CISG221 Game Studio I - Concepts and Design

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Computer/Information Science

I. Course Number and Title
CISG221 Game Studio I - Concepts and Design
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CISG112 (C or better) AND CISC211 (C or better) AND VAMM209 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students will work in teams to complete the logical design, documentation, and limited prototyping for an original digital game. All materials produced in this class will be used as the basis for developing a complete and functional game in CISG222 Game Studio II - Prototyping, Playtesting, and Production the following semester.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate a working knowledge of basic project management concepts;
    2. perform their specified role on the game development team and successfully work with other team members;
    3. develop a work breakdown schedule, production schedule, and milestone checklist;
    4. display an understanding of level, character, story, puzzle, and game play design;
    5. demonstrate a working knowledge of game design/simulation and the modern game development process by designing an electronic game/simulation; and
    6. present a completed design document, production schedule, and partial prototype for instructor and peer review at the end of the semester.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Overview of the roles of the game design team
    2. Introduction to basic project management concepts and tools
    3. Game design documentation
    4. Storyboarding
    5. Story design
    6. Character design
    7. Level and puzzle design tools and theory
    8. Sound and visual design
    9. Prototyping
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Formal assessment will consist of open-ended questions reflecting theoretical and applied situations, as well as laboratory exercises and development of games for education and recreation.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbook and/or readings. Details provided by instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 2/08; New Core 8/2015