CGDD 4203 Mobile and Casual Game Development

Instructor: Dr. Allan Fowler, Professor
Teaching Assistant: N/A
Office: J-352
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10:00 am to 11:15 am

Course Information
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 10:00 am to 11:15 am

Course Information
Lecture: M, W, F 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Room: J-156
Credits: 3 – 0 – 3

Course Description
TThis course explores the segments of mobile (handheld, smart phone, tablet) and casual gaming.  Aspects of mobile hardware resources such as smaller memory, limited processor capabilities, and smaller displays are discussed; implications of such limitations to design and playability are also presented. Patterns of casual game development and emerging markets for casual games are also explored. A term project exploring mobile and/or casual game development is required.


• Required - None

o Readings and books as assigned (TBA)

Students will be able to:

Games should be fun, and so should learning about games. This course will be a lot of fun, but it will also be a lot of work. Modern APIs provide a lot of scaffolding and there is a lot already there to do the work for you... so you just need to tap into the existing code to make it do what you want.  While this can be empowering, it can also be overwhelming... so get ready to be frustrated but eventually achieve elation!
It is HIGHLY encouraged that you participate in the Game Jam weekend this will be vital to your experience and progress for the course.
You must attend all status meeting and update your website before class. For each report that you fail to submit or for each meeting you fail to attend, you will receive a 0 for that week. If you need to miss a meeting, negotiate this beforehand.

Assessment Grading Scale
A [>= 90]
B [>= 80, < 90)]
C [>= 70, < 80)]
D [>=60, < 70]
F (<60)]



Due Date



As per schedule


Game Appreciation



Text Adventure



Casual Game



Mobile Game



Stand ups

As per schedule


Academic Misconduct (Required for Syllabus)
Every KSU student is responsible for upholding all provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. The Code of Conduct includes the following:
Section II of the Student Code of Conduct addresses the University’s policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work, malicious removal, retention, or destruction of library materials, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards. Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the University Judiciary Program, which includes either an “informal “resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct’s minimum one semester suspension requirement.
Students involved in off-campus activities shall not act in a disorderly or disruptive fashion, nor shall they conduct any dangerous activity.
Students involved in off-campus activities shall not take, damage or destroy or attempt to take, damage or destroy property of another.
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Disability Statement
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Important notice: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to arrange the necessary accommodations. Students should present appropriate verification from KSU Student Disability Services. No requirements exist that accommodations be made prior to completion of this approved University process. Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments is requested to notify the instructor as early in the semester as possible. Verification from KSU Student Disability Services is required. All discussions will remain confidential.
If you have a hidden or visible disability which may require classroom or test accommodations, please seemed as soon as possible during scheduled office hours. If you have not already done so, please register with KSU Student Disability Services, the office responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities.
Please contact the instructor immediately if you have or think you may have a disability or medical condition which may affect your performance, attendance, or grades in this class and for which you wish to discuss accommodations of class-related activities or schedules. Accommodations are arranged on an individualized, as-needed basis after the needs and circumstances have been evaluated.
If you have a specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disability and require accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that you’re learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Student Disability Services office, located in the Student Center room 267, and obtain a list of approved accommodations.
If you believe you qualify for course adaptations or special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is your responsibility to contact the Student Disability Services office in the Student Development Center and provide the appropriate documentation. If you have already documented a disability or other condition that would qualify you for special accommodations, or if you have emergency medical information or special needs I should know about, please notify me during the first week of class.
You can reach me by phone at ____, or you can schedule an appointment to meet me in ____ at a determined time. If this location is not convenient for you, we will schedule an alternative place for the meeting. If you use an alternative medium for communicating, let me know well in advance of the meeting (at least one week) so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged.

Professional communication is important in presenting yourself. Don't believe me? Read this from the Harvard Business Review. You must use proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. when communicating in your submissions and via email to me. Do not use L337 or textingshorthand when posting in the discussion forums or emailing me, or I will not respond (or take off a significant portion of your grade). I don't do this to be mean; rather, I want to encourage your professional development, and I also don't have time to decipher cryptic communications that are not clearly written.

All assignments and assessment comply with the academic integrity standards of KSU and CSE. I encourage you to examine the student handbook for more details.
Please be advised that no credit will be given for late assignments. If you have a problem that arises during the course of the semester, please contact me as soon as possible. I'm happy to work with you under legitimate circumstances (life has potholes), but I can't work with you to help you succeed if you don't let me know of a problem.
Professional communication is important in presenting yourself. You must use proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. when communicating in your submissions and via email to me. Do not use leet or texting shorthand when emailing me, or I will not respond to your email or I will take of a significant portion of your grade. I don't do this to be mean; rather, I want to encourage your professional development, and I also don't have time to decipher cryptic emails that are not clearly written. Make-up Policy
If a student must miss a presentation, test or final exam due to a documented, legitimate reason (illness with documentation, family death, etc.), then a make-up test/exam will be administered. To coordinate this, contact the instructor as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the student to coordinate this in a timely manner.

Attendance is required for all group members during any presentation.

Religious Observance
I encourage students in promoting their spiritual health. Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class and/or exam should notify the instructor at least two weeks in advance and discuss acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence. It is up to the student to be proactive and handle this early in the semester.

Course Schedule
I have made every effort to plan the course out well with reasonable pacing, but it may be that we're moving too fast/slow and the schedule may change. Please view the published schedule to plan your semester but realize that it might change. Assignment deadlines may change as well. I will announce in class and email if such changes occur.
Disclaimer: this syllabus is subject to minor changes throughout the semester.