Singapore University of Social Sciences

Universal Design

Applications Open: 01 April 2019

Applications Close: 31 May 2019

Next Available Intake: July 2019

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1312 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Science & Technology

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed


Universal Design (UD) is the design of products, services, system or environment to be usable by all people, to the largest extent possible, without the need for adaption or specialized design. It uses the concept of inclusive design or designing for all (DfA), so that people of diverse and varying abilities, such as infants and children, expectant mothers, elderly, wheelchair users, ambulant disabled, the visually or hearing impaired, or even a tourist in a foreign land can have equitable use of the product, service, system or environment. In HFS309 Universal Design, students will learn about the goals, principles, processes and applications of Universal Design through the lens of the built environment.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Understanding Diversity of Needs
  • Goals and Best Practices of Universal Design in terms of human performance and social participation
  • The concept of Inclusive Design and Design for All (DfA)
  • The 7 Principles of Universal Design - Equitable Use
  • Flexibility in Use
  • Simple and Intuitive Use
  • Perceptible Information
  • Tolerance for Error
  • Low Physical Effort
  • Size and Space for Approach and Use
  • Universal Design in product and service design
  • Universal Design in built environment

Learning Outcome

  • Illustrate the diverse and varying needs of people and determining barriers of usability and accessibility to these groups of people
  • Discuss the goals, principles, processes and applications of universal design
  • Appraise the design of a product, service, system or environment in terms of equitable design, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort and size and space for approach and use
  • Demonstrate understanding and ability to apply Universal Design in products, services, systems and environment
  • Recommend design strategies to improve or enhance a product, service, system or environment’s usability or accessibility
  • Determine a built environment’s Universal Design Score
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