HCI 511 Accessibility and Design for Diverse Users

Cynthia Putnam

Office: CDM 736
Fall 2020-2021
Class number: 10278
Section number: 701
M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus


In HCI 511, students focus on technologies and diverse end users. Specifically, in this class students will: (a) examine how technology currently addresses the needs of users with physical or cognitive limitations and people who are elderly; and (b) consider new technologies or modifications to existing technologies that might better address these users' needs.
Learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about the concepts surrounding inclusive design, e.g., assistive technologies, universal design and usability, and ability-based design
  • Communicate about the needs of diverse users, including people with physical and/or cognitive limitations and people who are elderly
  • Articulate some of the challenges of designing technology for the needs of users with physical and cognitive limitations and people who are elderly.
  • Analyze web pages for current standards of accessibility.



  • You will be required to rent or buy one to two movies (more details in class).
    Remaining readings will be available in the content area of D2L.

    • Connor, J. O. (2012). Pro HTML 5 Accessibility.
    • Stephanidis, S. (2011) The Universal Access Handbook (Human Factors and Ergonomics).


94 - 100 A
90 - 93 A-
88 - 89 B+
82 - 87 B
80 - 81 B-
78 - 79 C+
72 - 77 C
70 - 71 C-
68 - 69 D+
60 - 67 D


HCI 445

Week by week schedule

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296