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COMP3150 – Games Project A

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Mitchell McEwan
Malcolm Ryan
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above including COMP2150 or COMP260
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Students will work in groups to create a videogame using a commercial-level game engine. This will enable them to apply their previously acquired skills in videogame design and implementation to a substantial project. Teams will be expected to develop their own concept for the game. This will require creative design, the production of supporting documentation, quality control, and other associated skills and concepts. Teams will be expected to produce a compelling game proposal and meet regular agreed milestones as well as producing game documentation and giving a final presentation.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Apply the agile development process (prototyping and playtesting) to a semester-long video game design and development project
  • ULO2: Contribute to a self-managing team and practise shared accountability to deliver on agreed milestones.
  • ULO3: Communicate the elements of a game design to a variety of audiences in both oral and written form.
  • ULO5: Independently reflect on and research game design and development roadblocks in order to overcome production challenges with creative solutions
  • ULO6: Conduct user research to evaluate game prototypes and find areas for improvement
  • ULO7: Evaluate your own performance through self-reflection.

General Assessment Information

The group-work component of the assessment (Design Plan & Document, Milestones, Playtesting Plan & Document) will be marked in common for all group members, but individual marks will be modulated based on peer assessment feedback regarding contributions and performance.

All work submitted should be readable and presented in a professional format to industry standards.

Policy on Late Assignments

No extensions will be granted except in cases of special consideration. Students who have not submitted any work for the task prior to the deadline will be awarded a mark of 0 for the task, except for special consideration cases.  Plan to submit early. As you are working in a team and are expected to perform risk management, sickness or other misadventure needs to be planned for and managed.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Elevator Pitch 6% No 4/8/21
Pitch 5% No 11/8/21
Design Plan 5% No 18/8/21
Milestones 24% No Weeks 5-13
Playtesting plan 5% No 8/9/21
Final game 10% No Week 13
Playtesting report 10% No Week 13
Design Document 15% No Week 13
Post-mortem 20% No Week 13

Elevator Pitch

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 4 hours
Due: 4/8/21
Weighting: 6%

 

Pitch a novel game idea to the class in a 2 minute oral presentation.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Communicate the elements of a game design to a variety of audiences in both oral and written form.
  • Independently reflect on and research game design and development roadblocks in order to overcome production challenges with creative solutions

Pitch

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 7 hours
Due: 11/8/21
Weighting: 5%

 

Give a 10 minute group presentation to pitch your idea to an audience of industry professionals and take feedback & criticism.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Communicate the elements of a game design to a variety of audiences in both oral and written form.
  • Independently reflect on and research game design and development roadblocks in order to overcome production challenges with creative solutions
  • Conduct user research to evaluate game prototypes and find areas for improvement

Design Plan

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 7 hours
Due: 18/8/21
Weighting: 5%

 

Write a design plan that iterates on your pitch, incorporating feedback from industry, and also including details of how you plan to work together as a group to achieve your vision.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply the agile development process (prototyping and playtesting) to a semester-long video game design and development project
  • Contribute to a self-managing team and practise shared accountability to deliver on agreed milestones.
  • Communicate the elements of a game design to a variety of audiences in both oral and written form.
  • Independently reflect on and research game design and development roadblocks in order to overcome production challenges with creative solutions

Milestones

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Weeks 5-13
Weighting: 24%

 

A series of milestone reports describing allocation of tasks to individual team members and reporting on your progress both as individuals and as a teams.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply the agile development process (prototyping and playtesting) to a semester-long video game design and development project
  • Contribute to a self-managing team and practise shared accountability to deliver on agreed milestones.

Playtesting plan

Assessment Type 1: Qualitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 8/9/21
Weighting: 5%

 

A report describing your plans for the playtests you intend to conduct on your game.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Conduct user research to evaluate game prototypes and find areas for improvement

Final game

Assessment Type 1: Creative work
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 10%

 

Final game demonstrated to industry representatives. Mark is determined by these representatives.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Independently reflect on and research game design and development roadblocks in order to overcome production challenges with creative solutions

Playtesting report

Assessment Type 1: Qualitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 10%

 

A report describing the outcomes of the playtesting process and how the results influenced the design.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Conduct user research to evaluate game prototypes and find areas for improvement

Design Document

Assessment Type 1: Design Task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 15%

 

A report thoroughly describing of the final game mechanics of the game, justified in terms of the effect they are intended to achieve.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Communicate the elements of a game design to a variety of audiences in both oral and written form.
  • Independently reflect on and research game design and development roadblocks in order to overcome production challenges with creative solutions

Post-mortem

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 20%

 

A reflective report describing what went well and what went badly in both the final game design and in the process of working as a team.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply the agile development process (prototyping and playtesting) to a semester-long video game design and development project
  • Contribute to a self-managing team and practise shared accountability to deliver on agreed milestones.
  • Evaluate your own performance through self-reflection.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

CLASSES

Classes will largely focus on a mix of presentations/pitches, Scrum-style consultations with the lecturers, milestone demonstrations and playtesting. The class schedule will be published on iLearn. 

REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED TEXTS AND/OR MATERIALS

There is no prescribed text for this unit. However we recommend:

  • Agile Game Development with Scrum, by Clinton Keith. Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (June 2, 2010) ISBN-13: 978-0321618528
  • The Game Production Toolbox, by H. M. Chandler, CRC Press, ISBN-13: 978-1-138-34170-8

UNIT WEBPAGE 

Please login to iLearn at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/

TECHNOLOGIES USED AND REQUIRED

The technology you use will depend on the needs of your project. You will have access to the games lab computers and the software on them. Extra required software may be added if a good case can be made for it.

Unit Schedule

WEEK TOPIC
1 Agile project management for game development
2 Elevator pitches
3 Pitches to industry sponsors
4 Milestone 1 demonstrations (A Groups)
5 Milestone 1 demonstrations (B Groups)
6 Milestone 2 demonstrations (A Groups)
7 Milestone 2 demonstrations (B Groups)
  Mid semester break
8 Milestone 3 demo's & playtesting (A Groups)
9 Milestone 3 demo's & playtesting (B Groups)
10 Milestone 4 demo's & playtesting (A Groups)
11 Milestone 4 demo's & playtesting (B Groups)
12 Milestone 5 demo's & playtesting (All Groups)
13 Group demonstration of game to sponsors

 

 

 

   

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Results

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