Course - Introduction to Research in Serious Games and Gamification - IMT4307
IMT4307 - Introduction to Research in Serious Games and Gamification
Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letter grades
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The course will fundamentally operate on two levels, that is understanding and modification of behaviour on an individual level (traditional serious games), but also refer to serious games as a means to understand behaviour on the group/society level (Simulation as Serious Games).
Content will include:
- Principles of games (challenges, development foundations)
- Game mechanics
- Motivation & Motivation Theories (e.g., Self Determination Theory)
- Gamification of existing activities
- Alignment between game actions and desired actions
- Simulation as Serious Games to model and understand social behaviour
- Ethics related to the use of serious games
- Specific application areas of serious games are subject to interest and involvement of students (e.g., Training and Education, Health, Science, Economics)
Note: The delivery of the course is subject to a sufficient number of enrolled students.
After successfully completing the program, the students should have developed the following knowledge, skills and general competences:
- Possess advanced knowledge of the development process for Serious Games
- Possess the knowledge needed to be capable of adding game mechanics to novel health and education problems
- Possess specialized insight and good understanding of the current state of the art research in Serious Games
- Possess thorough knowledge of the different methodologies related to different application areas of Serious Games (e.g., education, health)
- Possess thorough knowledge of evaluation methodologies and game metrics as relevant to the discussed cases
- Are able to generate high-quality questions focused on the use of games and their impact on the player
- Are able to inquire into the specifics of a research publication and evaluate the quality of the research work
- Are able to analyze existing theories and methods for teaching and engagement and challenge established practice in using serious games to motivate change
- Are able to analyze the role of games in specific context (e.g., education, health, behavioural modelling)
- Developing proficiency in engaging in literature review for specific research areas relevant to Serious Games and/or Gamification
- Develop sensitivity to identify application scenarios for serious games in the real world
- Use questions as a means to analyze research and development project
- Improvement in the quality of questioning and question sequences
- Are able to analyze ethical issues related to the use of technology, and specifically, games in non-entertainment areas
- Are able to orally communicate academic issues, analyses, and conclusions, with specialists in the field and to the public
- Are able to contribute to innovative thinking and innovation processes
Learning methods and activities
Additional information: The course will be offered both as an ordinary campus course (Campus Gjøvik) and as a course that is offered in a flexible way to off-campus students. Lecture notes, e-lectures and other types of e-learning material will be offered online. Communication between the teachers and the students, and among the students, will be facilitated by online chat and the course LMS.
Compulsory requirements: Students need to present research papers in a lecture format and participate in reflection activities during seminars. Presentation in this setting is a prerequisite for completing the course. Off-campus students need to participate via electronic means.
- Coursework Requirements
Further on evaluation
The course requires the planning and performance of a mandatory student-driven class session, aimed at facilitating discussion around a specified topic as well as an opportunity to solicit feedback. The final mark is based on a report on the presented topic (or variant thereof, subject to discussion), which may be written individually or as a group.
Recommended previous knowledge
Experience with a variety of games (e.g., genres, foci) is useful but not essential.
Required previous knowledge
No explicit prerequisites, other than being admitted to a relevant Master degree (or approved for exchange students).
Notes, handouts and research papers. Details will be announced at the beginning of the course, and be made accessible via the course LMS.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: SPRING 2023
Language of instruction: English
- Computer Science
Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
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- Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"