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


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Roberto Riccioni by appointment on request via e-mail

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course aims to:

  • present the fundamentals of computer organization and operating principles
  • introduce the basic computing terminology, so as to help the collaboration and interaction with the ICT specialists
  • explain the functions of the most important office productivity tools, providing examples of their usage in different contexts and fostering the acquisition of operating skills through lab sessions
  • introduce the basic notions of web design through HTML editors.



  • ICT origins and evolution
  • computer systems organization and operating principles
  • introduction to Windows: generalities, user interface and basic procedures
  • word processing 
  • spreadsheets: structure and main functions 
  • computer presentations
  • generalities on databases
  • Internet search
  • structure and functions of websites
  • web page design basics
  • overview of on-line services for blog and site implementation.

Bridging Courses

No specific prerequisites are assumed with the exception of a basic familiarity with personal computers and standard devices (starting and closing work session and applications, using keyboard and mouse…). 

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

  • Knowledge and understanding: upon successful completion of the course the students will have acquired a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of system organization, hardware/software components and web page structure; they will be able to analyze and understand the functional characteristics of the most commonly used office automation tools. The above-mentioned outcomes will be pursued through specific teaching/learning materials  and the solutions of simple problems and exercises. 
  • Applying knowledge and understanding: the students will be able to use effective Internet search strategies, to participate in projects aimed at blog/site design and management and to apply autonomously the acquired concepts and technical skills; in particular they will be able to design, create and edit text and compound documents, spreadsheets, electronic presentations. Laboratory classes will provide the opportunity to acquire the technical capabilities through practical exercises guided by the teacher. 
  • Making judgements: through the practical activities of the course the student will be able to verify and evaluate the correctness of documents and applications developed with some of  the most commonly used office productivity tools and to suggest extensions, improvements or alternative solutions.
  • Communication skills: the students will understand and learn how to use the basic computer terms, which will allow them to communicate with ICT specialists, document system functions and components, write user guides and simple technical manuals. These skills can be acquired through the study of the lecture notes and the bibliographic references suggested as further documentation. 
  • Learning skills: the students will acquire the ability to deepen and extend the computer competences and skills through autonomous learning processes, by attending more advanced courses, or pursuing training plans on specific products and systems. To this end they can in particular follow the suggestions for on-line tutorials and supports included in the bibliographic notes.

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

Materials on general and specific topics will be provided during the course and will be made available for download on Moodle platform, accessible from "Blended Learning" page of University site. On-line materials include in particular: lesson handouts, complementary notes on office productivity tools and web page design, exercises and proposed solutions, links to on-line resources.

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Class lectures (20 hours): theory, introduction to applications and presentation of practical activities. 

Lab sessions for smaller groups of students (10 hours): guided execution of proposed practical activities.


Attendance is not mandatory. 

For organizational reasons, at the beginning of the course, a list of attending students will be compiled.

Course books

The required text is:

  • R. Riccioni, "Guida alle esercitazioni di informatica", QuattroVenti, Urbino, 2003.

It provides a basic introduction to both Windows operating system and office productivity tools. 

Further texts, not explicitly required but useful as introductory and general references, are listed below:

  • L. Console - M. Ribaudo - U. Avalle - F. Carmagnola - F. Cena, "Introduzione all'informatica", UTET, Torino, 2010
  • L. Mari - G. Buonanno - D. Sciuto, "Informatica e cultura dell'informazione", McGraw-Hill, Milano, 2013
  • L. Snyder - A. Amoroso, "Fluency - Conoscere e usare l'informatica", PEARSON, Milano-Torino, 2011.

The exam consists of a lab session, in which both the theoretical competences and the operational skills are tested.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Autonomous study and exercises based on the above listed textbooks and on on-line resources.


Attendance is not mandatory. 

Course books

See attending students section.


See attending students section.


  • The attendance is non mandatory but it is recommended to improve the acquisition of the operational abilities, which are the main objective of the course. 
  • Students holding "standard", "full standard" or "expert" ECDL certification are exempted from the exam. In the general part of vademecum further details on the limits of the certificate validity and on the application for exemption are given.
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