Module Catalogue 2022/23

CSC8509 : Project and Dissertation in Computer Game Engineering (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Graham Morgan
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 45.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
CSC8501Advanced Programming for Games
CSC8502Advanced Graphics for Games
CSC8503Advanced Game Technologies
CSC8504Research Methods for Gaming Innovations
CSC8505Entrepreneurial and Enterprise Skills in the Games Industry
CSC8506Engineering Gaming Solutions within a Team
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To enable students to utilise the knowledge acquired in all the previous modules of the computer game engineering programme to carry out challenging project work in the area of computer game engineering.

Students will choose, and work intensively on, an industrial strength/research intensive problem in the area related to computer game engineering. The work itself would involve system design implementation and documentation, and be guided by an industrial/academic supervisor.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students are expected to choose a project from a list offered by potential supervisors, who could be from the School or from Industry. Suitable projects involve students learning about some aspect of producing an engineered solution to a challenging computer game related problem, and applying what they've learned to solve such a problem. Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of research and/or programming as a part of their project.
Students are expected to provide an interim report after 10 weeks into the project, documenting their progress to date and future plans. At the end of the project, they would give a presentation about their project-work and hand in a substantial report.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To be able to describe and discuss designing and implementing a software solution under time and resource constraints, and to describe the work done in the form of a dissertation.

Intended Skill Outcomes

To be able to demonstrate skills in:
- solving problems closely linked to industrial requirements.
- written communication, Oral presentation,
- planning and organising.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion785:00390:00Writing dissertation
Guided Independent StudyProject work985:00490:00Undertaking project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Supervisor meetings
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Regular one-to-one (weekly) meetings with project supervisor and industrial partners will provide the setting for achieving the learning outcomes. In addition, the learning outcomes have already been covered in earlier modules and therefore this module is viewed as “putting to work” skills learnt earlier in the programme.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal2M10Interim progress report (10 pages)
Prof skill assessmnt3M10Powerpoint slides & Demonstration of Software
Dissertation3M50Final dissertation (less than 100 pages)
Design/Creative proj3M30Software Program (135 hours)
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics Form
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The six month project, covering the period April to September, will be undertaken with an individual academic supervisor, working in association with one of the research groups of the School or at a collaborating industrial research laboratory (in which case it will be supervised jointly). In either case, the dissertation report should describe in full the work carried out.
Interim progress report is a milestone to check if the student is on-course to accomplishing the project objectives.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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