ADTS3100 Universal Design Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Universell utforming av IKT
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i ingeniørfag - data / Bachelorstudium i informasjonsteknologi / Bachelorstudium i anvendt datateknologi
Year of study
FALL 2022
Course history


In today’s society, more and more public and private services are digitalised. Developing ICT solutions that everyone can use will therefore be important in order to ensure equal opportunities for participation in society. This course will teach students how to plan, design, evaluate and test ICT solutions in accordance with principles of universal accessibility. Key topics include different physical and cognitive challenges, demographics and cultural diversity in society, and how to design universally designed ICT solutions together with the users. Norwegian and international legislation relating to inclusion of all user groups in society will also be addressed.

Recommended preliminary courses

The course builds on the following courses: ADTS1600 Prototyping and ADSE2100 Human Computer Interaction.

Required preliminary courses

No requirements over and above the admission requirements.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student is capable of:

  • planning the development of useful and user-friendly systems, including system descriptions, product development, testing/evaluation and user participation
  • fresh and creative thinking relating to the development of universal ICT systems
  • giving an account of the contents of national and international legislation and recommended guidelines for the universal design of ICT


The student is capable of:

  • evaluating the usefulness of user interfaces, websites and web applications
  • creating user-friendly, universally designed ICT solutions
  • creating universally designed documents

General competence

The student:

  • understands the difference between universal design and assistive technology, and is capable of disseminating knowledge about universal design
  • understands that people are different, and that diversity must be taken into account in the planning and development of information and communication technology
  • is capable of identifying barriers that different people can encounter in connection with ICT systems and of finding solutions to such challenges

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and supervision. The students work in groups. The groups normally comprise 3 to 4 students.

Course requirements



Portfolio assessment subject to the following requirements:

  • one individual assignment.
  • one project assignment in groups (usually 3-5 students)

Total folder size as described in the assignment.

The exam result can be appealed. 

In the event of resit and rescheduled exams, another exam form may also be used or a new assignment given with a new deadline. If oral exams are used, the result cannot be appealed.

Permitted exam materials and equipment


Grading scale



One internal examiner. External examiners are used regularly.