Usable Privacy and Security

Location: Pittsburgh

Semester Offered: Spring

Cross listed Courses:

Course Number Department Units
17-334 Software and Societal Systems Department 9
17-734 Software and Societal Systems Department 12
05-436 Human Computer Interaction Institute 9
05-836 Human Computer Interaction Institute 12
19-534 Engineering and Public Policy 9
19-734 Engineering and Public Policy 12

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of usability and user experience problems related to privacy and security and to give them experience in understanding and designing studies aimed at helping to evaluate usability issues in security and privacy systems.


Class format

Lecture and project-based

Home department

Software and Societal Systems

Target audience

  • Undergraduates: 17-334, 5-436, 19-534
  • MS / Ph.D.: 17-734, 5-836, 19-734. Students enrolled in these course numbers will have extended homework assignments and will be expected to play a leadership role in a group project that produces a paper suitable for publication.

Background required

The course is open to all students.

Learning objectives

  • Gain an appreciation for the importance of usability within security and privacy
  • Learn about current research in usable privacy and security
  • Learn how to conduct usability studies
  • Learn how to critically examine UPS studies

Faculty and instructors who have taught this course in the past

Lorrie Cranor, Jason Hong