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


A.Y. Credits
2022/2023 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Alessandro Bogliolo By appointment

Assigned to the Degree Course

Applied Informatics (L-31)
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Learning Objectives

Digital is one of the most used adjectives of this turn of the century. It is not a neologism, but it has taken on a meaning that evokes information technologies, progress and innovation. In this sense, the adjective appears in the strategic agendas of all countries in the world, but also indicates the gap between those who master new technologies and those who cannot keep up with a technological development that is advancing at an unprecedented pace.

This course restarts from the definition of "digital" to help achieve a very ambitious goal: that no one feels excluded from a revolution that has such deep roots in the history of humanity that it can trace its origins to prehistoric times.


01. Definition and properties

02. Homo Sapiens (with Fabio Martini)

03. Our history
03.01. Pre-alphabetic writing (with Gloria Rosati)
03.02. The alphabetical revolution (with Flavia Frisone)
03.03. Gutenberg (with Edoardo Barbieri)

04. Information and its forms
04.01. The information
04.02. Numerousness and numbers (with Giorgio Vallortigara)
04.03. The narration (with Cristina Pierantozzi and Alberto Casadei)
04.04. Pictures
04.05. Musical notation (with Roberto Giuliani)
04.06. Animated pixel art
04.07. The redundancy
04.08. Digital humanity experiments

05. ICT
05.01. The comunication
05.02. Information processing
05.03. Everyday algorithms (optional contributions)

06. Digital culture
06.01. Digital cultural heritage

07. Human rights
07.01. Literacy and Illiteracy (with Cristiano-Maria Bellei)
07.02. Writing and law (with Gabriele Marra)
07.03. The human rights

Bridging Courses


Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding. The course provides the knowledge and understanding of the concept of digital representation of information and its implications in the history of humanity and in daily life, appreciating its highly multidisciplinary aspects.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding. The course allows you to apply the fundamental concepts of digital coding of information and to identify situations, activities and processes, not necessarily IT, that make use of digital representations. The trainees learn to calculate and manage the relationship between information content and the size of the representation, as well as to discriminate the digital components of a system or process from the analog ones.

Autonomy of judgment. The course stimulates the autonomy of judgment in the use of digital representations and in the relationship between human beings and technologies.

Communication skills. The elements covered in the course focus on the importance of communication. The participation of distinguished scientists from different disciplines allows students to develop skills for interdisciplinary dialogue and to appreciate their skills in cultural and scientific dissemination.

Learning ability. The course contributes to developing learning skills by strengthening, with a scientific basis, the awareness of the strength of language.

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

Lecture notes and materials available on MOOC platform.

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


The course is delivered as a self paced MOOC.


Mandatory asynchronous attendance.

Course books

Lecture notes and materials available on MOOC platform.


Written test and oral examination

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


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Course books

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