Certificate in Universal Design

Course Points
10
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
Mid-January 2020

Course Summary

Universal design is a design process that creates products and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible. This one semester long part-time course provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to develop an application user interface (UI) taking a user-centred design approach, specifically following the Universal Design process, with particular emphasis on Universal Design principles, accessibility and demanding / special user needs.

Important notice about this course

NOW ENROLLING FOR JANUARY 2020

 Learners will experience both the challenges and rewards of working with different team roles and responsibilities necessary for effective agile project and process management.

Semester 1 

  •  Universal Design 

The course will be delivered in a single semester in part-time blended mode and will be ideally suited to those who cannot commit to full-time study. Online learning will be supported using the Institute's online Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). 

For face-to-face learning attendance is required on the DkIT campus one Saturday per month (maximum three times per semester). Online learning will take place two evenings per week typically between 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This flexible delivery model is used to ensure that every opportunity is given to students to participate in the course, particularly in the context of upskilling and reskilling for those in employment. 

Graduates of the course will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies in the area of universal design and will be equipped to follow career paths such as:  

  • UI / App / Web Client Developers 
  • UX, Usability and Accessibility developer / tester 
  • Agile software development team leaders 
  • Accessibility specialists 

€50 Application fee (refundable if you are not made an offer)
€100 Accept Offer fee (non refundable)

Balance of €350 payable by 28th February 2020

Total fee = €500

The entry requirements are as follows: 

An Ordinary Bachelors Degree (NFQ Level 7) OR an Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) (or equivalent) in the field of study of Computing or a related discipline. 

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the ICT sector are encouraged to apply under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy which allows recognition of both formal and informal learning, non-accredited personal and professional education and work-based training.   

This course is designed for graduates who wish to upskill or reskill in the area of Universal Design and will be of interest to those applying a user-centred design approach in a particular application context. Students completing this programme will participate in a group project to develop an application user interface (UI) taking a user-centered design approach, specifically following the Universal Design process. Students will experience both the challenges and rewards of working with different team roles and responsibilities necessary for effective agile project and process management. They will present and reflect on each stage of development, both as a group and individually, to the project mentoring and assessment panel. 

Dr. Brendan Ryder (Head of Department of Visual and Human-Centred Computing, DkIT)
Phone: +353 42 9370283
Email: brendan.ryder@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_KCEUD_8
Level 8
Duration 1 Semester
Credits 10
Places 20
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Visual and Human-Centred Computing
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €500
Starting Date Mid-January 2020
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