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Fordham College at Lincoln Center
Dept. of Computer and Info. Sciences
CISC 2540 -- Intro to Video Game Design
Prof. Robert K. Moniot
During this semester, each student in this class is expected to
for term papers
Each student will also give an in-class presentation on the same topic
as either the midterm paper or the final paper. Thus you only need to
research two topics. For each paper, students must submit first a
proposal or outline, then a first draft, and finally the finished
paper. The proposal should be about a page long, describing your
topic and the thesis you will argue in the paper, with an indication
of the research you have done initially. The first draft should be at
least 2/3 the final length and contain some citations to sources.
- a midterm paper, 6 1/2-9 pages (2000-2700 words) in length
- a final term paper, 8 1/2-11 pages (2500-3300 words) in length
The in-class presentations by different students must all be on
different topics. Your term paper topic other than your presentation
topic can be the same as another student's topic. When deciding what
topic to choose for your presentation, consult the
schedule of presentations
posted on the
class web page to find out what topics have already been taken.
The term papers must be of academic quality, based on at least some
research and including critical analysis. For instance, a game review
should not be based solely on opinion, like those found on IGN, but
should relate the good or bad qualities of the game to fundamental
principles of game design and explore the cultural context of the
game. References must be provided for all sources consulted. See the
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers or similar work for
guidelines on proper citation style.
- Sep. 19:
- Proposal for midterm paper due.
- Oct. 3:
- First draft of midterm paper due.
- Oct. 17:
- Midterm paper due.
- Oct. 28:
- Proposal for presentation due.
- Nov. 14:
- Proposal for final term paper due.
- Nov. 25:
- First draft of final term paper due.
- Dec. 11:
- Final term paper due.