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Usable Privacy



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SS 2017 - SoSe 2020

Fakultät IV

TEL 18

Institut für Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik

34355300 FG S-Professur Quality and Usability

Möller, Sebastian

Hirsch, Tobias

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2345786 36204 Usable Privacy

Learning Outcomes

Students gain/are expected to - Knowledge on the topic of privacy with focus on human aspects in information privacy - Conduct research in a group - Give a presentation on a specific topic to an audience - Participate in a one-day workshop


Current topics in the research area of usable privacy will be discussed and applied to practical problems. The topic of privacy with focus on human aspects in information privacy is discussed, alongside with privacy in general, and differences to related topics such as security and confidentiality. Topics include social media, location tracking, user behavior with respect to e.g. decision-making, self-disclosure, and the privacy calculus.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS VZ
Usable Privacy SEM WS No information 2

Workload and Credit Points

Usable Privacy (SEM):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Literature research 1.0 5.0h 5.0h
Preparation and wrap-up 1.0 25.0h 25.0h
Preparation of the talk 1.0 10.0h 10.0h
Presence plenary meetings und talks 2.0 15.0h 30.0h
Reading 1.0 10.0h 10.0h
Written assignment 1.0 10.0h 10.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 90.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 3 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

Research project within a group and a written assignment under supervision; Talks/presentations and discussions in the plenum.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Basic knowledge in information and communication technologies and HCI is recommended.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

No information

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
(Deliverable assessment) Presentation 28 oral 15-30 min
(Deliverable assessment) Written assignment 60 written 3-5 pages per group
(Examination) 3 tests each 4 points 12 written 30 min

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

Tests: On three specific dates there is a short test around the topics dealt with during the seminar. Presentation: Based on a given or self-chosen topic the students hold presentations in small groups. Written assignment: The students plan and conduct in groups a small study related to privacy and present the study including the results in a short report.

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 25.

Registration Procedures

Enrollment by email for the course before the first lecture. The registration for the examination can be done in QISPOS after the enrollment. See official website for further information.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

Availability:  unavailable

Electronical lecture notes

Availability:  unavailable


Recommended literature
Will be announced over the course of the semester.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

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The topics of the module can serve as a foundation of a master thesis in the area.