CSCE 4013
Class Syllabus
Spring 2014


Name: John Gauch
Office: 518 JBHT
Class Hours: Tue, Thu 2:00-3:15pm
Office Hours: Tue, Thu 9:30-11:00am and 3:15-4:45pm
Phone: (479) 575-4024
Email: jgauch(at)
Web Page:

GTA: Lora Streeter
Office: 442 JBHT
Office Hours: Mon 1-2, Wed 11-12
Email: lstrothe(at)

Catalog Description:

This course will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of video game design and development. The course contains concepts in computer graphics (classical rendering, 3D object modeling, video game engines, game physics), human computer interaction (input/output devices, gameplay design, multiplayer games) and artificial intelligence (control of non-player characters, adaptive gameplay). Students will implement a small video game using Unity to demonstrate these techniques. Prerequisite: CSCE 2014.

Text Book:

None. The course will utilize a number of online sources.


Topics Covered:


Final grades in this class will be determined by a weighted average of 3 individual programming projects (60% of grade) and one group project where teams of 3-4 students will create and demonstrate a video game (40% of grade). The We will use the following scale to assign final grades:

A: over 90%
B: 80% - 89%
C: 70% - 79%
D: 60% - 69%
F: below 60%

Academic Misconduct:

The department, college, and university have very strict guidelines regarding academic misconduct. Obviously, copying is not allowed on exams. Students are expected to submit their own work on individual programming projects. Lending or borrowing all or part of a program from another student is not allowed. Students ARE allowed to borrow and modify any code on this class web site in their labs or programming projects. Instances of cheating will result in a zero on the copied assignment/exam and the policy specified in the University of Arkansas Undergraduate Studies Catalog, Academic Regulations, Academic Dishonesty will be followed.

ADA Statement:

If any member of the class has a documented disability and needs special accommodations, the instructor will work with the student to provide reasonable accommodation to ensure the student a fair opportunity to perform in this class. Please advise the instructor of the disability and the desired accommodations within the first week of the semester.

Inclement Weather:

If the university is officially closed, class will not be held. When the university is open, you are expected to make a reasonable effort to attend class, but not if you do not feel that you can get to campus safely. Assignment due dates will be postponed in case of inclement weather.

Emergency Procedures

Many types of emergencies can occur on campus; instructions for specific emergencies such as severe weather, active shooter, or fire can be found at

Severe Weather (Tornado Warning):

  • Follow the directions of the instructor or emergency personnel.
  • Seek shelter in the basement or interior room or hallway on the lowest floor, putting as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • If you are in a multi-story building, and you cannot get to the lowest floor, pick a hallway in the center of the building.
  • Stay in the center of the room, away from exterior walls, windows, and doors.

    Violence / Active Shooter:

  • CALL - 9-1-1
  • AVOID - If possible, self-evacuate to a safe area outside the building. Follow directions of police officers.
  • DENY - Barricade the door with desk, chairs, bookcases or any items. Move to a place inside the room where you are not visible. Turn off the lights and remain quiet. Remain there until told by police it is safe.
  • DEFEND - Use chairs, desks, cell phones or whatever is immediately available to distract and/or defend yourself and others from attack.