Computer Games Programming and Graphics Awards Level 3 Induction Welcome • • • • • Welcome back to Stafford Consolidate experience obtained in Industry Hard Work !!! 24+ Weeks of sustained effort to meet ultimate goal Little and Often – Better to study a small amount every day than cram at strategic points Contacts • Bob Hobbs – Scheme leader, plus Level 1 and 3 – just moved to K354 • Trevor Adams – Level 2 leader for Scheme • Kate Cranston – new award administrator, same desk as Julie – award support office K243 • Janice Kalicz – student advisor • check your University email frequently! News • • • • new Games AI lab K102 new PCs for K106 – VERY soon PS3 and PSP dev kits on the way mobile lab K110 – Java ME and Android phones for testing mobile apps – RFID development kits Modules and Timetables • I need your module choice forms!!!!!!! • if you have chosen your modules but want to form, fill in a module change form asap • resourcing decisions need to be made NOW • Check option clashes with current timetable – but beware it often changes – report any clashes (S1 for now) and we'll see what we can do Modules - CGP Project Module 1 Computer Graphics Information Systems Engineering in Industry (core for BEng/MEng) Further AI AI Engines for Games Advanced Programming for 3D Graphics Applications Advanced Windows Games Programming Further Programming for Mobile and Handheld Device (Android) Project Module 2 Project Module 3 On-line Gaming Real-Time Rendering and Animation Character AI Practical Game Strategies Modules - CG Project Module 1 Computer Graphics Image Processing, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Information Systems Engineering in Industry (core for BEng/MEng) Chaos and Fractals AI Engines for Games Advanced Programming for 3D Graphics Applications Further AI Project Module 2 Project Module 3 Real-Time Rendering and Animation General Option NEW REGULATIONS • The regulations have changed in response to government rules • You MUST submit all assessments and attend all examinations / tests • You MUST attend and engage with the module • any referrals (IF you are eligible) will be the August resit week – w/c 15 August 2011 Final Year Project (FYP) • 3 modules – – – – Planning Design Implementation Nominally 1 in Semester 1, 2 in Semester 2 • Induction for FYP – Introduces project structure, web facility and critical milestones – Process for securing project tutor • Project/Research lectures – First 4 weeks of term 1. One two hour lecture repeated. Go to one only. – Very important – explains process requirements and research methods. • Personal Research – Make use of online sources of research material such as online journals and ebooks. Library has comprehensive list available through portal. • Plan, plan, plan ,……… FYP • Spec. more than one possible proposal • Discuss with several tutors and/or work colleagues from placement – find a supervisor with appropriate interests – "disciplines" in FYP system – Steve Foster • FYP has to be approved as valid for the award – Game Programming (or Game AI) content – Intellectual content has to be evident • Can be subset of a game focusing on more specific detail e.g. fluid motion, texture enhancement, collaborative AI, etc… • Can be serious application of game prog. concepts. – Feasible to implement GradEx • • • • Showcase your talent Rehearsal for FYP viva Create portfolio Make a Video - FRAPS Future • • • • • • • Explore postgraduate opportunities early Milk round for graduate job vacancies Consider research qualifications Research PG funding opportunities Write to companies. Put portfolio together. Network with other students and recent graduates through alumnus programme. • University has business support programme for self-employed start-ups. Students reps • need some volunteers! Where next? • see me after talk with any questions – or in my office K233 – especially if you are new, or repeating, or changing awards • Bob will be back Monday • Fill in and submit your module choice / change forms!!!!! • Projects, Careers, Postgraduate Study, Library, Enterprise – Tomorrow 9:30 – 11:30 – Red Lecture Theatre Finally • You will find Level 3 the most challenging of your academic career – advanced modules, project, finding a job.... • But also the most rewarding • Talk to Bob, Janice, your project supervisor if you have any problems • With luck, all the hard work will all be over by the end of May!!