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Undergraduate and Graduate Course Offerings

Undergraduate and Graduate Course Offerings

CIDI faculty and researchers are an integral part of the curriculum at the College of Design and the School of Industrial Design. Although these courses are primarily for architecture and industrial design students, they are often filled with students in human-computer interaction, biomedical engineering, and human factors psychology.

ID 4210 / Arch 4843 - Intro to Universal Design in the Built Environment

Instructor: Jon Sanford

This is an undergraduate course that focuses on the basic issues that create the biggest impact on usability of the physical environment — the interaction between human ability (and dis-ability) and the design of places, products, and systems. This is a project-based, field research, and design course for undergraduate students to learn how to design for all individuals, regardless of ability. The focus of the course is on the usability of spaces, buildings, objects, and interfaces based on human ability. The student will develop an understanding of human ability and its importance in defining both disability and usability.

Design experience is not a prerequisite for this course, and it is relevant and open to undergraduate students from all disciplines.

ID 4823 - Accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Instructors: Sheryl Ballenger, Ph.D. and Carolyn Phillips

This course is an undergraduate course that focuses on accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT). ID 4823 is an introductory course which exposes students to barriers, global initiatives, and accessibility factors for designing inclusive ICT environments for people with disabilities, including cognitive, sensory, and mobility. This course provides students interested in working in digital environments, the advantage needed in these fields and promotes internalizing inclusiveness and equity.  

ID 3031 - Health and Design Studio

Instructor: Jon Sanford

Using the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as the framework for health, the course focused on instilling in students an understanding that health is impacted by every aspect of one’s life affects.  Students worked with the GA Tech STAR program projects to Improve access to Klemis Kitchen, GA Tech’s student food pantry.

ID 6201 - Health and Wellness Studio

Instructor: Jon Sanford

Using the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as the framework for health, the course focused on instilling in students an understanding that health is impacted by every aspect of one’s life affects.  Working with GA Tech STAR program, Georgia Farmers Market Association, and GA Tech Health Initiatives, students worked on projects focused on achieving food equity among Georgia Tech students.  A number of ideas proposed by the students have been incorporated by the STAR program into changes in Klemis Kitchen, GA Tech’s student food pantry as well as into the plans for the fresh farmers market proposed for Spring 2020.

ID 6800/Arch 8843 – Advanced Universal Design: Investigations in the Built Environment

Instructor: Jon Sanford

This is a is a graduate course that focuses on the basic issues that create the biggest impact on usability of the physical environment — the interaction between human ability (and dis-ability) and the design of places, products and systems. This is a research-oriented, project-based course where graduate students will focus on the analysis of usability problems at all scales of design. The course emphasizes the acquisition of evidence-based methods to identify, understand, develop, and substantiate new design solutions for all individuals, regardless of ability.

Design experience is not a prerequisite for this course, and it is relevant and open to graduate students from all disciplines. The course will operate as a lecture and project-based class.

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