Universal Design
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Universaalne disain
Course title in English
Universal Design
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To provide the student with a critical understanding of design for all principles and the latest practices with respect to a range of current and novel ICT solutions.
To provide the student with a real world understanding of the complex needs of older and disabled people when using ICT and people who use assistive technologies.
Brief description of the course
The course covers the following topics:
Key principles of universal design;
National and international level guidelines of best practice, standards and recommendations (as applied);
User diversity;
Knowledge of stakeholders (marketing, software developers, designers, engineers);
Research paradigms (e.g. participatory design, inclusive design).
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- understands how Design for All (‘DfA’) can be applied as an enabler of accessibility and participation in the information society;
- demonstrates an understanding of the concepts of web accessibility and the role of web authoring tools and user agents in relation to the needs of people with and without disabilities, including users of assistive technologies, ageing, people with cognitive impairments or levels of literacy;
- can critically examine current national, EU and international issues of eInclusion including economic and social issues and the legal framework of web accessibility;
- can demonstrate a critical appreciation of the appropriate use of established accessibility guidelines, automated testing, and expert and live user testing in the design and evaluation of accessible websites, and methods of reporting results to different addressees e.g. to managers or designers;
- can demonstrate an understanding of the practical and ethical issues of working with vulnerable groups of users.
Vladimir Tomberg