Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo



A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 4
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Stefano Russo n the first half, by appointment. Contact the teacher by e-mail

Assigned to the Degree Course

Educational Sciences (L-19)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course in computer skills aims to give students all the computer knowledge necessary for them to get an idea own clear and sufficiently detailed (although on certain technical details approximate) what is this science that goes by the name computer science and how and with what effects it in favor of human development and education sciences. Explain and make it clear to the students of the bachelor degree in Education Sciences What is actually a computer and how it functions is another objective of the course. Students will also acquire, for all practical purposes, mastered all the most common Italian and English linguistic expressions, their abbreviations and acronyms of the IT world. Finally the students will acquire skills on the use of operating systems with graphical interface of word processing systems, electronic spreadsheets and tools for finding information and documentation on the web.


The course is divided into two parts: theory (rudiments of information technology and their application to humanistic social science) and practice (this part aims to teach information technology skills)

The topics will be addressed in the order they are listed in the program.

Theory (contents) (8 ore)

  • Introduction to information technology and to computer: basic concepts

  • Computer architecture, hardware. Input/output devices

  • The binary code

  • Software and Algorithm

  • Basic and application software

  • Productivity software (application software dedicated to producing information, such as documets, presentations, worksheets, databases, charts,graphts, digital paintings, electronic music and digital video)

  • Computer networks. Client-server architectures

  • Internet and the basic services

  • Web browsing and on-line security

  • Application of information technology to human sciences

  • Practice (contents) (16 ore)

  • Operating systems. Functions of the operating system (Windows)
  • File system and file management system
  • Word processors (Word)
  • Creating documents
  • The different text file formats
  • Set up the page, the paragraphs and the body of the text (margins, page breaks, tabs, indentation of paragraphs, body text)
  • Text formatting. Insert tables, images, objects, and graphics in documents
  • Setting the main parameters of the printing
  • Spreadsheets (Excel)
  • Enter data in the worksheet
  • Formatting data
  • References and formulas
  • Creating and printing charts and graphs
  • Print management
  • Find and retrieve information from the World Wide Web
  • Search strategy
  • Search engines
  • Booelans operators in search engines
  • Electronic mail. Mailing programs.
  • The Italian certified e-mail system
  • Bridging Courses

    No specific prerequisites are needed. We still need a basic familiarity with the computer (use of keyboard, monitor and mouse, opening and closing of the working session, etc.)

    Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

    In relation to the teaching of computer science students must demonstrate possession of:

  • Knowledge and understanding (knowledge and under standing). After the course students should be able to understand and explain the basic concepts of information technology.
  • Ability to apply knowledge and understanding (applying knowledge and understanding). After the course students should be able to discuss and evaluate various claims and arguments in the field of computer science  and to use this knowledge competently.
  • Making judgments (Making judgments). After the course students should be able to demonstrate the ability to use knowledge and concepts to reason with independent judgment according to the logic of the discipline.
  • Communication skills (communication skills). After the course students should be able to explain and discuss the relevant topics with conceptual and linguistic exactness, and to offer efficacious  and synthetic accounts of the subject matter.
  • Learning skills (learning skills). After the course students should be acquainted the computer science and the computer to be able to proceed on their own  in gathering further knowledge from the literature in the field and in contiguous fields.
  • Teaching Material

    The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

    Supporting Activities

    Any supplementary lessons and / or seminars.  

    Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


    Lectures, practical demonstrations on the use of the software listed in the study program with the help of multimedia tools (PC and projector), structured exercises on the use of word processor, spreadsheets, search engines and email clent.


    No obligation.

    However, it is recommended the frequency.

    Course books

    - Renato Borruso - Stefano Russo, Approccio umanistico all'informatica. Un mondo di BIT, 2° ed. completamente riveduta e aggiornata da S. Russo, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane (ESI), Napoli, 2016. (three hundred pages). The book is in print.The old edition of the book is no longer suitable for exam preparation.
    -For the step 1 of syllabus. (Operating systems. Functions of the operating system) and for the step 2 of syllabus (File system and file management system) we may want to use any of the preparation manuals to the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL - Core Level).
    -For the step 3-4-5-6-7 of syllabus  we recommend using any of the preparation manuals to the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL - Core Level). Alternatively, the lectures will also be shown on-line accessible learning materials or video tutorials on Youtube.


    Written by multiple choice test on the theoretical and on the use of software tools topics indicated in the course program to ensure the basic knowledge and / or any exercises to be performed on word processors and electronic spreadsheets.

    Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


    Individual study on texts and reported specific materials.

    Autonomous exercises on the topics of the application part.


    No obligation.

    Course books

    Same texts and materials indicated for attending students.


    Same manner as for the attending students.


    For non-attending students it is recommended to practice sguendo the examples proposed educational materials.

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