COMPUTER SCIENCE (QUALIFICATION)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to achieve a good command in computer and information technology and communication to perform activities of study and work as well as a basis knowledge of the main legal issues linked to the use of the information technology and communication.
The lessons, taking into account the initial basic knowledge of the students, will have as their objective the achievement of competence, skill and autonomy in the use of the IT tool and the main applications.
Lessons on the topics most closely related to the training needs of the students of the Course in International and European Relations (such as, for example, the preparation of the degree thesis, the retrieval of documentation in database and the Internet) will take into account the European framework of the European Computer Driving License (ECDL).
This setting will also allow students to earn a useful training for the eventual preparation of the official ECDL, at one of the accredited test centre.
Course contents summary
The course of Computer Science (Abilità informatiche e telematiche) will focus on the following subjects, for which one can refer to the analytical descriptions contained in the modules of the syllabus for the ECDL certificate (European Computer Driving Licence) according to the indications in the syllabus version 5.0 and following:
- Basic concepts in Information and communication technologies (ICT);
- Computer use and file management;
- Word processing;
- Computer networks, Internet and email;
- Use of databases and legal searches on internet;
- Basic concepts on IT security;
- Outline of the main features of Excel and PowerPoint.
The course will also focus on specific themes relating to the following subjects, which can be taught through in-depth seminars:
- legal protection of software and databases;
- computer crimes; computer forensics; computer investigations;
- the Digital Administration Code;
- computer security and data protection;
- emerging issues related to social networks;
- computer documents; digital signatures and certified email.
The classes will take place using the Microsoft Office 2016 e Windows 10.
In order to prepare for the exam, it is recommended to choose one of the manuals available to prepare the ECDL Full Standard (seven modules). Among the manuals on the market:
TIBONE, La Patente del Computer. Nuova ECDL con Windows 7 e Office 2010, Zanichelli, 2017.
LUGHEZZANI-PRINCIVALLE, Nuova ECDL Base + Full Standard Extension, volume unico, Hoepli, 2017-2018.
Or any other manual useful for the preparation of the ECDL FULL STANDARD (AICA).
Additional resources, in particular regarding online research databases, will be available on the University teaching platform "Elly" (http://elly.giurisprudenza.unipr.it).
In addition, for further study of some theoretical and practical themes: DEL SOLE-SARCINELLA, Appunti di diritto e informatica, currently being published.
For the parts related to the relations between Information technology and telematics and the law, reference can be made, among others, to:
PASCUZZI, Il diritto dell’era digitale, Il Mulino, 2016;
ZICCARDI, Il computer e il giurista, Giuffré, 2018.
Material will be provided to attending students in addition to lessons and manuals.
The course will be taught through lectures and tutorials; distance learning material and exercises will also be provided to attending students.
Seminars may also be organised and some topics in Computer Law and Legal Computer Science may be explored further during the lessons.
Assessment methods and criteria
Theoretical and practical exam.
Attending students may take a mid-term exam.
To take the exam, it is necessary that each student brings with her/him the day of the exam of e-credentials of the University "Appost @ perte", i.e. those formed by: firstname.lastname @ studenti.unipr.it and password.
The exam will take place using computer technology (computers, application programs, databases) and telematics (Internet, websites), and will consist of a practical test and a theoretical test.
The practical test will concern the search for legal documentation in databases, websites and the Internet, and the use of a word processing program, with the related functions.
The theoretical test will be administered through a multiple-choice and open-ended test to be performed on a computer.
WARNING: in case of technical impossibility of using the computer, both the practical test and the theoretical test will take place on paper, with the equivalence of content compared to those supplied by computer.
Students holding a final certificate ECDL take only the part of the exam Computer Science (Abilità informatiche e telematiche) covering the search for documents in databases and on the Internet, while the remaining part of the program will be recognised. Students will have to register via the Internet (in the notes it is to be indicated the ECDL) and to exhibit the ECDL certification on the examination day.