18034 - Acquisition of Computer skills

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows some basic computer elements, the usage of spreadsheets to analyse experimental data and to make histograms and plots, and the usage of databases. He possesses sufficient knowledge to use basic informatics tools to organize her/his work and to handle laboratory activities.

Course contents

Three modules:

  • Internet and WWW
  • Spreadsheets
  • Database/Access.


No textbook is needed, since all the material is available on-line at:


A paper version of the same material is available in the book "Fondamenti di informatica", Vol. 1, Ed. Zanichelli.

Teaching methods

Introductory lessons for each module, e-mail, FAQ, self-learning using the Web.

Assessment methods

The qualifying examination consists of 30 multiple choice tests to be completed in 30 minutes. Book or others supports not allowed.

The tests regard the three topics specified in the “Course Contents” section.

The qualification is obtained with at least 16 correct answers.

Teaching tools

PC and videoprojector for the lectures, individual PCs available for selftraining.


Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Filippo Zaniboni