Module Title:Fundamentals of Game Networking
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The course is delivered via an equal mixture of laboratory and lecture sessions. Lecture sessions present fundamental game networking concepts, which are further supported by practical implementation of concepts during laboratory sessions and assessments.
Module Aim: To enable the student to develop multiplayer video games in accordance with industry practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Build an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer networking
LO2 Apply the architectural principles of computer networking and compare different approaches to organising networks.
LO3 Design, develop and deploy distributed, multiplayer gaming applications.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Games Engineering II or equivalent Web Development and Databases or equivalent Programming II and Operating Systems or equivalent
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction
History and challenges of Online Games
Network fundamentals
IP, TCP, UDP, Sockets, latency, bandwidth, packet loss
Network architectures
Client-server, P2P, multiple servers, multicast, NAT
Design a multiplayer game
Serialisation, replication, input and state based updates, design decisions
Assessment Breakdown%
Project20.00%
Practical30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Design and Implementation of a Multiplayer Video Game 1,2,3 20.00 End-of-Semester
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory Work 1,2,3 30.00 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_KCCGD_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Games Development 7 Mandatory