module specification

CU5012 - Game Engine Development (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Game Engine Development
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 10%   Presentation and log book
Coursework 10%   Project plan
Coursework 80%   Artefact and report (1000 words)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Level 4, introducing students to 3D graphics programming, using managed code.  During the module, students will work in teams to develop a 3D game and consider some of the economic and marketing issues associated with production.

The module aims to:
· provide an understanding of the mathematics associated with 3D space
· introduce 3D graphics and audio pipelines
· foster students' programming and asset production skills
· develop creative skills by producing a 3D game
· develop students' profiles of personal/professional development

Prior learning requirements

Successful completion of  level 4


3D artifact design: 3D graphics, 3D models, 3D skybox LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Maths in 3D games: 3D geometry, 3D Vector, 3D Matrix
Physics in 3D games: Kinematics, Rotational Motion, Newton's Laws, Energy, Momentum and Impulse
3D game development: Move 3D model in 3D space, controlling the 3D camera, 3D Collision detection, 3D Terrain
3D audio and game aesthetics
Problem solving in 3D games: 3D game plan, testing, debugging, and documentation

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Topics will be introduced through the medium of formal lectures, supported by seminar and workshop sessions, and blended learning as follows:
- Lecture (1 hour / week):
Introduction of the major topics identified in the syllabus, plus for practical exercises, directed reading and other further study
- seminar / Workshop (2 hour / week):
Consolidating understanding of topics introduced in the lecture via class and group discussions, informal presentations and other activities in the seminar sessions.
3D Game design and development practical skills will be further developed through lab-based workshops. Specific practical exercises are set to support students' development of skills in essential 3D Game design and development.
- Blended learning:
Using the University’s VLE and online tools to provide deliver content, assessment and feedback, to encourage active learning, and to enhance student engagement and learning experience.

Students will be expected and encouraged to produce reflective profiles of personal/professional development on the learning activities and tasks that they carry out to complete their work.
Games Programming Students will collaborate with Games Animation, Modelling and Effects students in producing a completed Game Project

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

LO1 – understand and apply 3D maths in the context of a game
LO2 – discuss and present game strategies and solutions
LO3 – extend creativity by developing a 3D game working as part of a group
LO4 – appreciate optimisation requirements for assets in game pipeline



Core Text:
Luna, F., (2016). Introduction To 3d Game Programming With Directx 12. Mercury Learning & Information.

Other Texts:

Stahler, W., (2004). Beginning Math And Physics For Game Programmers. New Riders.
Jason, G., (2018). Game Engine Architecture Third Edition. Taylor & Francis Group.

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