28106 - Computer Science for Environmental Sciences

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student will learn computer skills, with the ability to apply them to data processing and presentation in environmental sciences. In particular, the student will learn concepts about computer architecture, main computer tools, Internet and databases. The student will be learn also some rudiments of programming.

Course contents

Personal productivity software:

  • Spreadsheet applications
  • Slide presentation applications


  • Computer Networks
  • Internet
  • Protocols

Markup and HTML:

  • Hypertexts
  • Markup classification
  • Web 1.0 and Web 2.0
  • HTML and CSS
  • Social network
  • Collaborative tools

Multimedia Systems:

  • Introduction to multimedia systems
  • Analogical media digitalization
  • Digital images


  • Relational databases
  • Keys
  • Queries languages (SQL)
  • Tables and queries creation

Geographical Information Systems:

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Points, polylines, polygons
  • Digital rapresentation of topological elements


No textbook is needed, since all the didactical materials will be available on the e-learning platform.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures.
  • Exercises in lab.
  • E-learning didactical activities.

Assessment methods

The final exam aims to evaluate if the goals of the class have been reached:

- to learn concepts at the basis of main computer tools, of the Internet and the Web, of multimedia systems and digital images, and of databases. 

- to be able of using main software devote to personal productivity. 

The final mark is defined through a Web test (which evaluates the knowledge of main concepts and theoretical aspects) and through the evaluation of projects developed during the practices in the lab. 

Teaching tools

  • Slides will be provided by the teacher.
  • Additional didactical material will be available on-line.




Office hours

See the website of Silvia Mirri