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TDA572 - Game engine architecture  
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPIDE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Main field of study: Computer Science and Engineering, Software Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 23115
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A+
Maximum participants: 45

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Michael Heron

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

To be eligible for this course, students must have successfully completed the course TDA361 Computer Graphics, 7.5 credits, or equivalent.


The course aims to give an understanding of components in modern interactive simulation engines.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Describe the typical structure of game engines and interactive simulations, and the requirements of specific parts of such engines 
  • Describe what public libraries and programs can be combined with existing game engines to provide the required functionality of a game engine
  • Extend existing game engines to augment functionality while maintaining stability and having predictable consequences on resource use 
  • Present extensions of a game engine through a demonstrator at a public presentation
  • Analyze existing game engines to determine functionality and extendibility 
  • Plan several parallel extensions of a game engine while minimizing dependencies 


The modeling and implementation of the fundamental components of game engines and interactive simulations is the core of the Game Architecture Engine course. The course focuses mainly upon 3 dimensional systems although other types of game engines and simulation are mentioned. The visual components of these systems are central for the course but other important areas such as networking, artificial intelligence and physics simulations are covered by the course.


The course is based around a series of exercises and a project within the subject area which is complemented with lectures and workshops. Work in the project is supervised with the aim of giving practical training in the development of frameworks for game engines and interactive simulations.


See separate literature list.

Examination including compulsory elements

The course is graded by an individual report and an oral presentation. Presence at the public final presentation is also required to pass.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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