Module details for Tools Programming


This module develops a critical understanding of the principles, practices and techniques in tool development. Students will develop and evaluate software tools with particular emphasis on tools addressing the needs of the game industry.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with: the ability to design, develop and critically evaluate tools for pipelines specific to the games industry.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Assess, select and critically evaluate platforms and methodologies for tool development

2.  Describe and utilise databases, 3D models and bespoke assets as part of tool development.

3.  Critically evaluate and synthesise workable user interactions as part of tool development.

4.  Design, develop and critically evaluate a tool application designed to operate on game pipeline data.

Indicative Content

1 Background to Tool development

Review of games development tools with a particular emphasis on real world examples and applications

2 Legacy Codebases

Review of working practices and techniques associated with dealing with Legacy code in tools.

3 Databases

Review of databases relevant to games and how they are interfaced with tools.

4 Tool Design

Aspects of producing a tool fit for purpose and functional for the user. The importance of proper user centric design.

5 Application programming

Review of platforms, API’s, languages and processes to build tool applications with industry examples.

6 Software Engineering Practices:

Review and application of established software engineering practices.

7 Tool Creation

Bringing aspects of 3D graphics, data management and user experience together to make a cohesive and functional tool.

8 Code Review

Practices of Code review and team discussion on programming.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 24
Assessment 60
Independent 104
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.