MDIA 2337 - Virtual Reality Development/Design II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 2337 Course Virtual Reality Development/Design II Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I courses and either completion of MDIA 1009 or MDIA 1012 or Level 1 COMPSCI Assumed Knowledge 3D modelling basics and or programming fundamentals Course Description This course further expands on the `Introduction to VR Development and Design course? by applying core design theory to immersive technology development. Allocated project work will provide students with an opportunity to gain insight into the specific roles associated with VR creation, as well as a deeper understanding of game engines, spatial sound, programming and 3D modelling.
Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Cook
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1 Classify the roles and responsibilities within current VR, MR and AR development frameworks. 2 Apply appropriate design theory/methodologies for immersive technology development from a project-oriented perspective. 3 Formulate and manage a production schedule orientated specifically towards immersive technology. 4 Demonstrate intermediate literacy in game engine use.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 3, 4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1, 3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1, 2, 3, 4
Required ResourcesDue to not only the individual skill acquisition required, but also the highly technical nature of the project material in this course, resources will be provided weekly for students (at an individual level if needed). These resources will be in the form of code examples, workflow strategies, applied techniques, and websites. Students are not only encouraged to access all of the resources provided, but also foster an investigative research approach to obtaining their own resources as technical issues arise. There will be no dedicated textbook(s) or course reader(s) for this course, however suggested reading may be put forward.
Unity 3D Tutorials - https://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials
Unity Forum - https://forum.unity.com/
Unity Answers - https://answers.unity.com/index.html
Students are also recommended to not only foster a self-guided and investigative research approach to finding resources on their own as needs arise, they are also strongly encoruaged to keep a record of the artictiles/books/websites they find.
Online LearningThis course makes extensive use of MyUni and external websites. All assignments are submitted via online methods. Depending on size, some associated project material may have to be submitted in person (via memory stick or USB drive).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures for this course are delivered live and recorded using the university’s Echo 360 system. Lecture recordings are automatically loaded to MyUni following delivery. Tutorial classes are held in the Napier VR lab. Readings and other materials are provided using the Barr Smith Library Digital Resources Management Service or through externally hosted websites. Assignments and course participation involve a mixture of individual and collaborative work.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester 2 hours project work per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours investigative research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours reading per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeek-by-week course content is available on the MyUni site and in person - when applicable to course project material - through data transfer.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceTutorial sessions held in the Napier VR lab form an integral part of learning in this course. Students will gain SGDE by working in a combination of whole class and smaller groups under the guidance and supervision of the Course Coordinator and academic staff. Tutorial sessions also provide an opportunity for students to receive advice and support as they complete project work from the academic staff who coordinate the course.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task (relevant learning outcomes) Task Type Weighting Suggested workload* Online Quizzes
Formative and Summative; Individual; Written 15% Approx 8-12 hours Reflective Essay
Summative; Individual; Written 20% Approx 12-16 hours
(including preparatory reading, research and experimentation)
Summative; Individual; Graphical 30% Approx 14-18 hours Game Engine Final Project
(1, 2, 3, 4)
Summative; Individual; VR Project Creation 35% Approx 28-40 hours
(including data backup and transfer times)
Assessment DetailOnline Quizzes: 15%. These quizzes will represent formative and summative understanding of the core concepts presented in lectures and tutorial sessions.
Reflective Essay:20% 1,500 words. This assessment will be submitted through MyUni and will be a reflective written piece oriented around the student's own investigation into the development roles and difficulties with VR development. The essay will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of 1) the attributes associated with their chosen roles, and 2) the impact their roles have on other tasks within the development pipeline.
Project Formulation & Management: 30%. Each student will be required to demonstrate ongoing understanding of how VR projects are formulated and managed in small teams. Evidence of this understanding will be submitted via both the project management software used within the course and in written form.
Game Engine Final Project: 35%. The final project represents the culmination of course work. Students will submit their final build(s) as per the techniques and design principles outlined within the level 1 & 2 courses. Grades will be awarded based on how well the final build of the project runs, whether or not design methodologies were implemented, and proven understanding of intermediate level game engine use.
SubmissionWritten Assignments are submitted via the MyUni course site. Project based assessments are submitted in person depending on size. Feedback is provided through test responses, rubrics, comments in assignment text and in class.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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