HDS734 - Inclusive Design and Technology


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly 90 minute online seminars.


Innovative technologies and designs play an essential role in building an inclusive society. This unit will challenge students to consider what is possible in inclusive technology and design, with a specific focus on people with disability. In this unit, students will explore how assistive and mainstream technologies are designed, appraised, hacked and implemented to produce meaningful inclusion outcomes. The unit will address how people with disability use and experience mainstream technologies, and will also introduce students to a range of specialized assistive technologies including augmentative and alternative communication, computer access, environmental modifications, and wheeled mobility.

Using a problem-based learning approach, students will develop broad knowledge of design theories such as Universal Design, Inclusive Design, and Design Thinking. They will also develop techniques for consulting and co-designing with diverse populations. The practical tasks in the unit will guide students as they design and prototype a tailored technology solution for an individual with disability.