LEGAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of the course is to provide the students with a theoretical introduction to legal computer science, from both a cultural and a scientific point of view.
- Knowledge and undestanding of the use of IT in the law.
The course aims to achieve a good command in computer and information technology and communication to perform activities of study and work.
The lessons and exercises in the Laboratory and through the use of communication technologies, taking into account the initial knowledge base of students, will have as their objective the achievement of competence, skill and autonomy in the use of the software tool and the main applications in view of the formation of the jurist.
The aspects most closely linked to the legal sector (for example, drafting a thesis in law, finding legal precedents and normative references, the editing of legal proceedings and knowledge of essential paths in future “data transmission processes”) will be within the program provided, at European level, to pass the ECDL test (ECDL - European Computer Driving Licence).
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.
The students must have passed Philosophy of Law.
Course contents summary
-The origins of the computer.
- World Wide Web.
- Legal computer science and Information Technology Law.
- Digital Public Administration.
- Digital document, digital signatures, certified e-mail.
- Telematic civil trial.
- Computer Forensics.
- IT privacy and security. - Netiquette. - Creative Commons.
- Basic concepts in information technology (ICT);
- Computer use and file management;
- Word processing;
- Computer networks, Internet and email;
- Main functions of spread sheet programmes, databases.
- Cyber law and use of databases and legal searches on internet;
IT security; legal protection of software and databases; computer crimes;
computer forensics; computer documents; digital signatures and certified email.
G. ZICCARDI, Informatica giuridica - Manuale breve, Giuffrè, Milano 2008, capitoli I (pp. 7-16), V (pp. 43-47), VIII (pp. 69-74), IX (pp. 77-86), X (pp. 89-91), XI (95-103), XIV (pp. 125-129), XV (pp. 135-139), XVI (pp. 143-152), XVII (pp. 155-161), XVIII (pp. 165-171), XX (pp. 181-194), XXI (pp. 199-212), XXII (pp. 215-228), XXIII (pp. 231-235), XXVIII (pp. 343-355),XXIX (pp. 359-363).
ECDL Syllabus 5.0 - La guida McGraw-Hill alla Patente Europea del Computer, Versione Windows Vista, Office 2007, Milano, McGraw-Hill, 2009;
BACCALINI, ECDL con ATLAS. La guida McGraw-Hill alla Patente Europea del Computer, Milano, McGraw-Hill, latest ed.;
TIBONE, L’esame per la patente del computer con CD-ROM, Bologna, Zanichelli, latest ed.;
PEZZONI-PEZZONI-VACCARO, La patente europea. Guida completa, Segrate (MI), Mondadori Informatica, latest ed.
- DEL SOLE-SARCINELLA, Appunti di diritto e informatica, forthcoming
Traditional classes, directed to give a theoretical outline of the legal computer science.
The course will take the form of traditional lessons, and practice in the Computer Laboratory. Seminars may also be organised during the course.
For students attending the course: some topics in Cyber law and Information technology law may be explored further during the lessons.
Mid-term tests will be carried out for students who attend the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
multiple choice test, consisting of 15 questions. The aim of the test is to check the degree of knowledge and undestanding of the issues addressed in the handbook and lessons.
The students will earn 2 points for every correct answer.
The pass mark is 18 (9 correct answers).
The students may answer a further oral question.
Theoretical and practical exams.
Only students who have passed the test on the Module I can take the test on Module II.
The student, you sign up via the Internet, will do before the test on the Module I; in case of a positive outcome he/she will be admitted to the test on the same day the exam on Module II. There will be a final assessment on thirty, resulting outcome of both tests and possible integration oral final.
The student, who have passed the test on Module I, does not attend the same day the test on the Module II, will have to retake the entire exam.
The student, who has passed the test on Module I, undertakes the same day the test on Module II and does not pass it, may keep the positive outcome of the test on the Module I and retake the test within six months only on the Module II. Expiry of the period of six months, the student should retake the entire exam.
For the recognition of the related credits, the students holding a certificate ECDL should register via the Internet and attending on the day of the exam, and they have to exhibit the certificate.
To take the exam, it is necessary that each student brings with him/her 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.