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FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

CODE 72381
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8784 INGEGNERIA MECCANICA (L-9) - LA SPEZIA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR INF/01
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • LA SPEZIA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This course sets the ground for using computers in technical and scientific fields.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After successfully attending the course, students will be able to:

    • describe the architecture of a computer and understand some of its technical aspects

    • using the main “office automation” sofware programs to build data tables, analyse data both graphically and analytically, and write a scientific or technical report;

    • be proficient in the Mastlab software at an intermediate level;

    • understand the basics of programming, and write simple programs of scientific or technical interest.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures and guided computer exercises, to be performed with the aid of the Aulaweb platform.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    • Introduction to computer science - Motivations; algorithms; artificial languages

    • Coding of information: integer numbers; real numbers; characters.

    • Introduction to computers – Computer architecture: CPU, main memory and other memories, bus, input/output devices.

    • Operating systems concepts – Virtual machines; structure of an O.S.; processes, scheduling and performances; user-level functions, user interface; compiled and interpreted programs; text editors.

    • Introduction to programming with examples in Matlab: programming paradigms; abstraction methods; the fundamental constructs of procedural programming; fundamental algorithms and data structures.

    • Personal productivity software: spreadsheet, word processor.

    REMARK: The distribution of individual topics, particularly those which are not propedeutic to others, might be different from the stated sequence, taking also into account the needs of the practical part.

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Given the diversity of the topics, the course will mainly be based on teaching material (handouts, texts, programs) provided through Aulaweb.

    Suggestions about additional textbooks related to specific topics will be provided on request.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    STEFANO ROVETTA (President)

    FRANCESCO CRENNA

    PIETRO FANGHELLA

    FRANCESCO MASULLI (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The final evaluation takes into account the attendance to lab exercises, a written test on theory, and a programming test.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    10/01/2022 09:30 LA SPEZIA Laboratorio
    08/02/2022 09:30 LA SPEZIA Laboratorio
    17/06/2022 09:30 LA SPEZIA Laboratorio
    30/06/2022 09:30 LA SPEZIA Laboratorio
    06/09/2022 09:30 LA SPEZIA Laboratorio

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    No formal prerequisites.