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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSM0014223, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 2.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination COMPUTER USE
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY

Teacher in charge GIANLUCA CAMPANA M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 2.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 2.0 14 36.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Presidente)
BONATO MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and conceptual skills typically possessed by a student who has achieved a school leaving qualification (e.g. A Level).
In reference to the prerequisites established in the admission test to the Bachelor Degree, the bases useful for benefiting students in understanding the proposed topics are those related to "logical, numerical and verbal skills". Also, is also useful the "mathematical knowledge" that allows a correct understanding of graphs and functions .
Target skills and knowledge: Having adequate computer skills is an essential condition to tackle not only many of the teaching units of the Bachelor Degree course, but also professional and research activities.
The expected knowledge and skills are as follows:
1. Knowledge of basic computer concepts (hardware components, peripherals, software, system and application software, binary system, file management, storage media).
2. Knowledge of basic concepts on computer networks (Internet, information packets, WWW, browsers, security).
3. Ability to use the main features of Word, including elements of document formatting and the use of styles.
4. Ability to use the main features of Excel, including statistical and search functions, simple and advanced filters, Pivot tables, charts.
Examination methods: Assessment of the knowledge and skills learned is carried out through a computer-driven written exam. The exam includes 21 "simple" multiple choice questions and 3 multiple choice questions that require, in order to answer correctly, to perform various tasks with Word or Excel. Through these questions it si possible to assess the correct acquisition of the concepts and of the expected skills that characterize the program of the course.
The time available for responding to all questions is 40 minutes.

Students have to register for the exam session 10 to 4 days before the established date through the Uniweb platform.

For attending students an extra exam session will be administered shortly after the end of the lessons.

The exam program is the same for attending and non-attending students.
Assessment criteria: The purpose of the exam is to assess whether the student has acquired theoretical and practical knowledge. The former evaluated through multiple-choice questions, the latter evaluated through exercises (e.g.: given a data set and an image depicting a graph, reproduce the same graph with Excel).

The evaluation criteria for assessing acquired knowledge and skills are:
1. Completeness of acquired theoretical knowledge.
2. Ability to use the basic functions and some advanced functions of Word and Excel applications.

The correct answer to each "simple" multiple choice question is worth 1, while the answer to each question that requires operations with Word or Excel can be worth up to 3, depending on the degree of correctness. Wrong answers are worth 0.
The exam is passed if the sum of the points is equal to or above 20.
Course unit contents: The following contents are treated:
- Data representation: binary system, bits and bytes.
- Hardware: CPU, RAM and ROM, mass storage, input and output devices, ports.
- Software: system and applications, BIOS.
- Windows OS functionality, disk drive structure, files and folders management, settings and control panel.
- Computer networks: from Arpanet to the Internet, data packets and TCP-IP protocol, WWW, e-mail browser and client, security.
- Word: character and paragraph formatting, use of styles, editing functions (e.e: find and replace), insertion of tables and illustrations, header and footer, creation of tables of contents, correction tools.
- Excel: formatting, search, logic, mathematics and statistics functions, simple and advanced filters, graph insertion, graph formatting and advanced functions.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: For the theoretical part (knowledge to be acquired) the lessons consist mainly of frontal classroom teaching with the help of videos and interactive moments.

For the practical part (skills to learn), the lessons consist of practical exercises at the computer, in particular for using the features of Word and Excel.

All lessons will be held in a computer classroom.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students can use any manual that provides the necessary information for the achievement of the European Computer Driving License (ECDL), in particular the first four modules.

Most of the notions and skills expected can be obtained through the use of the material loaded on the Moodle platform of the course.

An example of one of these texts is presented here.
Flora R. Heathcote & Pat M. Heathcote, Pass ECDL 5. Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, United Kingdom, 2009.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mario R. Storchi, La nuova ECDL piĆ¹ Full Standard 2016. --: Edizioni Manna, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)