Non-Excluding Design and Evaluation

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MD033

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computer Science A1F, Human-Computer Interaction A1F, Technology A1F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

120 credits including 60 credits in science/engineering/information systems. 15 credits at Master's level in human-computer interaction. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with knowledge, aimed at work in practise, about how to design and evaluate technology (especially information technology) from the perspective of impairments and disability.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the principles that are the basis for inclusive design, universal design and accessibility,
  • account for the most common concepts within the area of disability research, and the distinctions that are involved in those concepts,
  • analyse an application from the perspective of disability studies, and also apply the tools that are provided during the course,
  • evaluate information systems, as well as physical systems and artefacts, from a combined usability and accessibility perspective,
  • delimit, plan and execute a project within the area of accessibility by analysing an unsolved, relevant problem; subdivide it into smaller problems, and identify and select solutions to these,
  • identify the need for deeper knowledge within the field and independently find, evaluate, and apply scientific and technical information to reach the project goals,
  • demonstrate a working solution to a relevant accessibility problem,
  • account for requisites, argue for the chosen methods, discuss the relevancy of the work and how it relates to existing work within the field, and present results, orally and in writing, in English.


Basic knowledge about impairments and disabilities. Various types of impairments respective disabilities. Standardisation. Accessibility vs. Universal resp. Inclusive Design. Web accessibility. Disability in a social perspective, the perception of self. Technology as a support for the perception of self. Inclusive design of user interfaces. Tools for the analysis of accessibility in user interfaces. Design patterns for accessibility. Usability and accessibility in information systems.


Lectures, literature seminars, project, and individual assignments.


Written and oral in groups presentation of project (10 credits).

Individual assignments and active participation in literature seminars (5 credits).

Individual oral examination for higher grades.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The students plan and execute a project, individually or in groups of up to three students.

Transitional provisions

This course is a replacement for the course 1MD027 Universal Design and Evaluation