COMM3003 Designing Play
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Non-standard teaching period Hong Kong Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 option in the Communication and Media Studies major sequence
- The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 3 elective
- This unit builds on the practical and theoretical knowledge gained in the Level 2 core units COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media and COMM2002 Digital Media. It introduces students to key elements in the design, production, and consumption of interactive systems in the form of games, including digital games and environments of play in the form of massive multiple online (MMO) environments. It critically examines key considerations in the design and consumption of games, their intellectual history in other media forms, as well as actual social practices associated with environments of play, such as gamification and the use of games as procedural rhetoric. The unit requires students to consider how the design of communication and media technologies, in particular in the form of an interactive dynamic system, affects social practices, including work practices, in the widening digital landscape. While a critical consideration of key texts and theorists forms an important element of the unit, students also have to engage and learn to work in an applied game design context.
- Students are able to (1) utilise and recognise the critical importance of play; (2) recognise, evaluate and utilise key elements of design in the production of games; (3) identify key approaches and historical influences in the design of games and computer games; (4) develop a critical awareness of how the design of media affects social, political and economic practices, and vice versa; (5) critically engage with concepts of interactivity and narrative; (6) develop professional writing skills of use in manual writing and other professional contexts; and (7) develop the ability to organise and work as part of a group.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical reflection; (2) research essay; and (3) game design project. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr David Savat
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- 3 hours per teaching week
- Unit Outline
- Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-QTR-A2_2019]
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