BS in Information Technologies - Game Design and Development

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Information Technology: Game Design and Development Degree Online from SNHU

Earn Your Game Development Degree Online

Mastermind the creation of games and the business behind the scenes with an online game design and development bachelor’s degree. The online game development degree combines the solid skills of an advanced IT curriculum, the creativity and process that go into game development and a core business education to deliver an unmatched set of skills. SNHU’s online bachelor’s degree will give you a competitive edge in the technologies of game development.

What You’ll Learn

Coupling a core IT and game development program gives students the breadth of knowledge to grow a career in game development, or in other industries that use gaming and simulation (for example, in education, healthcare, and public policy). Through your game development coursework, you’ll tackle game genres and platforms, interface design, game theory, game marketing, e-collaboration and e-commerce.

You’ll also learn how virtual game environments create experiences through rule design, play mechanics, game balancing, social game interaction and the integration of visual, audio, tactile and textural elements.

Where You Can Go

While the online game design and development degree focuses your skills toward a career in the video game industry, this online information technology degree also places an emphasis on strong and deep IT skills. The number of software development jobs will see growth of up to 23 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BS in Informational Technologies will prepare you well for a career in game design and development as well as other fields within the IT industry, and equips you with business knowledge that transcends any one career path.

BS in Information Technologies — Game Design and Development Online Degree

Required Core Courses

ECO-201: Microeconomics
This course examines the role of economic systems in allocating scarce resources to satisfy the needs and wants of individual members of a society. After a brief exposure to alternative economic systems, the focus becomes the nature and performance of American capitalism. Primary emphasis is placed upon the development of models that explain the behavior of consumers, producers and resource suppliers in various market structures.
Prerequisites:
MAT-130, 140, 210, 240 or MAT-106 & MAT-206
MAT-240: Applied Statistics
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.

General Education Courses: 45 credits

Major Courses

IT-145: Intro to Software Development
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the object-oriented programming paradigm. The course uses the Java programming language, which is totally object-oriented language, and the Java development environment to demonstrate the principles of object-oriented programming. Other languages, including Smalltalk, may be used for comparison. The course covers the Java language and the Java development environment, including the Java Software Development Kit (SDK) and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) tools. The course also covers the key concepts of object orientation, including inheritance, encapsulation, polymorphism and communication with messages. Other topics include classes and objects, base classes and class hierarchies, abstract and concrete classes. Offered every year. This is a programming course.
Prerequisites:
CIS-100 or IT-100
IT-200: Fundamentals of Information Technology
This course offers a broad introduction to the tools and applications students will need to become successful professionals in the IT environment. Students will examine the core information technologies of human-computer interaction, information management, programming, networking, web systems and technologies, as well as information assurance and security.
IT-201: Computer Platform Technologies
This course provides the hardware/software technology background for information technology personnel. Hardware topics include CPU architecture, memory, registers, addressing modes, busses, instruction sets and a variety of input/output devices. Software topics include operating system modules, process management, memory and file system management. Also included are basic network components and multi-user operating systems. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
CIS-100 or IT-100
IT-210: Business Systems Analysis and Design
This course provides students with the necessary level of information technology education relative to understanding the uses and roles of information systems in business organizations. Students receive instruction on the information concepts and methodologies associated with the development of business information systems, and their effective application to the solution of business problems. Students learn the major issues of managing information technology in the contemporary business environment and the relationship between organizations' structures and information technology. Team approaches are utilized along with structured computer laboratories and cases using spreadsheet and database management tools. Writing intensive course.
IT-270: Web Site Design
This course serves as an introduction to creating interactive pages for the World Wide Web. Specifically, it will survey Internet concepts, network protocols and client-server communications. The course covers HTML, the language of the World Wide Web; the Document Object Model (DOM), essential to creating and manipulating elements of a Web page under program control; CSS, the syntax for building consistent styles and appearances across Web pages; and JavaScript, the programming language that cements the various technologies together to facilitate dynamic interactive elements. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
IT-135 or IT-145
IT-315: Object Oriented Analysis and Design
This course develops software systems engineering principles combining object-oriented design principles and methods augmented by computer assisted engineering (CASE) technology. The course involves use of the unified modeling language (UML) and, through the vehicle of a student group project, applies these elements to the system development life cycle. This course is writing intensive, as student project teams are required to submit a comprehensive project report and a PowerPoint presentation. Specialized Systems Development Computer Laboratory intensive and open laboratory intensive. Offered every year. Writing intensive course.
Prerequisites:
CIS-200 or IT-210
IT-328: Project Management in Information Technology
This course covers project management strategies specific to IT projects. These project management strategies include: project initiation, scope definition, planning, execution, control, coordination, closure acceptance, and support.
IT-330: Database Design and Management
This course covers the design and implementation of information systems within a database management system environment. Students will demonstrate their mastery of the design process acquired in earlier courses by designing and constructing a physical system using database software to implement logical design. Topics include data models and modeling tools and techniques; approaches to structural and object design; models for databases (relational, hierarchical, networked and object-oriented designs) CASE tools, data dictionaries, repositories and warehouses, Windows/GUI coding and/or implementation, code and application generation, client-server planning, testing and installation, system conversion, end-user training and integration and post-implementation review. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
IT-135 or IT-145
IT-331: Human Factors in Information Technology
This course addresses the importance of understanding and advocating for the end user in the development of IT applications and systems. Students will be exposed to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) fundamentals including user and task analysis, human factors, ergonomics, accessibility standards, and cognitive psychology. Emphasis will be placed on user-centered methodologies in the development, evaluation, and deployment of IT applications and systems.
IT-340: Network and Telecommunication Management
This course provides an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking theory, concepts and requirements relative to telecommunications and networking technologies, structures, hardware and software. Emphasis is on the concepts of communications theory and practices, terminology, and the analysis and design of networking applications. Management of telecommunications networks, cost-benefit analysis and evaluation of connectivity options are covered. Students can design, build and maintain a local area network (LAN). Offered as needed.
Prerequisites:
CIS-201 or IT-201 and CIS-200 or IT-210
IT-380: Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
This course explores the basic concepts in cybersecurity and information assurance. Topics include security policies, models, and mechanisms for secrecy, integrity, and availability of communications and information. The course also covers approaches to prevent, detect and recover from the loss of information, cryptography and its applications, vulnerability scanning, functions of a chief security officer software applications and web services for maintaining information security and security in computer networks and distributed systems.
Prerequisites:
IT-330 and IT-340 or permission of instructor
IT-385: Information Technology Communications
The course focuses on the essential oral and written communication tools and strategies used when communicating in technology organizations, emphasizing on how to make information more usable and accessible to multiple audiences. Students will review how to develop functional specifications and proposals, training programs, technical illustrations, and web information architecture.
IT-412: Cyberlaw and Ethics
This course stresses the social and professional context of IT and computing related to ethical codes of conduct. Students will examine the historical, social, professional, ethical, and legal aspects of computing in the 21st century.
IT-415: Advanced Information Systems Design
This is the first of a two-part capstone course for IT majors which covers the major methodologies used in Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation. This course focuses mainly on the systems analysis part of the systems development process and emphasizes SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle). Different system development strategies are examined within the broader context of identifying and understanding the detailed stages the make up the systems analysis process. Students will learn how to a perform feasibility analysis, and to create a system proposal. Fact finding techniques used to determine system requirements will be identified and studied. Standard graphical modeling tools used in systems analysis will be covered: process modeling with data flow diagrams; data modeling with entity relationship diagrams; and object-oriented modeling using UML. The basic activities of project management are examined. Students will be assigned a systems development project case with concrete milestones, enabling the practical application of concepts presented in the course. This is a lab intensive course.
Prerequisites:
IT-201, IT-315, and IT-330 Senior prereg status
IT-420: Advanced Information Systems Implementation
This is the second part of the Capstone course for IT majors. The student groups will implement and document the systems project designed in IT 415 using an appropriate computer programming language or database management system. The instructor and students critique all projects weekly. Offered every year.
Prerequisites:
CIS-415 or IT-415
IT-489: Information Technology Portfolio Planning
This course represents the integration of previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program. Students will present a portfolio containing a collection of performance-based artifacts combined with metacognitive reflection and a professional statement of purpose that reflects their ability to make globally, socially, and ethically responsible information technology and systems decisions that are in line with legal and organizational policy requirements. The course will be structured around this critical task so that students have the appropriate support and resources required to be successful. The course culminates in a finished digital portfolio designed to be accessible via the Internet.
MAT-140: Precalculus
This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions.
OL-125: Human Relations in Administration
The human relations skills that managers need to develop interaction skills that contribute directly to effective human resource management and the development of higher productivity are studied. Skill areas include leadership, motivation, communications, group dynamics, organizational development, management by objectives, and stress and time management. Students learn techniques for becoming more effective managers, subordinates, peers and persons. Students are introduced to the international aspects of human relations.
OL-328: Leadership
This course examines leadership as an inter-personal and intra-organizational phenomenon with an emphasis on student leadership development. It includes leadership assessment, leadership development, the leadership process, the contagious nature of leadership, leadership and productivity, motivation, and effective leadership styles and theories. An international perspective is included. Current readings, research, simulations and exercises are used. Offered every year. Team intensive course.
Prerequisites:
ADB-125 or OL-125

Core Credits: 57

Game Design and Development Concentration Courses

GAM-211: Interactive Animation
This course focuses on programming capabilities to enhance graphic animations and user interfaces to provide spectacular interactive results. Those benefiting from this course include students in game development, advertising, marketing, education, web development, art and other fields that can benefit from interactive animated graphics helping to convey concepts. The course is intended for those with no programming experience as well as those with some programming background. The use and creation of animations will be covered at a level of interest to both those new as well as experienced. The results can be displayed by a browser from the internet or as standalone results displayable on a range of operating systems. This is a hands on computer based course in which the students create a number of individual projects based on their interests and capabilities, focusing on creativity and programming aspects of interactive animation. The course utilizes emerging technologies in interactive animation.
IT-207: Information Technology and Digital Games
Introduction to digital games and information technology covers game genres and platforms, interface design, game implementation, artificial intelligence, business economics of the game industry, game marketing and design, e-collaboration, and e-commerce. Students learn how to use software packages to design and implement digital games and how to use the Internet to market and distribute digital games. The course includes a project which will culminate in the conception, design, and prototype of an original digital game. The course is designed for students who have an interest in IT and games, including original game concepts, design and implementation, and executive leadership in the game industry. Knowledge of computer programming is not required.
Prerequisites:
IT-100
IT-303: Design of Virtual Game Environments
This core topic addresses the fundamental ideas behind the design of electronic games as virtual environments. It touches on relevant formal fields such as systems theory, cybernetics, and game theory. Included are basics of interactive design, including interface design, information design and human-computer interaction. Emphasis is placed on how virtual game environments function to create experiences, including rule design, play mechanics, game balancing, social game interaction and the integration of visual, audio, tactile and textual elements into the total virtual game environment experience. Game documentation and play-testing are also covered.
Prerequisites:
IT-207 or GAM-207
IT-305: Digital Game Development
To provide a technically well-founded introduction to game development using programming languages and various gaming editors. On completing this course, the student will have acquired a fundamental understanding of the Windows API, the use of sprites, animation and audio in an integrated game environment.
Prerequisites:
IT-207 or GAM-207 or permission of instructor

Concentration Credits: 12

Free Elective Credits: 6

Total Credits: 120

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