FUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

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Code
56703
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 10375 INGEGNERIA CHIMICA E DI PROCESSO (L-9) GENOVA

6 credits during the 1st year of 8716 Electrical Engineering (L-9) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
ING-INF/05
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (INGEGNERIA CHIMICA E DI PROCESSO )
semester
2° Semester

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course provides the basic knowledge of computer science and programming. It describes the representation of the information and an overview of computers and data networks, with particular reference to Internet and the Web. The course also provides an ability to write simple programs useful in the area of ​​logic and mathematics.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The students should learn basic elements of computer science, and understand the role of information technology and the variety of its application areas in the present society. The practical goal is to assure that all the students have basic skills for using personal computer and software environment in their studies and programming fundamentals. The course gives the basic knowledge after which students should be able to practice and learn more about the systems independently and eventually on other courses.

About 50% of the course is based on learning a widespread programming language (C) and on programming activities carried out directly from the students. The activities are based on problem definition and solving, program writing and debugging.

TEACHING METHODS

The course is articulated in theoretical lessons and classroom programming exercises. The lectures deal mainly the part related to the architecture and operation of the computer and the Internet; exercises are an integral part of the course: they provide for understanding and writing simple programs and their debugging with the teacher's assistance.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course relates to the principal topics of the IT area: application of computers, structure (CPU, I/O, memory), instructions, programming code, data structures; from assembler to high level languages;

Compilers, Operating systems, commercial programs and user developed programs. Logical requirements, logical functions, 2 level (and-or) function modeling. Data communication, serial and parallel, local and geographical networks. Relation between band and speed. Analogic and digital channels.

Networks, protocols, protocol layering; IP, UDP, TCP, reliability, flow control, error detection and security (RSA example); wireless networks; multimedia networking; network security and security management. Architectures and Internet in the future.

C language programming.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

All readings and programming support are available on the DICCA Aulaweb pages.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: The teacher is generally available before and after school hours in the classroom or in his office. He is also available on request: for appointments it is available continuously,  please call the phone number 0039 328 1003200.

Exam Board

ALBERTO GIORDANO (President)

PAOLO VERNAZZA

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The course is articulated in theoretical lessons and classroom programming exercises. The lectures deal mainly the part related to the architecture and operation of the computer and the Internet; exercises are an integral part of the course: they provide for understanding and writing simple programs and their debugging with the teacher's assistance.

LESSONS START

3rd Week of February 2017

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Programming capabilities and knowledge of computer and network architecture will be verified.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Programming capabilities are verified by understanding and completing some functions presented in the source of a short program (C language). The CodeBlock programming enviroment allows the student to debug and test the code written by him. The theoretical part (computer and network architecture) is verified by evaluating a list of short questions.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
29/01/2018 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
16/02/2018 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
13/06/2018 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
11/07/2018 14:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
25/07/2018 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
29/08/2018 14:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
14/09/2018 14:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale