Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics

Behavioural Sciences and Scientific Methodology - INFORMATICA

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Name of lecturer
Andrea Sboarina
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
LEZIONI 1° SEMESTRE 1° ANNO dal Oct 19, 2020 al Dec 23, 2020.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of computer science, such as the concepts of algorithm, code and coding, programming language, architecture of a computer. The course also aims to provide basic skills regarding on numerical data processing (using Excel) and research of scientific evidences (bibliographic research using multidisciplinary database as Web of Science and Scopus, and biomedical databases such as MedLine and Cochrane Library). These skills will be useful both for the preparation of the thesis and in a perspective of lifelong learning.


Introduction to the course. The concepts of: data, information and information processing systems.
Information coding and structuring.
From data to information (Exercises)
Information processing.
Languages for information encoding
The hardware infrastructures.
The software infrastructures.
The software applications.
Web applications for the research and assesment of biomedical evidences (Exercises).

Most of the lessons will be delivered remotely via Zoom meeting, two lessons will be delivered in dual mode.
The list of links to the zoom meetings of the lessons with a description of the related delivery methods are available on the teaching moodle space

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Sciuto, Buonanno, Mari Introduzione ai sistemi informatici 5/ed McGraw-Hill 2014 9788838668326

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of two written tests. One test (mainly aimed to verify the student skills) will consist of exercises which have to be taken with the aid of a computer connected to the university network. The other test (mainly aimed to verify the student knowledges) will consist of questions with free-text answers and/or multiple-choice questions. Each exercise /question of both tests will be associated with a score (reported in the text of the exam). The maximum score achievable for each test is 16 points. In order to pass the course, the student must obtain a minimum score of 9 points in each test. The final grade corresponds to the sum of the scores obtained in the two tests up to a maximum of 30. In order to obtain the grade of excellence (30 cum laude) the student should provide correct and comprehensive answers for all the questions of the two tests (the sum of the scores obtained for the two tests should be 32 points).
The two tests will be delivered in presence mode.
The remote mode is however guaranteed for all students who request it in the academic year 2020/21

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