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Challenges for accessible computing for people with functional diversity

Master in Software and Systems, PhD in Software and Systems & European Master on Software Engineering

Facultad de Informática. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


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This module is aimed at providing specialized knowledge on accessibility for people with functional diversity (people with disabilities) to ICT, emphasizing current research trends in this discipline.

The module will introduce basic concepts related to ICT accessibility: functional diversity, design for all, legislation, standards and conformity assessment of the accessibility of ICT products and services.

Afterwards, the students will analyze current research trends in three main areas: methods, techniques and tools for accessibility conformity assessment; application of user centred design and design for all in development methodologies; new ICT accessibility standards.



  1. Functional diversity, accessibility and design for all.
    1. Introduction.
    2. Functional diversity.
    3. Assistive products for ICT.
    4. Design for all.
  2. ICT accessibility standards.
    1. Introduction to standards.
    2. Relevant ICT accessibility standards.
    3. Deeper study of one accessibility standard.
    4. Conformity assessment.
  3. User centred design.
    1. Introduction to user centred design.
  4. State of the art in ICT accessibility.
    1. State of the art and future trends.

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The assessment of this module is divided into two parts: theory and practice. Both parts have to be passed in order to pass the module. The grades obtained in theory and practice are combined as described below.


The theoretical part of the module contains two different assessments. First, there will be two test-based assessments. Second, there is going to be assessment of the performance of the collaborative learning sessions that will be part of the study of accessibility standards.

The tests will cover the following lessons:

Practical work

The practical work consists of 3 exercises:

All the exercises are individual.

Assessment procedure

The module will be assessed in a scale of 10 points, divided into 3 points for the theory (2 points for tests and 1 point for collaborative learning) and 7 points for the practical exercises.

To pass the complete module it will be necessary to obtain a minimum of 1 point in theory, 3 points in the exercises and 5 points in the addition of theory and practice.

All the practical exercises are mandatory and will be graded according to the following weights:

Exercise Grade weight (over 7 points)
1. Change proposals for an accessibility standard. 1.5
2. Accessibility assessment. 2.0
3. State of the art on one topic related to ICT accessibility (written work and classroom presentation). 3.5

The dates for the publication of grades and the ulterior exam revision will be notified as part of the corresponding exam. The exam revision will be made based on prior enquiries made by the students.

In the extraordinary evaluation period (July) the theory tests will be repeated and the pending exercises can be delivered again. Neither the participation in collaborative learning nor the classroom presentation of exercise 3 will be re-assessed, so the grades received previously will be reused.