IDG2012 - Web accessibility, usability and ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100 1 semesters ALLE

Course content

The students will examine a wide variety of issues related to the accessibility and the usability of Web interfaces. The students will also explore the ethical impact of various Web design techniques. The course is hands-on oriented: the students will apply the notions presented during the course to real-life Web interfaces provided by external companies or other partners of the NTNU.


  • Accessibility and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines);
  • Human-Computer Interaction; Interaction design approaches;
  • Usability and relevant standards;
  • Disabilities and inclusive design;
  • Techniques to increase the searchability of a Web resource;
  • Privacy and ethical considerations;
  • Legal frameworks;
  • Evaluation of user interfaces.

Learning outcome


After completing this course, the students will know

  • The key principles in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, accessibility and usability
  • The specific challenges of current devices (e.g. mobile phones, tablets)
  • Which guidelines and legal requirements exist for public Web interfaces.


  • After completing this course, the students will be able to:
  • Create Web interfaces that are accessible and usable from multiple devices;
  • Deal with aesthetics, usability, and ethical considerations simultaneously;
  • Evaluate the accessibility and usability of a Web interface;

General competence

After completing this course, the students will know how to:

  • Design Web interfaces that are accessible, usable and inclusive;
  • Discuss usability, accessibility and ethical issues with the owners of a Web resource;
  • Understand which accessibility-related legal regulations apply to a certain Web interface.

Learning methods and activities

Frontal lectures, laboratory work with computers, project work in groups, reports.

The course is manly based on independent work in groups, as well as regular supervision. In addition, some lectures will be given on topics relevant to the course project.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obl.arbeid: Gruppeinnlevering 1
  • Obl.arbeid: Gruppeinnlevering 2
  • Obl.arbeid: Gruppeinnlevering 3
  • Obl.arbeid: Gruppeinnlevering 4

Further on evaluation

Compulsory deliveries: 4 compulsory group assignments (approved/not approved) spread through the semester.

Course evaluation consists in an individual project report (pass/fail).

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Web Development (BWU)

Required previous knowledge

The course is reserved for students of the Bachelor in Web Development (BWU).

Course materials

The syllabus will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT2012 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Design Methodology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100 ALLE





Room Building Number of candidates
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