Universal Design Principles - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Blog/journal (20%) , Assignment 2 - Group project (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

This unit was previously known as DIG272 Universal Design Principles.

This unit emphasises the importance of considering end users when developing a design experience. Students will be introduced to a set of ‘universal’ design principles that are common to all disciplines of user experience design. By analysing case studies through this framework of universal design principles, students will have an opportunity to hone their awareness of user-centred design and consider how individual elements may be shaped to improve the users’ experience. Students will synthesise these universal design principles by developing a user-centred solution to a discipline-relevant design problem.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify universal design principles in designed artefacts and recognise their role in shaping the effectiveness of the user experience
  2. compare design approaches to understand and justify design decisions
  3. work collaboratively to apply design principles to generate effective design outcomes
  4. conceptualise design solutions that improve design functionality and effectiveness
  5. analyse the use of technology in relation to the functionality of a designed artefact.
  • Assignment 1 — Blog/journal (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group project (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Reflection (15%)
  • Report (35%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Design-based Creative Brainstorming
2Principles that influence the way a design is perceived
3Principles that help people to learn from a design
4Principles that enhance the usability of a design
5Principles that increase the appeal of a design
6Principles that can help a designer to make better design decisions
7Production Workflow Approaches

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide
  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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