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COMP6219 Designing Usable and Accessible Technologies

Module Overview

- To explore the relationship between accessibility, usability and user experience. - To understand the role of Assistive Technologies in achieving universal design. - To prepare students to engage in research and development in accessibility, usability and user experience.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To introduce the design of usable and accessible technologies

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Definitions of Usability and User Experience
  • Models of disability
  • Definitions of Assistive Technology and Universal Design
  • Current research in assistive technology and universal design
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The interdisciplinary approach to design, research, evaluation
  • Assessment for assistive technology and universal design


- Usability and User Experience - Case for universal design (Business, Legislation, Moral, self interest) - Models of disability - Ethical research issues - Assistive Technologies and Universal Design - Accessibility and Usability Standards - Assistive Technology Assessment and Evaluation - Involving users in research design and evaluation - Research in assistive technologies and universal design

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice28
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Follow-up work12
Completion of assessment task62
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Rogers, Y., Sharp, H. & Preece, J (2014). Interaction Design. 

Online Materials.

Scherer, M. J (2005). Living in the State of Stuck: How Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities. 

Krug, S (2013). Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (Voices That Matter).. 

Jonathan Hassell (2014). Including your missing 20% by embedding web and mobile accessibility. 

Pickering, H (2016). Inclusive Design Patterns. Coding Accessibility Into Web Design. 

Raluca Budiu and Jakob Nielsen (2012). Mobile Usability. 

Cook, A. M. & Polgar, J. M. (2015). Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice. 

Connor, J.O (2012). Pro HTML5 Accessibility. 

Horton, S & Queensbury, W (2014). A Web for Everyone Designing Accessible User Experiences. 

Online Materials.

Online Materials.

Wendt, O (2011). Assistive technology: Principles and applications for communication disorders and special education. 

Online Materials.



MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 10%
Report 70%
Website 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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