HCI 511 Accessibility Considerations in HCI

Cynthia Putnam

Office: CDM 736
Fall 2022-2023
Class number: 18645
Section number: 710
OLASY NCH00 Online Campus
Course homepage: see d2l


(Note the syllabus is password protected. You can find the user name and password up in d2l).

In HCI 511, you will focus on diverse end users and their technology-based needs and desires. Specifically, you will: (a) examine how technology currently addresses the needs/desires of users with physical and/or cognitive limitations including people who are elderly; and (b) consider new technologies and/or modifications to existing technologies that might better address these users' needs. In this REMOTE version of the course, we will also be considering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic for people with disabilities, and ideating how technology might mitigate some of those affects.

Learning Objectives: After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • 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/or people who have limitations because they are elderly.
  • Articulate challenges of designing technology for the needs of users with physical and cognitive limitations.
  • 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).
    • Movie: Through Deaf Eyes (2007)


94 - 100 A
90 - 93 A-
88 - 89 B+
84 - 87 B
80 - 83 B-
78 - 79 C+
74 - 77 C
70 - 73 C-


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.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

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