CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT20271 Mobile Game Development
Mobile Game Development
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will learn how to develop a mobile game using an agile methodology and device agnostic software tools. You will look at using 3D models and sound assets to develop this game, as well as techniques for good game development. This development process highlights, in particular, the impact that limited computing resources and wireless communication speeds have on the development of games. You will also conduct research on what makes a good game, supported by relevant gaming theories.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisite: COIT20268 Responsive Web Design.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. Portfolio
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit evaluation

Feedback

The hands-on approach in the textbook and labs helped students learn how to develop mobile games from scratch.

Recommendation

Continue using a hands-on approach to teach how to develop mobile games from scratch.

Feedback from Unit evaluation

Feedback

Need more clarity about the portfolio assessment.

Recommendation

Latest developments will be incorporated from the recently published textbook and updated supporting materials.

Feedback from Unit coordinator's reflection

Feedback

The learning materials of this unit need to be redeveloped.

Recommendation

A new prescribed textbook will be introduced and the lecture and tutorial materials will be updated.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Design and implement a mobile game
  2. Detail the challenges in developing mobile apps requiring heavy use of hardware resources
  3. Apply an agile methodology in the development of software
  4. Critically assess the user interface design on different platforms, with different hardware affordances.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • System Integration (SINT)
  • Programming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Applications Support (ASUP).

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Portfolio - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Portfolio - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Holistic Mobile Game Development with UNITY 1st Edition (2014)

Authors: Penny de Byl
Taylor and Francis
London London , United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780415839235
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

Unity in Action 2nd (2018)

Authors: Joseph Hocking
Manning
Shelter Island Shelter Island , New York , United States
ISBN: 9781617294969
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Both paper and eBook versions of the Prescribed text can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

The optional text is in paper format only, but can be purchase at the above link if preferred.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Internal students are encouraged to bring a laptop to all classes
  • Zoom (both microphone and webcam capability)
  • Unity learning resource (free)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michael Cowling Unit Coordinator
m.cowling@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to Mobile Game Design

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to Mobile Game Development

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Procedural Literacy - Part 1

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Procedural Literacy - Part 2

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio starts

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Art Assets & Aesthetics

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio continues


Practical Assignment 1 Due: Week 5 Friday (13 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Mid-term Break

Chapter

Catch-up if behind. Relax and refresh.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio continues

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Mobile Game Interfaces

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio continues

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Learning from the Masters: Part One (Segment 1)

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio continues

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Learning from the Masters: Part One (Segment 2)

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio continues

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Learning from the Masters: Part Two (Segment 1)

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio continues

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Learning from the Masters: Part Two (Segment 2)

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio continues

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Multiplayer Experiences

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio completes


Practical Assignment 2 Due: Week 11 Friday (1 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Publishing & Promotion

The Latest Trends in Mobile Game Development

Chapter

de Byl, Chapter 8 & Online Materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Critical Evaluation of a Game Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Portfolio Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (11 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Unit Coordinator: A/Prof. Michael A. Cowling

Phone: 07 3295 1196

E-mail: m.cowling@cqu.edu.au

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assignment 1

Task Description

This is a group assignment that can be undertaken by 3 students. You are required to submit a design and interface prototype for a simple 3D Unity game for Android mobile devices. This should include documentation of the game concept and design details, as well as the beginning of a Unity project that implements some sample interface and game mechanics for your game to give an idea of how the game will run. Your submission should demonstrate the application of the knowledge from the first four chapters of the textbook.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (13 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Feedback will be provided within 2 weeks of submission.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

  • Game has clear play instructions and an end goal.
  • Game interface is well designed and suitable for the game.
  • Game design shows creativity and original thinking.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
The entire Unity project should be submitted in a format that can be executed by the marker in an emulator or on an Android phone. Include your report as a PDF or Word document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Design and implement a mobile game
  • Apply an agile methodology in the development of software


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assignment 2

Task Description

This assignment is a continuation of Practical Assignment 1. This is a group assignment that can be undertaken by 3 students. You are required to design, implement and playtest a simple 3D Unity game for Android mobile devices.

Design and implementation

The game is based on the game concept that you have provided in Practical Assignment 1.

As the game is for mobile devices, your implementation should demonstrate a competent knowledge of the following:

  • Mobile game interfacing i.e., the use of mobile touch screen, device orientation, sensors and GUI
  • Exploring and using legal sources of graphics, sounds and 2D/3D models
  • Applying the overall concepts from the first four chapters of the textbook, as well as implementing features from the "Learning from the Masters" chapters


You are also required to write a report explaining your demonstration and the game elements that you have successfully implemented according to the design in Assignment 1.

Playtesting

Your game should be playtested by two of your friends. You should write a report that includes your observations during the playtesting, your playtesters’ comments and your ideas for improving the game.



Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (1 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Feedback will be provided within 2 weeks of submission.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

  • Game clearly and successfully demonstrates desired game features.
  • Game uses visual and auditory resources appropriately.
  • Game code is well written and shows competency in Unity.
  • Report is well written and provides a clear rationale for the implemented game features and relationship to the original game.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
The entire Unity project should be submitted in a format that can be executed by the marker in an emulator or on an Android phone. Your report should be a PDF or Word document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Design and implement a mobile game
  • Apply an agile methodology in the development of software


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Critical Evaluation of a Game

Task Description

Critical evaluation of games is an important skill for game designers. You will be provided with a game to critically evaluate with the intention of identifying those aspects that work well, and provide recommendations for improvements.

Your task is to research game design literature to locate current, relevant game theories and evaluate your game within the context of those theories. Game theories related to game mechanics, game usability, game design patterns, playability heuristics, and context of the game are examples of those which may be considered for your critical evaluation.

You should write an essay briefly explaining the game theories you have researched, how they apply to your game, the implications thereof, and your recommendations. The list of references should form the last page of the essay, which is expected to include at least two peer reviewed (scientific) journal articles or conference papers.

As a guideline, the main body of your essay should be approximately 1500 words.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Feedback will be provided on the date of certification of grades.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

  • Each game theory relevant and clearly explained
  • Insightful discussion on the application of each game theory and the resulting implications
  • Recommendations for improvements provided
  • Quality references chosen


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You should submit the essay in a Word or PDF document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Detail the challenges in developing mobile apps requiring heavy use of hardware resources
  • Critically assess the user interface design on different platforms, with different hardware affordances.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management

4 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio

Task Description

Your portfolio is for your future reference. The portfolio will contain two sections: demonstrations and bibliography. The demonstrations section will showcase the mobile game concepts that you have mastered. The bibliography section will contain a list of references of the learning resources that you have found useful.

CQU Portfolio
Your portfolio should be constructed in CQU Portfolio which is available on the Moodle unit site.

Demonstrations
From Week 4 to Week 11, each week you are expected to add one new mobile game concept to your portfolio with your most impressive demonstration of the concept. For each concept, you should write a short discussion to show how the concept is used in a gaming context. Where possible, your demonstration should be built to run on the web player. Alternatively, you must provide screenshots and/or video clips of your demonstrations embedded in the portfolio. You may be asked to demonstrate your work to your local lecturer and/or tutor.

The textbook hands-on exercises and online Unity tutorials are good resources for this task. As you complete the textbook exercises and tutorials, record and document your work for demonstration. Bonus marks will be given for innovative demonstrations of newly learned concepts.

Bibliography

As you learn mobile game development, you will access extracurricular materials such as the Unity website, YouTube videos, help documentation and books. When you find a useful resource, you should add a reference to it to the bibliography section along with a short discussion of the resource which also justifies the inclusion of the resource. Your bibliography is expected to contain at least 24 useful references - you should try to add roughly three per week.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (11 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

You are required to complete one portfolio item per week from Week 4 to Week 11. You need to submit a secret URL to your CQU Portfolio page or collection by the above due date and time.


Return Date to Students

Feedback will be provided on the date of certification of grades.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

  • Demonstrations are of high quality with well written code. Work of a high distinction standard would be expected to demonstrate newly learned concepts in new and innovative gaming contexts.
  • Bibliography references point to quality or rare resources, the reference discussions should provide some insights into the resources. Categorise and and rate the resources by their content, quality, usefulness and ease of use.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You should submit a Word or PDF document containing a secret URL to your CQU Portfolio page or collection.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Detail the challenges in developing mobile apps requiring heavy use of hardware resources
  • Critically assess the user interface design on different platforms, with different hardware affordances.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Self-management

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