Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)


This unit exposes students to a variety of industry standard games engine environments and development techniques. Students will develop an appreciation and basic working knowledge of a number of different platforms used in contemporary games development. The unit aims to provide students with a practical insight into contemporary, industry standard, games development process and games engines.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • understand the games development pipeline as used in industry;
  • appreciate the number of formal and informal games development platforms that exist and why they are used;
  • research new and unfamiliar games development environments and adapt to their use;
  • understand how to formally approach the use of a new development environment in the games context;
  • critically analyse and explore new games development technologies, including graphics and audio engines, for suitability of use for specific games projects;
  • create basic games prototypes in a number of contemporary game engines and development frameworks;
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the Microsoft XNA framework of game development, including C#.


In-semester assessment: 100%

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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