Insegnamento a.a. 2015-2016



IT Education Center

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 23
BIG (3 credits - I sem. - OB)
Course Director:

Classes: 23 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

The objective is to provide students with the skills, immediately usable in their studies and fundamental to enter the job market, to collect, process, analyze data and effectively communicate information in order to solve economics, financial and managerial problems and support decision-making processes.

Course Content Summary

The course is divided into three sections that highlight three areas of expertise, integrated one to the other to reach the final objective of the course:

  • LEARN AND UNDERSTAND: become familiar with the most widespread information technologies and tools in business environment, understand their potential and limitations, keep up to date with the state of the art and trends in the field of ICT.
  • PROCESS AND ANALYZE: deepen the application of the spreadsheet to import, structure, process and analyze data, understanding the logics and functions in the solution of business problems, in order to produce meaningful and consistent information according to the intended objectives.
  • SHARE AND COMMUNICATE: effectively use the collaboration and presentation tools to work together on a project, share and communicate effectively the results of one’s work.

The course alternates lessons in traditional classrooms and practice sessions in computer rooms. The practical part of the course, which is predominant, focuses mainly on the use of Microsoft Excel at an advanced level.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

The exam can be taken in two ways: as two midterm exams or as a single general exam.

  • The set of two midterm exams is intended only for students who regularly attend the lessons and specifically refer to the chapters mentioned in the course syllabus. Only first-year students can sit for midterm exams. It is not possible to sit for or repeat midterm exams in the following years.
  • The single general exam is for students who have not sat for or passed the midterm exams. This exam refers to the complete textbook.

In both cases, the exam consists of multiple choice questions and computer exercises. The software used is Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows in English, with regional options and formats set to English (U.S.).


  • Computer skills for economics, second edition, edited by Alberto Clerici, Egea, 2015
  • Excel workbook, edited by Alberto Clerici, Egea, 2015.
For the partial exams: only the chapters mentioned in the course syllabus.
For the general exams: all the textbook.
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)


To register for the Computer skills exam (second midterm or general), you need to have obtained one of the following basic ICT certifications: ECDL Core or Full Standard, IC3 2005 Plus, IC3 GS3. Some advanced certifications are accepted in lieu of the basic ones: ECDL Advanced (all of the four certifications), MOS/MCAS Master.

You can achieve or complete the ECDL directly at the university: Bocconi is an accredited test center for ECDL certifications.

Once you have obtained the certification, it has to be recorded by SEDIN:

  • If the certification is ECDL Core or Full Standard and it was achieved in Italy, this happens automatically;
  • For other certifications among those allowed, or ECDL achieved (entirely or partially) abroad, it is necessary to bring the original certification personally to SEDIN during opening hours.

The deadlines for the achievement of the certification (and the possible submission of documentation) to register for the exams are available on the SEDIN website, in the Prerequisite page. It is highly recommended to achieve the certification before the course of Computer skills starts, because the concepts contained in the basic certifications are taken for granted in the course.

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