EVA: Complementary Modules 2019-20

Complementary modules organized by all institutions participating in the MSE.

Please note:

  • The number of inscriptions is typically restricted
  • Please consider the status field: only modules with "registration open" status can be booked
  • Module inscriptions have to be made via your advisor to the contact person as specified in the offering
Title: Developing Creative Solutions for Elderly Persons and People with Disabilities
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ECTS Credits: 3
Organizer Details: ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering, Institute for Applied Information Technologies (InIT), Zurich, Switzerland

Final written work: (80%)

Presentation: (20%)

Decision Date: 31 August 2019 
Start Date: 17 September 2019 
End Date: 30 December 2019 
Date Details:


PART 1: Classroom training: 1 full day (09.00-17.30) within the week of September 16, 2019. PLEASE NOTE: The exact day of this training is flexible (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday). Please select your preferred day when you register for the course. Once the registration deadline has passed, the date for the classroom training will be selected based on the majority preference.

PART 2: Self-study (two weeks, from September 23 until October 7)

PART 3: Completion of written work: Oct. 7 until Dec. 13, 2019.

PART 4: Final presentations: One half-day (morning or afternoon), within the week of December 16, 2019. The final date for these presentations will be decided during the classroom training.


One full day of classroom training (8 hours) on the topic of assistive technologies for elderly persons and people with disabilities, followed by self-study (24 hours), then writing of individual, independent work by students during the semester (60 hours), concluding with a half-day of final presentations of the students' individual works (10 hours).

NOTE: Students can make individual appointments with the supervisor if any help is needed.



Description (max. 300 characters):

Assistive technologies are hard- and software-based solutions which help elderly persons and people  with disabilities to overcome or eliminate their barriers in work, living, mobility, health and leisure. This lecture gives an overview about these technologies. Students will suggest ideas for developing new solutions in the above-mentioned areas, study and compare currently available solutions on the market, describe a development process for their own idea, create a comprehensive report, and finally present their work.

Contents and Learning Objectives:


  • gain an understanding of the barriers faced by people with disabilities and elderly persons in areas such as work, living, mobility, health, or leisure.
  • become familiar with available assistive technologies for people with disabilities and elderly persons
  • systematic development of new ideas


Content: Students will suggest ideas for developing new assistive technologies to empower people with disabilities and elderly persons

Admission: Bachelor of Science (or equivalent), English language skills,




The classroom training and final presentations will take place at the Lagerstrasse campus in Zurich.


Prof. Dr. Alireza Darvishy

Contact Person E-Mail: dvya@zhaw.ch
Status: registration open
Specialization: Business Engineering and Production (BEP)

Energy and Environment (EE)

Industrial Technologies (InT)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Civil Engineering & Building Technology (CEBT)

Geomatics (GEO)

Spatial Development & Landscape Architecture (SDLA)


[Responsible for this text: Alireza Darvishy]