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Course Syllabus

Course Information:


Monday, 12:30 3:15 PM ATEC 1.202 Fall 2011

Professor Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Tim Christopher Email: khimbar@utdallas.edu Email MUST have atec3351 Monday in subject line.

Office: ATEC 1.304 Office Hours: NA

Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions

ATEC 2382 and (CS 1337 or CS 2336)

Course Description

ATEC 3351 Computer Game Development (3 semester hours) provides introductory experience in game play design and development. Students will work in teams to create a number of individual games. Students will participate in class discussions about types and characteristics of game play mechanics, both analogue and digital. Topics will vary from basic game types to types of social structures within games. As this course is heavily project oriented, attendance and participation will be crucial to your success.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes Students will learn to think critically about games and gaming issues Students will work in teams to develop original playable games Students will learn how to critically analyze games made by themselves and others Students will research and discuss social issues as they relate to games

Required Textbooks and Materials

Suggested Course Materials Raph Koster, A theory of fun for game design Fullerton, Swain, and Hoffman; Game Design Workshop

Assignments & Academic Calendar



Introduction to class Game 1 assigned LABOR DAY NO CLASS Game 1 Alpha Due Game 1 Final Due Game 2 assigned Lecture and discussion Game 2 Alpha due Game 2 Final Due Game 3 assigned Lecture and discussion Game 3 Alpha Due Game 3 Final Due Game 4 assigned Lecture and discussion Game 4 Alpha Due Last Day Game 4 Final due


12 19 26 Oct 3 10 17 24 31 Nov 7 14 21 28 Dec 5 12

Grading Policy:

Participation 15% Homework 15%

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 15% 15% 20% 20%

Course & Instructor Policies

Late assignments will be docked 10% per day late. Students are responsible for determining what assignments they miss if they are absent. Requirements and schedule are subject to change at the discretion of the instructors (all changes will be furnished to students in writing).

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