Module Catalogue 2019/20

CSC3224 : Computer Games Development

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Graham Morgan
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CSC1025Mathematics for Computer Science
CSC2021Software Engineering
CSC2023Algorithm Design and Analysis
CSC2025Operating Systems
CSC3223Graphics for Games
CSC3221Programming for Games
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Code Title
CSC3222Gaming Simulations
Co Requisite Comment



To introduce fundamental concepts underpinning computer games development.
To provide practical experience of the software engineering associated with computer games

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction - A historical survey introducing important scientific and technological breakthroughs and innovations (both in academia and industry) that have influenced computer games development. Describing the mathematical concepts associated with the breakthroughs and innovations identified in the historical survey. Summary of latest computer game development tools relating to dedicated, and general-purpose, hardware.
Design & Implementation - Investigate mathematical models used in the programming, artificial intelligence and graphical representation of computing games. Good use made of case studies to encourage a deeper learning of such models. Practical classes designed to teach students how to use enabling technologies associated with games development. For example, comparing and contrasting the virtual reality modelling language with a game engine.
Multiplayer - Describing the mathematics used when identifying real-time constraints of multiplayer environments when users are geographically separated. Identifying the different approaches to multiplayer games deployment over networks and associating such findings to real-time constraints. Exploring the advantages and disadvantages of employing general consensus algorithms to ensure consistency in multiplayer environments. Exploring how the techniques of dead reckoning and zoning are used to satisfy real-time constraints.
Revision & project presentation - Providing summary assessment of game development project. Employing reflective practices to encourage a review of subjects covered.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To be able to:
- identify different design issues related to computer games development.
- identify the mathematics associated with different aspects of computer games and utilise such knowledge in the development of computer games.
- discuss appropriate enabling technologies for computer games development

Intended Skill Outcomes

To be able to:
- exhibit skills appropriate for the development of a computer game via various enabling technologies.
- implement the appropriate techniques used by developers during the production, deployment and maintenance of computer games.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Present
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Independence : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical221:0022:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work451:0045:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:0011:00Background 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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M25Working game scenarios with full code listings and document with example screenshots. 15 hours.
Practical/lab report2M75Working game with full code listings and document with example screenshots. 30 hours.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment rationale is based on the practical engineering requirements associated with computer game development. Therefore, the appropriate manner to achieve this is via a project to create a computer game. The student must convey the standard of their work via the provision of full code listings, example screenshots and a full demonstration of their game. To ensure students are progressing appropriately, a first prototype will be required early in the module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Based on module CSC3202

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