History, Culture and Foundation of Games (9751.3)
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|School Of Arts And Communications||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit aims to give students the theoretical and practical knowledge required to participate in the games industry. Participants will gain insight into the games industry including its history, role in society and structure. This will be achieved through a study of key contemporary and historical influential designers, studios, game franchises and genres.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify and review the history of console, arcade and computer games and how they impact on our society and aspects where society has influenced computer games;
2. Identify and interpret key concepts of games through the review and analysis of established games literature;
3. Discover and engage with the games industry Identifying its dialogue, context and culture;
4. Summarise games and the games industry; including key factors such as games genres, major influential games franchises, job roles, key studios and influential designers; and
5. Employ written and oral communication skills in a professional and academic context.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
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- DeMaria, Rusel, and Johnny L. Wilson. High Score!: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2004.
- Dietz, Tracy L. An examination of violence and gender role portrayals in video games:Implications for gender socialization and aggressive behavior. Sex roles 38, no. 5-6 (1998): 425-442.
- Harris, Blake J., and Seth Rogen. Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation.
- Lule, Jack. Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication. Edition, 2014.
- Michael, David. Serious Games Games That Educate, Train and Inform. Boston, Mass.: Thomson Course Technology, 2006.
- Novak, Jeannie. Game Development Essentials: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Clifton Park, N.Y.: Delmar, 2012.
- Novak, Jeannie, and Michael E. Moore. Game Development Essentials: Game Industry Career Guide. Clifton Park, N.Y.: Delmar Learning; 2009.
Students should endeavour to maintain at least 80% attendance for all lectures and tutorials. Lectures and tutorials are designed to scaffold student learning and assist students to complete their Assignment tasks. If there is a legitimate reason for an absence, then the lecturer should be emailed as a courtesy to explain the absence.
Additionally, students are expected to engage in an additional 4-7hrs of work per week for the unit, which excludes the lectures and tutorials (approximately 80hrs over a semester).
Required IT skills
This unit assumes IT and media production skills in line with the prerequisite units. Students should be comfortable designing, developing and producing digital media in a range of forms.
Work placement, internships or practicums