Learning outcomes of the course unit
This first course covers all the introductory (but fundamental ) aspects, necessary to understand the role and the behavior of a computing system: basic structure of a computer, networking and world wide web, operating systems and applications.
Basic knowledge of mathematics
Course contents summary
The main topics that covered during the oral lessons are listed below.
Architecture of a computer
The central process unit (CPU), main memory and mass storage, BUS, peripherals.
Language executor, programming languages, how a program actually works, role and functions of the operating system
Local area network and wide area network, network protocols, client/server architectures, World Wide Web, main services offered by net-based systems
· Power point presentations used during the lessons (handouts) , available on the web site of the course (mandatory)
For those willing to increase their competence on Computer Science and Communication (not required)
· D.Sciuto, G.Buonanno, W.Fornaciari, L.Mari, Introduzione ai sistemi informatici 2/ed, McGraw-Hill, Milano, Italia, Gennaio 2002, ISBN: 88 386 0898-9, Pagine 320.