Introduction to Computing - Laboratorio (2005/2006)

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Name of lecturer
Federico Fontana
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Zero period: only for the first year of the course dal Sep 19, 2005 al Oct 10, 2005.

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Lesson timetable

Zero period: only for the first year of the course
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM practice session Laboratory Delta  
Tuesday 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM practice session Laboratory Delta  
Friday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM practice session Laboratory Delta  

Learning outcomes

The Laboratory of basics of computer science integrates the course named Introduction to Computing, by proposing a critical approach to the use of the computer with emphasis on the Linux operating system. Of this system, the filesystem organization is introduced along with the accessing functionalities to the local as well as the network and multimedia resources.


1. First steps with Linux
1.1. Preliminaries
1.2. System login
1.3. Basic commands
1.4. Executing a program
1.5. The manual

2. Linux filesystem
2.1. Basics
2.2. Virtual File System

3. Shell commands on text files and basic text editing
3.1. Standard flow redirection
3.2. File archives
3.3. Basic text editing
3.4. Text editing from the shell

4. The Shell
4.1. Which shell?
4.2. Programming the shell
4.3. Constructs of the shell language

5. Simple client/server services
5.1. Network host communication
5.2. Client/server protocols
5.3. Access to remote resources
5.4. Basic conditions for connectivity
5.5. Elementary services
5.6. Evolution of elementary services

6. Structure and use of multimedia commands
6.1. Visualization, management and printing of documents
6.2. Image manipulation
6.3. Playing audio
6.4. Rappresentation of video sequences

7. Internet
7.1. Main application
7.2. Types of connection
7.3. Browsing the World Wide Web
7.4. E-mail

The students will work with pc's available in the lab. Exercises will be proposed to the students to understand how to use the available resources.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Vincenzo Manca Metodi Informazionali (Edizione 1) Bollati Boringhieri 2003 8833957152

Assessment methods and criteria

Integrated within the questionnaire of the course Introduction to Computing.

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