CE317-6-SP-CO:
Virtual Worlds

The details
2024/25
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
15
17 June 2022

 

Requisites for this module
CE217
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(none)
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Key module for

BSC G610 Computer Games,
BSC G612 Computer Games (Including Year Abroad),
BSC G620 Computer Games (Including Foundation Year),
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, Classes and One Lab

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment: Hero's Journey    100% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Early Exams 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
20% 80%

Reassessment

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

 

Availability
Yes
No
Yes

External examiner

Dr Adam Chester
University Of Warwick
Associate Professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 266 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
266 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information

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