Introduction to Research in Serious Games and Gamification
Study plans 2016-2017 - IMT4307 - 7.5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

After successfully completing the program, the students:


  • Possess advanced knowledge of the development process for Serious Games.
  • Possess the knowledge needed to be capable of adding game mechanics to novel health and education problems.
  • Possess specialized insight and good understanding of the current state of the art research in Serious Games with an emphasis on Games for Health and Games for Education
  • Possess thorough knowledge of the different methodologies for research in the Health and Education sector, as it relates to using games
  • Possess thorough knowledge of game evaluation methodologies and game metrics.


  • Are able to generate high quality questions focused on the use of games and their impact on the player
  • Are able to inquire into the specifics of a research publication and evaluate the quality of the research work
  • Are able to analyze existing theories and methods for teaching and engagement and challenge established practice in using game to motivate change.
  • Are able to analyze the role of games in both education and health in relation to society
  • Are able to critically review literature from the field of serious games when solving new or complex problems

General competence

  • Use questions as a means to analyze research and development project.
  • Improvement in the quality of questioning and question sequences.
  • Are able to analyze ethical issues related to the use of technology and specifically games in non entertainment areas.
  • Are able to communicate academic issues, analyses, and conclusions, with specialists in the field and to the public, orally
  • Are able to contribute to innovative thinking and innovation processes


  • Games and game development foundations
    • Game mechanics
    • Immersion
    • Motivation and Self Determination Theory
    • Gaming environments/platforms/platform capabilities (I/O-devices, HW architecture, SDKs, ...),
    • Game Design
    • Game Development
    • Game Engines
  • Gamification of existing activities
  • Alignment between game actions and desired actions
  • Taxonomy of serious games
  • Game metrics for player evaluation
  • Ethics related to using games to alter educational and medical outcomes
  • Games for Training and Education
  • Games for Health
  • Games for Science

Teaching Methods

Net Support Learning

Teaching Methods (additional text)

In the spring semester, the course will be offered both as an ordinary campus course and as a course that is offered in a flexible way to off-campus students. Lecture notes, e-lectures and other types of e-learning material will be offered online. Communication between the teachers and the students, and among the students, will be facilitated by the slack, git, and project management tools.

Form(s) of Assessment

Portfolio Assessment

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

There will be a single grade for the course based on the evaluation of a project with oral presentations and questioning.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal and/or external examiner

Re-sit examination

No re-sit examination.

Coursework Requirements

Students need to present research papers and participate in reflection activities during seminars. Off-campus students need to record presentations and share their reflections in off-line forms.

Teaching Materials

Notes, handouts and research papers. Details will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Additional information

The course will run for the first time in 2017.