CSC3221 : Programming for Games
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Neil Speirs
- Owning School: Computing
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce fundamental concepts underpinning computer games programming where optimimzation through understanding the underlying hardware is essential.
Outline Of Syllabus
1) Machine Architecture - How the modern computer works and the engineering solutions to overcome design limitations.
2) Software versioning - How to use software versioning to create professional programs.
3) Memory and its Management - How memory allocation works and how it influences how code executes.
4) Efficient Object Orientation - The use of object orientation to produce maintainable code while ensuring performance of execution is considered.
5) Design Patterns - How and when to use design patterns to simplify program development.
6) From PC to Console - Understanding the differences in console programming compared to PC programming.
7) Structuring the question - The use of matrix based equation solving in general game programming.
8) Debugging - The use of tools and techniques to achieve error free code.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||11||1:00||11:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||1:00||11:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||14||0:30||7:00||Revision for end of semester exam and exam duration|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||22||1:00||22:00||Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||22||1:00||22:00||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||27||1:00||27:00||Background reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Techniques and theory are presented in lectures. Supervised practicals on a PC cluster room provide experience of writing programs and using PCs with help available. Further practical work takes place during the private study hours.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prob solv exercises||1||M||20||weekly programming exercises (10 hours)|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||30||Optimized games program (10 hours)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The assessment rationale is based on the practical requirements associated with computer game development. Students must be able to understand and apply optimization techniques which take advantage of the underlying hardware platform. The written examination demonstrates that students understand the underlying theory and standard methods, and can apply them.
Study abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the length of the exam may differ from that shown in the MOF.
N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 35%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 35%.