Introduction

Games (whether they be video games, console games, computer games, mobile games, or web games) differ from other media as they elevate the viewer to the level of a participant. Games are an ever-growing cultural phenomenon which has increasing relevance to people's day-to-day lives and well as significant economic importance.

In this unit, students will be exposed to the basics of game development technology and game design, via an intensive process learning practical skills for developing games and the application of these in the development of their own small game.

While games are typically "fun", they are also increasingly being developed for non-entertainment uses, through so-called serious gaming and by the use of gamification. Supplementing the practical component, this unit will introduce such games as they are used to make social statements and to drive social change; for education and training; for rehabilitation and health; for research; and for art's sake alone. This unit will also examine controversial game content, the effects of game playing, and various ethical concerns.

This unit will feature guest speakers who will provide unique personal insights into the workings of the games industry and advice on how to best prepare for employment within it.

Summary

Unit name Games Fundamentals
Unit code KIT109
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
Discipline Information & Communication Technology
Coordinator Doctor Lindsay Wells
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate the design and development processes of games
  • Apply knowledge of development principles and technical skills to develop games
  • Identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the design and implementation of games
  • Analyze the diverse usage and broad impact of games and virtual worlds on individuals, organizations, and society
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
029999 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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Teaching

Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hr lecture weekly, 1 x 1-hr practical weekly and 1 x 2-hr tutorial weekly

AssessmentQuizzes (5%)|Examination (20%)|Pong Game (5%)|Game Project Concept Document (5%)|Prescribed Game Project (20%)|Game Project Weekly DevLog (5%)|Game Project Testing (5%)|Game Project Implementation (20%)|Modules and Exercises (15%)
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Textbooks

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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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