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Academic Year 2018/2019 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff: Lucia LO BELLO and Gaetano PATTI
Credit Value: 9
Scientific field: ING-INF/05 - Information processing systems
Taught classes: 42 hours
Exercise: 45 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide knowledge about:

-Information representation inside computer systems, computer architecture, base software, operating systems, algorithms, programming languages, compilers, interpreters, and computer networks;

- Structured programming and C programming. Development of C programs for complex data structure management (archives, libraries, etc.).

Course Structure

Lectures. Lab exercises.

Detailed Course Content

Information Representation: Numbering systems and conversion algorithms. Integer and floating point numbers.(*)

Computer architecture: The computer structure: central memory, central unit, elementary operation of the computer. (*)

Operating System: Translation and execution of programs. Programming Environment. Compilers vs. interpreters. Operating System. (*)

Algorithms and Programs Automatic data processing. Algorithms and programs. Programming languages. The design of a program. (*)

Computer Networks and the Internet Computer networks. Local area networks. Wide area networks. Internet and the most popular network applications.(*)

The ‘’C’’ programming language: syntax and semantics : Control: Assignment. Control structures. Data Types in C: simple types (int, char, float, double) and structured (arrays and strings, structures). The pointer type. Functions. Scope of identifiers. Declarations and scope of identifiers. Local variables, global and static. Techniques for binding of parameters. Recursion. Files: text files and binary files.(*)

Sorting and searching algorithms : Sequential and binary search. Sorting algorithms. (*)

Dynamic memory allocation (*)

Data Structures : Lists (*) Stacks, Queues and Trees.

Textbook Information

  • A. Bellini, A. Guidi, "Linguaggio C - guida alla programmazione", 4a Ed o 5a Ed., McGraw-Hill
  • Lecture notes compiled by Prof. Lo Bello. Avalable online: