• Advanced Game Design


    Mr. Zendt - Lab Room C133
    Email: jzendt@alvinisd.net
    Tutoring: Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:00 & Thursday 3:00pm – 4:00 or by appointment.


    To be successful in my (and any) class, students must be able to:
    • Complete all work (even if not collected for a grade).
    • Study outside of class.
    • Ask for help when stuck.
    • Bring an open mind and try new things.
    • Work independently and in groups.
    • Participate in all Classroom Activities


    Course Materials
    Each student is required to bring:
    Flash Drive with one gigabyte (1 GB) free.  USB 2.0 or 3.0 (3.0 is preferred).
    Pencils or Mechanical Pencils for Notes and Written Assignments.


    The Binder
    You will receive quite a few handouts of programming references and take a reasonable amount of notes. Organization is a major key to success in this class. So here's how I recommend setting up your class binder:
    Reference: Function Reference Cards
    Notes: Notes taken in class
    Tests: Tests and Quizzes


    Software used in class (in order of use):
    Greenfoot: www.greenfoot.org
    Eclipse: http://www.eclipse.org/
    Microsoft Visual Studio: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-community-vs.aspx
    GameMaker Studio: http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker
    Unity 3d: http://www.unity3d.com/


    All programming assignments will be turned in via assignment upload on Google Classroom.

    Some homework assignments will REQUIRE the use of a computer at home.  Most of the software used in this class is compatible with both PC and MAC, is completely free to use, and is clean of any malware.  Only download from the links that I have provided.  (MS Visual Studio is PC-only, so projects will be in-class focused for that unit.)

    Remember students have access to the Internet and a printer through the Manvel High School library.


    Grading is based on the District AP Level 70% Major / 30% Minor grading weights.

    Minor Programs/Homework (Minor): We will have a few labs without rubrics to practice concepts and the rare worksheet.  These assignments are graded on completion.

    Project Checkpoints/Quizzes (Minor, 2x): As a project heavy class, keeping on schedule is an important job for students.  When we have a multi-week project, there will be progress checkpoints to make sure students are staying on task and making progerss.

    Tests and Projects (Major): This is usually large projects, graded on a rubric.  If we take a test it'd have the same weight as a major project.  Late projects will have a scoring cap of 80pts.

    A note about assistance from peers: you may ask others for help on an assignment, but copying of another student's program (or small sections of) is NOT allowed and will be considered cheating/plagiarism. Changing variable names does not count as original work. Ask HOW they solved the problem, not WHAT is the solution. If you are helped by another student, please include them as a "with help from" in your program header!


    Google Classroom
    I will use Google Classroom as the primary means of assignment submission and grading. Please create an account (if you haven't already) and join my class. I will check Google Classroom during most evenings, so if you ever have any trouble with an assignment, post a question and myself or another student will try to answer. I will stop checking around 8pm-9pm, so don't post at midnight expecting an answer!