2012-2013 Catalog 
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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science - Computer Game Development Certificate

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PGM Code – 504C

Program Description The electronic entertainment industry has become one of the largest and fastest industries in the U.S. and has a large representation in the Puget Sound area. The Computer Game Development Certificate is designed for people who wish to gain basic skills which will assist them in the development of software for computer graphics, multimedia, and games, and for employment in the electronic entertainment industry. The curriculum includes general programming courses in C/C++, and specialized courses aimed at the design, development, and testing of Windows based games using commercial development tools.

Prerequisites ART 225  and ENGL 100  or ACCUPLACER placement with a combined minimum GPA of 2.5 or permission of the Department of Computer Science is required for admission into the certificate program. MATH& 141  or its equivalent is recommended.

Common Course Numbering  Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Credit/Grade Requirements The Computer Game Development Certificate is awarded upon the completion of 63-66 credits of General Education and Program Requirements as outlined. A minimum of 30 credits or one-third, whichever is less, of the required credits must have been received from Edmonds Community College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses as well as a minimum grade point average of 3.0 within the program requirements.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning degrees and certificates of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement. CD classes appear in the class listings section of the quarterly schedule.

Students pursuing an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree must take at least five (5) credits of CD courses. Courses that satisfy the CD requirement address at least two of the three areas below:

  • Knowledge of culture and its influence on individuals and groups in our society
  • Awareness of attitudes and values regarding life in a multicultural society
  • Skills to recognize, analyze, and evaluate multicultural perspectives and issues

Students Are Advised To

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • Communicate with a faculty adviser.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Forms are available online or at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall. Note applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

College Resources
College Website | www.edcc.edu
How to Enroll | www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer Center | www.edcc.edu/transfer
College Bookstore | www.edcc.edu/bookstore
Advising Appointments | 425.640.1458

Program Contact Information
gamedev@edcc.edu | 425.640.1902

Department Websites
Computer Science | www.edcc.edu/cs
Game Development | www.edcc.edu/gamedev

Gainful Employment
Gainful employment information  is available for this program.

Advising Note

This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

On Campus Track

I. General Education Requirements (16 credits)

A. Communications Skills (5 credits)

 Choose one of the following:

B. Computation/Quantitative Skills (5 credits)

C. Career Management (1-3 credits)

Cultural Diversity

 _____ Cultural Diversity Requirement met.

II. Program Requirements (50 credits)

C. Substitution Note

*CS& 141 , CS 142 , and CS 143  may be substituted for CS& 131 , CS 132 , and CS 133  with departmental permission.

Online Track

I. General Education Requirements (18 credits)

A. Communications Skills (5 credits)

 Choose one of the following:

B. Computation/Quantitative Skills (5 credits)

C. Career Management (3 credits)

Cultural Diversity

 _____ Cultural Diversity Requirement met.

II. Program Requirements (45 credits)

A. Core requirements (20 credits)

General Education/Related Instruction Requirements Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate General Education/Related Instruction Learning Outcomes in each of the following areas:

Communication Skills: Write in clear, effective ways, adapted to audience, context, and purpose.
Quantitative Skills: Apply mathematical, quantitative or symbolic models to solve problems, draw inferences, or support conclusions appropriate to an individual discipline.
Human Relations/Group Interaction: Identify and explain how to apply the skills needed to maintain effective working relationships in multicultural settings.
Cultural Diversity: Apply multiple perspectives when examining cultural differences and interacting in multicultural settings.

Program Requirements Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Program Requirements for this degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate programming skills characteristic of an entry level commercial game programmer.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with other members of a game programming team.
  • Utilize math and physics concepts in the production of a video game.
  • Design, implement and test both a 2D and 3D video game.
  • Career Management: Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities, prepare an effective employment package, and present oneself positively in a job interview.

Program Electives Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate the following Learning Outcome from Program Elective courses:

Demonstrate a breadth or depth of knowledge and skill, according to the students’ independent selection of degree elective courses or according to the program’s specialized areas of focus.


Adviser’s Signature and Date

Dean’s Signature and Date

Eff: summer 2012  |  Rev: 06/12

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