Creating Accessible Websites
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 21.0
Credit Value: 1.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: APPL70078, APPL70079

Program(s): Front-End Web Development
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190107_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered in-class. The sessions may include a variety of interactive and engaging activities including discussions, workshops, group activities, role plays, case studies and presentations. Readings, video, and podcasts may be provided online, on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE), to support class activities and reinforce material covered during class sessions. Assignment details will be provided in class and on SLATE. Students will need a laptop and reliable access to the internet. Some course activities and evaluations require Windows 7, 8, or 10.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students explore web accessibility principles and guidelines to design and create accessible web content with considerations for inclusive design. They discuss and examine various types of disabilities, accessibility laws around the world, and myths about accessibility. Through practical assignments, projects, and case studies, students apply Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Web Accessibility Initiative - Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) standards to identify accessibility issues, ensure web content functions with multiple assistive technologies, and enhance the user experience and web accessibility for all users.

Program Context

Front-End Web Development Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is an elective course in the Front-End Web Development certificate.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to apply accessibility and inclusive design principles in the creation of accessible web content.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain the industry standards for creating accessible web content including accessibility laws around the world, types of assistive technologies, and WCAG principles
  2. Utilize inclusive design considerations to develop an accessible user experience
  3. Apply WCAG 2.0 and WAI-ARIA technical standards to create accessible web content
  4. Conduct an assessment to identify accessibility issues within websites

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Assignment 110.0%
 Assignment 25.0%
 Assignment 35.0%
 Assignment 420.0%
 Group Project: An Inclusive Design Proposal25.0%
 Individual Project: Creating an Accessible Website35.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: N/A
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies Students
Course Details:

Module 1: Web Accessibility Fundamentals

  • What is web accessibility?
  • Accessibility laws around the world
  • Types of disabilities
  • Types of assistive technologies
  • Myths about accessibility
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0 and 2.0)

Module 2: Accessibility and Inclusive Design

  • Inclusive design - web accessibility and usability
  • Accessibility principles (POUR - Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust)
  • Web design considerations, by disability type

Group Project: An Inclusive Design Proposal 25%

Module 3: WCAG 2.0 and WAI-ARIA Standards

  • Identifying User Interface (UI) elements
  • Semantic structure and navigation
  • Best practices for Images, videos, and audio
  • Accessible web forms
  • Dynamic updates and Asynchronous JavaScript And XML (AJAX)

Assignment 1: UI Elements and Semantic Structure 5%

Assignment 2: Images, Videos, and Audio 5%

Assignment 3: Web Forms 5%

Assignment 4: Dynamic updates and AJAX 5%

Individual Project: Creating an Accessible Website 35%

Module 4: Testing for Accessibility

  • Testing accessibility strategy
  • Accessible vs. non-accessible web content
  • Testing approaches
  • Reporting accessibility issues

Assignment 5: Reporting Accessibility Issues 20%


Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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