Insegnamento a.a. 2003-2004



IT Education Center

Vai alle classi: 75 - 76
CLEA (4 cfu - I sem. - CC)
Docente responsabile dell'insegnamento:

Classes: 75 - 76

Introduction to the course:

The overall objective of the course is to provide basic knowledge about Information Technology (IT) and basic competences in using personal computers and common end user computing applications. For this reason the programme required by the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - START level has been adopted. This certificate states that the holder has passed four of the seven tests which represent the basic knowledge about the use of a PC, a word processor, a spreadsheet and the Internet.

Course Content :

The course calls for 32 hours of lessons and 8 hours (optional) of exercises.
The modules of the ECDL Start are the following:

  • Using the Computer and Managing Files (6 hours): the goal of this module is to provide the students with the skills and competence about the basic functions of a personal computer and its operating system. At the end of this part the students shall be able to operate effectively within the desktop environment. He or she shall be able to manage and organise files and directories/folders and know how to copy, move and delete files and directories/folders.
  • Word Processing (8 hours): in this module the students shall understand and be able to accomplish basic operations associated with creating, formatting and finishing a word processing document ready for distribution and advanced features associated with word processing applications such as creating standard tables, using pictures and images within a document, importing objects and using mail merge tools.   
  • Spreadsheets (8 hours): the goal of this module is to illustrate the basic concepts of spreadsheets and the ability to use a spreadsheet application on a personal computer. The students shall be able to accomplish basic operations associated with developing, formatting and using a spreadsheet and standard mathematical and logical operations using basic formulas and functions and some of the more advanced features of a spreadsheet application such as importing objects, and creating graphs and charts.  
  • Information and Communication (6 hours): divided in two sections, the first one, Information, will illustrate how to accomplish basic Web search tasks using a Web browser application, available search engine tools and Usenet, to bookmark search results and to print Web pages and search reports. The second section, Communication, will describe how to use electronic mail software to send and receive messages, to attach documents or files to a message and to organize and manage message folders or directories within electronic mail software. 
  • Presentation (module not required for the exam) (4 hours): in this module the student shall be able to accomplish tasks such as creating, formatting, modifying and preparing presentations using different slide layouts for display and printed distribution. The student shall also be able to accomplish common operations with images, charts and drawn objects and to use various slide show effects.

For a detailed program see the modules 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 of the ECDL's Syllabus ( Detailed program and agenda will be published in the SEDIN board (4th floor, beside room 401) just before the beginning of the lessons.


  • The text book will be communicated during the first lesson and published in the SEDIN Board.


At the end of the course a test will certify the student's basic knowledge in the four modules (Managing files, Word, Excel and Internet).
The University will pay for the skills card (which is an official record of the tests passed so far) and for the first exam of every modules. If a student does not pass the first exam, he or she will has directly to pay for the subsequent tests. The price for each module of exam is 10,33.
The student can find a list of exam dates in SEDIN board.
To attend an exam the student has to sign in advance at the SEDIN secretary's office