Master in Software and Systems

Challenges of Accessible Computing for People with Functional Diversity

Profesor (Coordinador):
José Luis Fuertes
Loïc Martínez


First semester




This module provides a specialization about the accessibility of information and communication technologies (ICT) for persons with functional diversity (disability). It is mainly focused on current research issues in the field.

The module will start with an introduction to basic ICT accessibiltiy concepts: functional diversity, design for all, legislation, standards and the assessment of the accessibility degree of ICT products and services.

After that, the students will work on current challenges in the field, such as:

Learning Goals


  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 accesibility 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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Assessment Method

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 in the section on evaluation activities.


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 practical work consists of 3 exercises:

All the exercises are individual.

Assessment procedure

Continuous evaluation

The module will be assessed in a scale of 10 points, divided into 3 points for the theory 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.The weights of each part are indicated on this page.

Extraordinary evaluation period (July)

In the extraordinary evaluation period (July) the theory tests will be repeated and the pending exercises can be delivered again. The participation in collaborative learning will not be re-assessed, so the grades received previously will be reused.

The grades obtained will apply the same weights as described for continuous evaluation.

Non-continuous evaluation

In the case of non-continuous evaluation, there will be a theory exam and a classroom presentation of exercise 3 in week 17. The three exercises have to be delivered in the same time period as the one defined for continuous evaluation. The student will also have to attend the two collaborative sessions (jigsaw) described above.

The grades obtained will apply the same weights as described for continuous evaluation.

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This table shows the activity and the weight of each of these activities

Activity Weight
Test 1 10%
Test 2 10%
Jigsaw evaluation (discussion) 10%
Delivery of exercise 1 15%
Delivery of exercise 2 20%
Delivery of exercise 3 35%

Tuition language


Subject-Specific Competences

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This table shows the code, description and proficiency level for each subject-specific competence

Code Competence Proficiency Level
SSC1 Examination of the state of the art to identify research problems related to the design, construction, use and evaluation of complex software-intensive sociotechnical systems K
SSC9 Evaluation of the most innovative human-computer interaction technologies and critical appraisal of the contributions to related research problems S

Learning Outcomes

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This table shows the code, description and proficiency level for each subject learning outcome

Code Learning Outcome Associated competences Proficiency level
RA-EVI-5 Be familiar with assistive technologies and their interaction with ICT SSC1, SSC9 K
RA-EVI-6 Be familiar with the principles of design for all with respect to ICT SSC1, SSC9 K
RA-EVI-7 Use and define methods and tools for evaluating ICT product accessibility SSC1, SSC9 S
RA-EVI-8 Use and define methods and tools for user-centred design of accessible ICT products SSC1, SSC9 S
RA-EVI-9 Use ICT accessibilty technical standards and participate in their development SSC1, SSC9 S

Learning Guide

Subject learning guide for Challenges of Accessible Computing for People with Functional Diversity