The course aims at providing student with knowledge regarding various fundamental aspects of information and communication technologies: algorithms and computational thinking, computer architectures, multimedia information representation, networks and the world wide web.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student shall acquire a broad view of the current information and communication technologies, shall be able to recognize the related technical and social issues, and shall learn to solve simple computational problems through algorithmic approaches.
Lesson period: Second trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The program is focused on the following topics - Algorithms and computational thinking: pseudocode, algorithm performance, tractable and intractable problems - Binary representation of information: integer numbers, characters, ASCII and Unicode - Data and multimedia information: images, sounds, videos, non-compressed and compressed formats - Computer architectures: Von Neumann machine, languages, software, operating systems - Networks and www: internet, communication protocols, www and web2.0
Additional complementary material prepared by the instructor is made available through the web site of the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam consists of a written test, which lasts 90 minutes and is composed of three sections: 1) multiple choice questions, 2) short essay questions, and 3) exercises. Grading is on a scale of 30 and is based on the following aspects: mastering of the course topics, ability to apply the acquired knowledge to solving exercises, logical and critical thinking. Using a scientific calculator is allowed during the test.