IDG2012 - Web Accessibility, Usability and Ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Individual project
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Individual project 100/100

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.


  • Core concepts such as human-computer interaction, interaction design, user experience, and usability
  • Universal design, inclusive design, and basics of web accessibility
  • Disabilities and impairments
  • Web accessibility guidelines (e.g., WCAG, ATAC, UAAG), international standards, laws, and regulations
  • Assistive technologies and adaptive strategies
  • Usability evaluation
  • Accessibility evaluation
  • Designing and developing accessible websites

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 by multiple users
  • 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 and develop 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

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory work with computers
  • Guest(s) lectures

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

Compulsory assignments

  • C ompulsory assignment 1
  • Compulsory assignment 2
  • Compulsory assignment 3
  • Compulsory assignment 4

Further on evaluation

Compulsory deliveries

Four compulsory assignments (approved/not approved) spread through the semester.

Course evaluation

Individual project work (100%).

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

Specific conditions

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).

  • IDG1292 Web coding (or IMT1292)

Course materials

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

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Individual project

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Individual project 100/100





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