Game Programming

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Time: Wednesdays 11:15-1:15
Location: CS142
Instuctor: Evangelos Kalogerakis (kalo AT cs DOT umass DOT edu)
Instructor office hours: Mondays 1:30-3pm; at other times, drop in or make an appointment (office CS250).
TA office hours: Fridays 3-5pm
Lecture notes, programming resources, forum, and assignments are posted on Moodle.

Course Description

Game Programming introduces students to concepts of computer game development, including scene modeling, character design, animation, game art, basic game AI, audio and video effects. The course will help students build the programming skills needed to turn ideas into games. Students will work on various game programming exercises with the Unity game engine.

The course has the following prerequisites for junior and senior CS majors: COMPSCI 220, COMPSCI 311, and MATH 235. MS/PhD students are assumed to have these equivalents from their undergraduate career. The course offers 3 credits.

Week-by-week outline (tentative)

Week 1: Introduction to Game Programming and Unity
Week 2: The Game Loop, Scene Modeling
Week 3: Animation Basics
Week 4: Physics-based Animation Principles
Week 5: Rigid Body Simulation
Week 6: Character Animation and Rigging
Week 7: Photorealistic and Non-Photorealistic Rendering
Week 8: Game AI Basics
Week 9: ML for Games
Week 10: Game Networking, Audio, and UI Principles
Week 11: Game Business and Ethics
Week 12-13: Game presentations

Marking scheme (tentative)

60% Programming assignments
30% Course project
10% Participation

Scores to letter conversions:
95%-100% A
90%-95% A-
85%-90% B+
80%-85% B
75%-80% B-
70%-75% C+
65%-70% C
60%-65% C-
55%-60% D+
50%-55% D

Accommodation Statement

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students.  If you have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability on file with Disability Services (DS), you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help you succeed in this course.  If you have a documented disability that requires an accommodation, please notify me within the first two weeks of the semester so that we may make appropriate arrangements.

Academic Honesty Statement

Since the integrity of the academic enterprise of any institution of higher education requires honesty in scholarship and research, academic honesty is required of all students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Academic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University.  Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty.  Appropriate sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty.  Instructors should take reasonable steps to address academic misconduct.  Any person who has reason to believe that a student has committed academic dishonesty should bring such information to the attention of the appropriate course instructor as soon as possible.  Instances of academic dishonesty not related to a specific course should be brought to the attention of the appropriate department Head or Chair.  Since students are expected to be familiar with this policy and the commonly accepted standards of academic integrity, ignorance of such standards is not normally sufficient evidence of lack of intent (

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