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: Making the Internet accessible to people with disabilities and elderly persons
Short Code:
ECTS Credits: 3
Organizer Details: ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering Institute for Applied Information Technologies (InIT), Zurich, Switzerland

Implementation: Programming a website (80%)

Presentation of the results (20%)

Decision Date: 31 August 2019 
Start Date: 17 September 2019 
End Date: 20 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 (within the week of September 23)

PART 3: Independent student work/implentation of accessible website: Sep. 30 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 accessible websites, followed by self-study (12 hours),  then individual, independent programming 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):

People with disabilities face different barriers when using the Internet. Web Accessibility helps to overcome these barriers by implementing various techniques. This course gives an overview about different topics of web accessibility, and gives participants a chance to re-implement an inaccessible website into an accessible one.

Contents and Learning Objectives:


  • gain an understanding of the barriers faced by people with disabilities and elderly persons in accessing web content, and
  • become familiar with available assisstive technologies for people with disabilities and elderly persons
  • learn how to make websites and web applications accessible to this community.


Content: This course gives an overview about different topics of Web Accessibility, such as accessible design, accessible navigation, accessible forms and tables, etc. The participants have the chance to practice web accessibility by re-implementing an inaccessible website into an accessible one.


Admission: Bachelor of Science (or equivalent), English language skills, Knowledge and experience in programming web technologies: HTML, Javascript, CSS

Kalbag, Laura (2017). Accessibility for Everyone. UK: A Book Apart.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1): https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/


Handouts will be circulated during the lecture.



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


Prof. Dr. Alireza Darvishy, dvya@zhaw.ch

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]