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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2015–2016
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IGR Introduction to Game Research (UTA Summer School) 5 ECTS
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Informaatiotutkimuksen ja interaktiivisen median tutkinto-ohjelma
School of Information Sciences

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student is expected to

- understand the key concepts of games as formal systems
acknowledge the various game types and genres
- understand the key concepts of game usability, playability and game user experience
- acknowledge the basics of game design, prototyping, evaluation, and playtesting and evaluation methods

General description

Introduction to Game Research (IGR) takes both theoretical and practical look on games. Although the course focuses on video games, the concepts and methods learned during the course can be applied to any kind of games. The course has three major themes for the seven lectures:

  1. Games as formal systems, game types and different game genres
  2. Usability and playability of games, game user experience
  3. Game design, prototyping, playtesting, and evaluation methods


0 – 300 euros
For exchange and degree students of University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology (academic year 2015-2016) courses are free of charge. Course fees for students not registered at the University of Tampere (or at the Tampere University of Technology) for the academic year 2015-2016. Further information: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/summer_school/fees.html.


Janne Paavilainen, Teacher responsible

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10-Aug-2015 – 18-Aug-2015

Further information

The course is part of University of Tampere Summer School 2015. 
Please see the teaching timetable and lecture rooms (PDF) at:http://www.uta.fi/admissions/summer_school/courses.html