MIS41000 Games and Play in a Digital World

Academic Year 2019/2020

Game Thinking provides a theoretical foundation and practical knowledge for aspiring designers, entrepreneurs, managers, and industry specialists to employ game thinking, game theories and gamification; to interpret and design engaging innovations.

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Learning Outcomes:

Gain an understanding of the history and current developments in the game perspective. Develop a critical understanding of the philosophy, theory and concepts of games & play. Apply this understanding to organisations, markets, systems and technology design. Communicate the subtle and complex impacts that arise in contemporary organisations, industry, and society. To have researched and employed game thinking for product and service innovation, considering the wider social impacts of value, ethics, engagement and impact of digital society.

Indicative Module Content:

Study the philosophy and theory of games and play. Apply principles from game design and gamification.
Employ cultural theory to interpret play, game thinking, traditional game theory, and gamification.
Apply and develop game-like features for service design, and engagement for general use.

Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Coursework Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Professor Donncha Kavanagh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Stefan Klein Subject Extern Examiner

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