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Player Experiences in Digital Games - COM00190M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Alena Denisova
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Related modules

Prerequisite knowledge in user-research methods. For MSc students this is covered through the module COM00179M IDEV.

For MEng students this is covered through the Human-Computer Interaction module (HCIN - COM00018C).


Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of player experience and the different ways in which games can impact players. In addition to learning about what player experience is and how to evaluate it, the module will also cover the effects of games on players (e.g. in relation to wellbeing) and the use of games for applied purposes (e.g. behaviour change).

Module learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the breadth of player experience

  2. Select appropriate methods for evaluating different kinds of player experience

  3. Conduct playtesting sessions and report on the findings

  4. Critically discuss the different ways in which digital games can affect players

  5. Plan appropriate evaluations for applied games


Task Length % of module mark
Individual Report
N/A 60
Group Report
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Individual Report Reassessment
N/A 60
Reflection on Group Report - Reassessment
N/A 40

Module feedback

Feedback is provided throughout the sessions, and after the assessment as per normal University guidelines.

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