187.A59 Assistive Technology 1
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Blended Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to analyse barriers arising from disability. They know the physical background of disabilities, are able to classify them and to identify measures to overcome limitations. They have an understanding of Assistive Technology for support of different forms of disability and in old age and are able to select typical assistive aids.

Subject of course

  • Introduction into and definition of disability
  • Medical basics
  • Sensory organs - Basics of anatomy and physiology
  • Motor functions
  • Classification according ICIDH and ICF
  • Sensory impairments
  • Motor impairments
  • Language and intellectual impairments
  • Age related impairments
  • Demography
  • Classification of technical aids
  • Principles of "Design for All" and "Universal Design"
  • Human-Computer-Interfaces for disabled and older people
  • Vision improvements and aids for orientation and navigation
  • Hearing improvements
  • Mobility improvements
  • Assistive technology for everyday tasks

Teaching methods

Introduction into the topic area, presentation and discussion of examples and case studies

Mode of examination


Additional information

This lecture is the successor of VO Elektron. Hilfsmittel für behinderte Menschen (383.510).

Old scripts (German) can be found at:

VO Elektron. Hilfsmittel für behinderte Menschen (383.510) > Literatur > Zu den Lehrunterlagen

The slides of the lecture (English) are offered as teaching materials.


 ECTS Breakdown:

28h Lecture
21h Literature study
25h Preparation for exam
  1h Exam
75h Sum = 3 ECTS



Course dates

Tue09:00 - 09:3003.10.2023 Briefing takes place as Zoom Meeting (remote). (LIVE)Briefing jointly with VO Assistive Systems
Mon09:00 - 12:0027.11.2023Seminarraum FAV EG B (Seminarraum von Neumann) AT1 Block 1
Mon09:00 - 12:0004.12.2023Seminarraum FAV EG B (Seminarraum von Neumann) AT1 Block 2
Mon09:00 - 12:0018.12.2023Seminarraum FAV EG B (Seminarraum von Neumann) AT1 Block 3
Mon09:00 - 12:0008.01.2024Seminarraum FAV EG B (Seminarraum von Neumann) AT1 Block 4
Mon09:00 - 12:0015.01.2024Seminarraum FAV EG B (Seminarraum von Neumann) AT1 Block 5
Mon09:00 - 12:0022.01.2024Seminarraum FAV EG B (Seminarraum von Neumann) AT1 Block 6
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

One-hour written exam which is typically offered 3 times per term.  No additinal means allowed (= Closed Book Exam).



DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Mon14:00 - 15:0004.03.2024FAV Hörsaal 3 Zemanek (Seminarraum Zemanek) written22.01.2024 08:00 - 01.03.2024 12:00TISSExam AT1 on Mar 4, 2024 (at 14:00)
Mon14:00 - 15:0022.04.2024Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse written22.01.2024 08:00 - 19.04.2024 12:00TISSExam AT1 on Apr 22, 2024 (at 14:00)
Mon14:00 - 15:0017.06.2024Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse written22.01.2024 08:00 - 14.06.2024 12:00TISSExam AT1 on June 17, 2024 (at 14:00)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
11.09.2023 12:00 23.01.2024 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 453 Biomedical Engineering Not specified
066 935 Media and Human-Centered Computing Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses