Virtual Worlds

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
08 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC G610 Computer Games,
BSC G612 Computer Games (Including Year Abroad),
BSC I610 Computer Games (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module explores in depth the design of virtual worlds, taking in the motivations of the players and the techniques of the designer. Past, present and future virtual worlds will be discussed along with their design principles and theory. Discussions will include the relationship between real worlds and virtual worlds.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to explore in depth the design of virtual worlds, taking in the motivations of the players and the techniques of the designer.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Discuss the past, present and future of virtual worlds.
2. Describe the design principles of virtual worlds.
3. Describe the theory of virtual worlds.
4. Discuss the relationships between virtual worlds and the real world.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

. Past and present of virtual worlds
. Technical overview
. Design - the virtual world
. Design - the player character
. Player types
. The Hero's Journey
. The Real and the Virtual
. Virtual worlds as art
. The future(s) of virtual worlds

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, Revision classes, Labs/discussion classes 20 hours of lectures, 2 hours of Labs, 18 hours of classes


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1 - Hero's Journey    100% 
Exam  180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
20% 80%


Coursework Exam
20% 80%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Richard Bartle, email: rabartle@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Richard Bartle
School Office, email:csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Jeremy Ian Hiller Gow
Goldsmiths College
Dr Iain Phillips
Loughborough University
Available via Moodle
Of 102 hours, 40 (39.2%) hours available to students:
62 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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