DPS905 Course Outline

Course Code: DPS905
Course Name: 3D Game Programming Techniques
Offered Date: Fall - 2017 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course continues the study of game programming techniques begun in DPS901. Topics include modeling, texturing and lighting techniques, force feedback, and
shader programming.
Credit Status: 1 credit in the BSD program.
Prerequisite: DPS901
Mode of Instruction: 2 hours interactive lecture per week.
2 hours activity-based learning per week.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Research and incorporate new features into an existing game program
  • Design and write graphically appealing games that make use of force feedback
  • Code vertex and pixel shader programs using a high level shader language and effect files
  • Justify design decisions when selecting between alternative ways to implement an effect
  • Effectively present detailed technical information to an audience
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|
Topic Outline:
  • Introduction - 5%
    •          Review of the base code
    •         Review of enhancements suggested by former students
  • Modelling Techniques - 15%
    •         Comprehensive camerawork
    •         Relative reference frames
    •         Streaming sound files
    •         Billboards
    •         Skyboxes
    •         Meshes
    •         Collision detection
  • Shader Programming - 20%
    •         Fixed and programmable pipelines
    •         Shader languages
    •         Vertex and pixel shader programming
    •         Effects file framework
  • Lighting Techniques - 15%
    •         Review of basic lighting formulas
    •         Phong and Blinn-Phong
    •         Hemispheric lighting
  • Texturing Techniques - 10%
    •         Mipmaps
    •         Tiling
    •         Multitexturing
    •         Off-screen rendering
  • Shadow Techniques - 10%
    •         Shadow maps
    •         Shadow volumes
  • Force feedback using DirectInput - 10%
  • Topics selected, researched and presented by students - 15%
Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:
  • Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 9.0 by Luna; ISBN 1-55622-913-2 published by Word Ware Publishing
  • Programming Vertex and Pixel Shaders by W. Engel published by Charles River Media, Boston, MA. ISBN 1-58450-349-1
  • OpenGL Shading Language by R.J. Rost published by  Pearson Education, Boston, MA. ISBN 0-321-33489-2
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Satisfactorily complete the course project
  •     Pass the final exam
  •     Pass the weighted average of the test and final exam

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Course Project 50%
Term Test 20%
Final Exam 30%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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