The course aims to provide students with adequate knowledge about the elements
that characterize documentation in the digital environment: issues, debate, evolution of
(knowledge and understanding)
The course will introduce students to a critical understanding of the issues and technologies related to the processing of digital documents. This knowledge will be achieved and supported with lectures, seminars, conferences, and will be screened with oral examinations.
(applying knowledge and understanding)
The study of methodologies and the techniques of document analysis will produce an understanding of the structure and content of digital documents and information systems. This knowledge, together with the examination of the main legal issues relating to these realities, will offer document processing skills appropriate to the proper management of documents in digital context.
At the end of the course the students, based on the analytical knowledge of both theoretical and technical system, should have acquired the ability to understand the management problems of an information system as well as to learn the fundamental knowledge for a) information retrieval; b) implementation of a basic digital library system.
At the end of the course, students should have achieved the ability to communicate clearly and to use the appropriate technical vocabulary related to the issues of the course.
The commitment on the theoretical and disciplinary aspects of information science should give students the appropriate methodology and learning skills useful for access to future professions related to communication, journalism, management of cultural heritage.
Basic computer skills.
Course contents summary
Definition of 'document' and 'documentation' in the digital environment. The digital document lifecycle: production, management, preservation.
The course consists of lectures and seminars.
During the lectures the general issues relating to information science and document management will be discussed.
Seminars are designed to specifically explore some topics previously covered in lectures.
Assessment methods and criteria
The oral exam is a final evaluation of the topics covered in the lectures and the
texts listed in course bibliography.
A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course and/or the inability to express oneself adequately.
A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental
contents of the course. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above and also on the basis of the student’s ability in making independent judgments.