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Computer Simulations and Interactive Media

Computer Simulations and Interactive Media is a course on design and prototyping. This course will introduce students to the concepts of web app development, game design, and artificial intelligence through basic programming and mathematics. The course will provide a general overview of simulations, interactivity, and prototyping, with emphasis on culture, history, real world practices, and applications. Students will journal their explorations, develop and build a final team project, and present their projects via live demo. After the course, each student will have their own online design and programming portfolio.

Instructor: Sherol Chen

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  • Meeting Time: 9 am - 11:30 am MTWRF
  • Class Room: 200-205 Main Quad

Teaching Assistants

Texts and Materials

Course Topics

Topics and Schedule are subject to change

Lecture Assignment Reading
Mon Introduction and Setup Wordpress and Github signup, JS Math Quiz Cookbook ch 1
Tue History and Foundations of Computing JS Interactive Fiction Cookbook ch 2
Wed Datatypes and Data Structures Twine IF, JS Mole Game Cookbook ch 3
Thr Algorithms and AI Processing.js, JS Tile Game Turing Paper, Cookbook ch 4
Fri Guest Speaker, OOP, and Graphics Processing Sorting, JS Platformer Design Book, Cookbook ch 5
Mon Web Design Processing Sorting, JS Fighter Gates Letter, Cookbook ch 6
Tue Graphs and TSP Processing TSP, JS Shooter Cookbook ch 7
Wed Field Trip: Exploratorium Field Trip: Exploratorium
Thr Logic and Game Theory Processing A*, JS FPS Cookbook ch 8
Fri Arduino and Circuits Arduino
Mon Game Design and Game Studies Processing Tic Tac Toe, JS RPG Cookbook ch 9
Tue Cellular Automata Guest Speaker, Final Projects
Wed Field Trip: Computer History Museum Final Project
Thr Final Project Presentations Final Project Presentations


Week 1

  • Day 1 - Prime Numbers, Permutations, Combinations, Internet, Networks, Github, Wordpress, Command-Line Arguments, Domain Name, DNS, Hosting, Sieve of Eratosthenes, Top Level Domain, Client Side, Server Side
  • Day 2 - History, Bit Manipulation, Base Conversion, Parameters, Functions, Assembler, Microprocessor, Microcontroller, IDE, Variables, For-Loop, Game-Loop/Draw-Loop, Machine Language, Boolean, Hexadecimal, Octal
  • Day 3 - Data Structures, Datatypes, Finite State Machines, Logic Error, Syntax Error, Interactive Fiction, Twine, Arrays, Linked Lists, Stacks, Queues, Binary Trees, Bits/Bytes, Typed Language, Dynamically Typed Language, Selection Sort, Bubble Sort, Insertion Sort, Truth Tables
  • Day 4 - Turing, AI, Algorithms, Believability, Big O, Processing.js, Networking, Servers, Turing Test, Eliza Effect, Binary Search, Animations, Binary Search Trees, Loebner, Computer Graphics, Web Apps, Canvas
  • Day 5 - Object Oriented Programming, Game Design, Design Docs, Classes, Constructor, Methods, Swap Function, Nested For-Loops, if-else

Week 2

  • Day 6 - OOP, Constructor, Data Members, Methods, Classes, Objects, FSM, Nested For-Loops, Prototyping, Cascading Style Sheets, HTML, NLG/NLP
  • Day 7 - Graph Theory, Edges, Vertices, States, Adjacency Matrix, Path Finding, Shortest Path, Traveling Sales Person, Depth First Search, Breadth First Search, Directed/Undirected Graph, Weighted/Unweighted Graph
  • Day 8 - Field Trip
  • Day 9 - A*, Abstraction, Polymorphism, Inheritance, Encapsulation, (Imperative/Functional/Declarative), Fully Connected Graph, Heuristic, Prisoners Dilemma, Bayes Rule, Abstraction, Polymorphism, Inheritance, Encapsulation, Nash Equilibrium
  • Day 10 - Arduino, Circuits, and Logic, DeMorgans Law, Implication, And Gates, Or Gates, Analog, Digital, Monty Hall, Probabilities, Information Conformity

Week 3

  • Day 11 - Cellular Automata, Game Design, Ludus, Paida, Narrative, Narratology vs Ludology debate, Math Genealogy Project, Instantial, Procedural, Affordances, Agency, GDC, Game AI, Unity, Alternate Reality Game, Procedural Content Generation
  • Day 12 - Guest Speaker
  • Day 13 - Field Trip
  • Day 14 - Final Projects


Research Journals

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