Course Title: Design games

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COSC5948C

Course Title: Design games

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6087 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Arthur Michalopoulos
Phone: 9925 4111

Nominal Hours: 30

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency is delivered in the class Games 3. This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to Design Games in the pre-production stage. Tasks will involve the research, design and understanding of games – both non digital and digital. Aspects such as design, game play, level maps, as well as team logs and organizational structures will be considered.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFDIG504A Design games


1 Identify project requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm the objective and desired outcomes of a game proposal or brief in consultation with relevant personnel.
1.2 Identify factors that may have an impact on how a game is designed.
1.3 Clarify target audience to determine format and delivery platform of the game through discussion with relevant personnel.


2 Research games and generate ideas.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select state of the art games from different genres to play as a source of inspiration.
2.2 Search game literature for each game and identify the games' objectives.
2.3 Generate range of ideas for game designs that are technically feasible, respond to the proposal or brief, and provide creative solutions to design issues.
2.4 Discuss ideas and collaborate, as required, with relevant personnel to ensure contribution of a range of ideas and creative solutions to initial concepts.


3 Select a game genre.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and present a range of game genres to relevant personnel for consideration in terms of their characteristics, differences and ability to meet requirements of proposal or brief.
3.2 Consult with relevant personnel to ensure that a full range of genres has been identified and sourced.
3.3 Select the game genre that best meets the creative, technical and production requirements of proposal or brief.


4 Draft game design document.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Establish the game strategy outcomes.
4.2 Use design techniques to develop the structure of a game ensuring that all elements, including style and game mechanics are fully documented.
4.3 Use a range of criteria to determine the scope of a prototype to be used in the development phase.
4.4 Ensure that the prototype selected is capable of testing the effectiveness of the proposed game.
4.5 Include a register of game assets in consultation with relevant personnel.
4.6 Present draft game design document for discussion with and feedback from other team members.


5 Finalise game design document.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Re-evaluate game design objectives on the basis of feedback on the prototype and draft game design document.
5.2 Discuss and confirm additional requirements or modifications to the game design with relevant personnel.
5.3 Specify the game production specifications, including appropriate testing strategies.
5.4 Write final game design document to reflect all additional requirements or modifications.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to establish project parameters, research game genres, plan and structure gaming products whilst drafting and finalising game design documents.

Details of Learning Activities

On successful completion of this unit, you will create a pre-production document for a game

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentElements
What is a game?
Making simple games on paper
2Assignment 1 : Making simple games in groups
Class presentation/discussion & critique of assignment
(presented in class)
3Assignment 1: Critique & document submission

Playing non digital games in class

Assignment 2: Playing non digital games and defining structure
(assessed in class)
4Game concept: Structure, Game Play, background etc1,2,3,4
5Project work1,2,4
6Assignment 3: Joint Game project: Pre-production
initial discussions, Document criteria, visual designs, maps, final art, organizational structure and log etc
7Joint Game project: Pre-production1,2,3
8Joint Game project: Pre-production1,2,3
9Finalize Game Document1,2,3,4,5
10Looking at range and types of digital games, audience1,2,3
11Looking at range and types of digital games, audience1,2,3
12Assignment 3 submission1,2,3
13Assignment 4 : Review a Computer Game2,3,4
14Assignment 4 production2,3,4
15Assignment 4 presentation2,3,4,5
16Playing computer games/TBA1,2
17Assessment week 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts




Other Resources

Extensive use of web for research as required.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.

Assessment Tasks

Formative assessment (un-graded)

Assignment 1 Making a simple game in groups
(Refer to assignment brief for details)

Assignment 2 Playing non digital games
(Refer to assignment brief for details)

Assignment 4 Review a computer game
(Refer to assignment brief for details)

Formative (ungraded) assessment will use the following:
CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment

Summative assessment(graded)
Assignment 3 joint game project- pre-production
(Refer to assignment brief for details)

Assignment 3 is 100% of the semester mark
(Refer to assignment brief for grade breakdown)

NB Completing ALL formative assessments (assignments 1,2,4) are a pre-condition to be eligible to be considered for the summative assessment (assignment 3)

Assignment 3 (graded) will be assessed using the following:
HD Competent with High Distinction
DI Competent with Distinction
CR Competent with Credit
PA Competent with Pass
NN Fail

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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