Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to gain the most current information about Design for All, Inclusive design and Gerontechnology as a basis and planning for Project work 1-2 within the Gerontechnology module.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to
- be able to relate the field of gerontechnology to the process of ageing and the everyday life of the elderly
- demonstrate an understanding of the importance of design for all and user-friendly design in products, environments and services
- be able to develop a vision of gerontechology

Course contents

-What is Gerontechnology?
-Design for All and Inclusive Design
-Userfriendly Design and product-, environment- and service development
-Multiprofessional consultation

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Module: Basics in gerontology
Module: Senior citizens in the society
Module: Geriatrics

Recommended or required reading

Carlsson, Gunilla. (2004) Travelling by Urban Public Transport: Exploration of Usability Problems in a Travel Chain Perspective. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 11, Issue 2, June 2004, pp. 83-84
Fozard J. et al.2000. Gerontechnology: Creating enabling environments for the challenges and opportunities of aging. Educational Gerontology, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p 331, 14p.
Harrington T.L. & Harrington M.K. 2000. Gerontechnology Why and How. Shaker Publishing B.V. ISBN 90-423-0107-4
Current scientific articles.
Handouts and lecturenotes.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 28 hours
  • Individual studies - 91 hours
  • Seminars - 14 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio


Ring Joachim


Sundell Solveig

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2012-10-02 - Exams
  • 2012-10-23 - Reports and productions

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