25292 - Computer Skills

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires basic computer skills (computer configuration, network and web, main application software)

Course contents

1. Theoretical and practical fundaments of:

  • General architecture of a computer
  • Operating systems, software and hardware. Tablet and smartphone. Apps for mobile devices.
  • Internet and Web 2.0. Network and systems evolution.
  • Dissemination of information and data through networks. Cloud computing.

The student will acquire specific theoretical and practical skills for a conscious use of computers and networks as working tools:

a) Fundaments of the hardware architecture of a PC, main OS and software (proprietary and opensource);
b) Formats of electronic documents depending on the type of data (textual, vector and raster graphic, numerical, etc.);
c) Evolution of the Internet and Web servives, esp. in the Web 2.0; base structure of dynamic websites and main CMS platforms, with a few HTML5 elements;

d) Dissemination of data through the Internet, local network, and cloud archive systems for backup and communication among different devices.

2.Digital Heritage

  • Internet and the WWW
  • The cultural heritage from web 2.0 to web 3.0 and web 4.0
  • Quality, Usability and Accessibility for Digital Content
  • IT tools for creating web content,
  • Content Management System (CMS)

Readings/Bibliography

Fundamental text:

Lazzari M., Informatica umanistica, McGraw-Hill, II edizione, 2014, PARTE I: tutta, PARTE II capp.: 7, 8, 9, 11, 12.

Recommended: Tomasi F., Metodologie informatiche e discipline umanistiche, Roma: Carocci, 2012 (only the pref., chs. 1.7, 2, 6) and Prati G., Web 2.0, available for download at http://www.web-20.it/web-20-scarica-gratis-ebook; De Gottardo F. et al., Comunicare la cultura online: una guida pratica per i musei. Progettazione di siti web, content management, social media e analisi dei risultati, 2014. Scaricabile al sito:http://www.svegliamuseo.com/it/ebook-guida-pratica-per-i-musei/ (ultimo accesso: gennaio 2016); Mattino A., WordPress, Apogeo, 2013.

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Teaching methods

individual study; laboratory practice

Assessment methods

Computer-based tests: 40 multiple-choice questions concerning the topics of the programme. The student will need to complete the test within 75 minutes. Marking will be made according to these criteria:

  • 30+ correct answers: the student is considered capable.
  • 26-29 correct answers: immediately after the test, the student will be required to pass an additional practical exercise on the latter part of the course programme.
  • 22-25 correct answers: immediately after the test, the student will be required to pass an additional oral examination on the former part of the course programme and an additional practical exercise on the latter part of the course programme.
  • 1-21 correct answers: the student is rejected.

Teaching tools

Theoretical and practical tutoring. Further assistance will be available from the IT technicians from the IT lab at Palazzo Corradini.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Iannucci