Computer Science (COMP) 283
Effective Use of Myths and Facts in Computer Games (Revision 1)
Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Science
Skills Required: Basic computer literacy and competence are required.
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Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
COMP 283 is not available for challenge.
**Note: Students who are concerned about not meeting the knowledge requirements for this course are encouraged to contact the course coordinator before registering.
Games need stories and background settings to engage users. Myths and facts (e.g., a story line, images, dress, armour, weapons, tools) are essential to developers creating a game story.
COMP 283 can be an excellent complementary course to COMP 230, Storyboard Design, which is another course essential for anyone to pursue a competitive credential in game design and development, such as the University Certificate in Game Development and Programming to be offered by School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University.
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to
- use the people, events and facts of a chosen myth and/or history to develop the background for a game OR develop a comprehensive original fictional context containing a history or mythology for a game.
- research important literature and texts of a chosen myth or history using online resources such as the AU Library and Google.
- create, describe and integrate settings, characters and action in as cohesive interactive storyline.
- critically survey and summarize a chosen myth and/or history for use in game design.
- use document and presentation design skills to produce elements of the game design and description including fact tables, written descriptions, story boards and timelines.
- use web design tools and techniques to create multimedia web pages.
- present and explain the game design concept in a presentation.
The course consists of the following study guide units:
- Unit 0: Getting Started – Software and Searching
- Unit 1: Structuring Documents and Links on the Web
- Unit 2: Adding Images, Audio, and Video
- Unit 3: Using Tables
- Unit 4: Using Form Components
- Unit 5: Using Frames
- Unit 6: Even Better – Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
- Unit 7: Website Design
- Unit 9: Publishing Your Website
To receive credit for COMP 283, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent), with an average grade of at least 60 percent for Assignment 1, 2, and 4, a grade of at least 50 percent for Assignment 3, and a grade of at least 60 percent for the Final Online Presentation. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Final Online Presentation||15%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
The remainder of the learning materials for COMP 283 is distributed in the online course environment.
Special Course Features
Students can choose their favourite myth and/or ancient history, lead engaging discussions, and expand peers’ knowledge by recommending reading materials, blogs, and news.
Readings for this course will be taken entirely from web-based resources that typically can be accessed via the AU Library website, Google, Wikipedia, and various public domain resources discovered and accessed by the students.
Social software and resources used may include the following:
- AU Library (http://library.athabascau.ca/)
- Google (http://www.google.com)
- Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/)
Special Instructional Features
Free and/or open-source software and services are used in this course. Students will start by getting familiar with the AU library and public domain resources as well as using Google and Wikipedia. Students will share their insights and ideas with peers in discussion forums. After Unit 5, they will compile the story and facts for their dream game based on what they have done for Assignment 1 and Assignment 2. After Unit 8, students will create a set of interactive web pages presenting the story of their dream game. They will be asked to do an online presentation and discussion via social software.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, May 28, 2012.
Updated May 21 2019 by Student & Academic Services