Accessibility and Inclusive Design is a distance-learning programme run by the SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre. Offering three levels of postgraduate award, it is aimed at professionals from a range of backgrounds – including planning, architecture, access auditing, health and social care – and is suitable for studying part-time while employed (anywhere in the world). Modules place an emphasis on ‘live’ problems, using real-world techniques and instruments; enabling students to undertake projects in their own area of expertise, as well as widen their understanding of the needs of others, be they clients, users, planners, designers or health professionals. Many students remain within their field of expertise to facilitate change and improve professional standards; others move into specialist disciplines, such as access consultancy.
BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology
BSc (Hons) Architecture
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Postgraduate Taught Courses:
MSc BIM and Integrated Design
MSc/LLM Construction Law and Practice
MSc Construction Management
MSc Project Management in Construction
MSc Quantity Surveying
MSc Quantity Surveying (M&E)
MSc Real Estate and Property Management
Designed for the experienced clinician but accessible to all master’s students, these courses are key building blocks in creating programs of study with specific occupational therapy specialty focus areas, enabling graduate students to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and expertise in cutting-edge practice areas.
OT 560 School-based Practice
OT 564 Sensory Integration Theory
OT 571 Assistive Technology
OT 572 Ergonomics
OT 573 Hand Rehabilitation
OT 574 Enhancing Motor Control for Occupation
OT 575 Dysphagia Across the Lifespan: Pediatrics through Geriatrics
OT 576 Universal Design
OT 578 Therapeutic Communication for the Healthcare Practitioner
OT 583 Lifestyle Redesign
OT 584 Clinical Applications of Telehealth Technologies
OT 610 Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
Examines the standards and methods for designing digital material which is not only accessible for persons with disabilities but also effective and usable for all users and all platforms. We will review standards for usability and accessibility, focusing on the concepts of universal design, web standards, and accessibility best practices. Topics to be covered include (x)html standards, structured coding procedures, semantic web design, user-centered design, validation tools, among others. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours for different topics. Prereq., ATLS 2000. Recommended prereq., ATLS 3010. Same as ATLS 5519 and 6519.
- ATLS 3519 Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media: Universal Design for Digital Media
This program provides practical knowledge about the application of current assistive technology and environmental accommodation solutions. The courses will prepare you to provide high quality service to people with disabilities in workplace, home, educational and public environments.
Professionals who require knowledge or practical skills to help individuals with disabilities function more efficiently in work, home, educational, and public environments.
- ID 4210 / Arch 4843 – Intro to Universal Design in the Built Environment
- ID 6800/Arch 8843 – Advanced Universal Design: Investigations in the Built Environment
- ID 8900 – Special Problems: Universal Design Investigation and Applications
- ID 8900 – Special Problems: Design for Public Health
Behavioral Aspects of Design
Through lectures and discussions, students examine psychological and social research that assesses the dynamic relationship between human behavior and the physical environment with an emphasis on interior spaces. Special populations may be discussed the elderly, children, and the physically challenged. (3 credits)
AHRM 4664 – Universal Design at Virginia Tech
Evaluation and design of commercial and residential environments with consideration for accessibility, adaptation, safety, and support of the user(s).
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy 576: Universal Design
Examination of the concepts and principles of universal design and the benefits of the approach for people with disabilities and for all individuals. Graded CR/NC.
Universal Design: Design Analytics for Ability
This course will explore the principles, strategies, and application of universal design as an ideology for designing products and environments for the varying physical and psychological abilities and limitation of people. The instructors bring to students an awareness of the social and theoretical context for universal design, accessible design, and the designer’s role both nationally and internationally. The course responds to the need in the College for information and skills relative to a human centered design thinking processes, broadening the studentâ€™s awareness of the evolving characteristics, and to address advances in universal design concepts for design.