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Título: Top-down Design of a CS Curriculum for a Computer Games BA
Autores: Fachada, Nuno
Códices, Nélio
Palavras-chave: JOGOS DE COMPUTADOR
ENSINO SUPERIOR
INFORMÁTICA
CURRÍCULOS UNIVERSITÁRIOS
COMPUTER GAMES
HIGHER EDUCATION
COMPUTER SCIENCE
ACADEMIC CURRICULA
Data: Jun-2020
Editora: ACM
Citação: Fachada, N. & Códices, N. (2020). Top-down design of a CS curriculum for a computer games BA. In Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE '20 (pp. 300-306), Trondheim, Norway
Resumo: Computer games are complex products incorporating software, design and art. Consequently, their development is a multidisciplinary effort, requiring professionals from several fields, who should nonetheless be knowledgeable across disciplines. Due to the variety of skills required, and in order to train these professionals, computer game development (GD) degrees have been appearing in North America and Europe since the late 1990s. Following this trend, several GD degrees have emerged in Portugal. Given the lack of specialized academic staff, not uncommon in younger scientific areas, some of these degrees "borrowed" computer science (CS) programs and faculty within the same institution, leading in some cases to a disconnect between CS theory and practice and the requirements of GD classes. In this paper, we discuss our experience in adapting the CS curriculum of a three-year computer games BA in accordance with GD requirements. We used a top-down approach, where the game engine used for GD informs the choice of CS topics and programming languages lectured in the CS curriculum. The discussion is centered around the choices taken and the theoretical and empirical rationale behind our decisions. Preliminary empirical results indicate a substantial increase in GD project quality and a clear improvement in the students' technical skills, as well as in their experimentation and adaptation capabilities.
Descrição: ITiCSE '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
URI: https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3341525.3387378
http://hdl.handle.net/10437/10206
ISBN: 978-1-4503-6874-2
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