cod. 1000560

Academic year 2016/17
4° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

Module I:
The aim of the course is to provide the students with a theoretical
introduction to computer legal science, from both a cultural and a
scientific point of view. Learning outcome: - Knowledge and undestanding
of the use of IT in the law.

Learning outcome:
- Knowledge and undestanding of the use of IT in the law.

Module II:
The course aims to achieve a good command in computer and information technology and communication to perform activities of study and work.
The lessons and exercises in the Laboratory and through the use of information technologies, taking into account the initial knowledge base of students, will have as their objective the achievement of competence, skill and autonomy in the use of the software tool and the main applications in view of the formation of the jurist.
The aspects most closely linked to the legal sector (forexample, drafting a thesis in law, finding legal precedents and normativereferences, the editing of legal proceedings and knowledge of essentialpaths in future “data transmission processes”) will be within the program provided, at European level, to pass the ECDL test (ECDL - European Computer Driving Licence).
This setting will also allow students to earn a useful training for the eventual preparation of the official ECDL, at one of the accredited test centre.


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Course unit content

Module I:
- privacy and data protection. - digital document and digital signatures; -
telematic trial; - social network sites; - deterritorialization, destatalization,
dematerialization of law

Module II:
The course will focus on the following subjects, for which one can refer tothe analytical descriptions contained in the modules of the syllabus for the ECDL certificate (European Computer Driving Licence) according to the indications in the syllabus version 5.0:
- Basic concepts in information technology (ICT);
- Computer use and file management;
- Word processing;
- Computer networks, Internet and email;
- Use of databases and legal searches on internet;
- Basic concepts on IT security;
- Outline of the main features of Excel and PowerPoint.
For students attending, the course will also focus on specific themes relating to the Computer law and legal computer science subjects: legal protection of software and databases; computer crimes; computer forensics; computer investigations; computer documents; digital signatures and certified email.

The practice will take place using the Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 8.

Full programme

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Module I:
G. PASCUZZI (ed.), Il diritto dell'era digitale, il Mulino, Bologna 2016: -
Introduzione pp. 13-30 and 32-39; - Captiolo 1 pp. 43-75; - Capitolo 2 pp.
77-94; - Capitolo 9 pp. 197-206; Capitolo 10 pp. 209-214; - Capitolo 15
pp. 269-273; 278-288; - Capitolo 18 pp. 323, 331-332; - Capitolo 19 pp.
333-339; - Capitolo 20 pp. 341-344; - Capitolo 20 pp. 345-347; -
Conclusioni p. 357

Mod. II:
In order to prepare for the exam it is recommended to choose one of the manuals available to prepare the ECDL Full Standard (seven modules). Among the manuals on the market:
TIBONE, La patente del computer. Nuova ECDL, Zanichelli, 2014.
LUGHEZZANI-PRINCIVALLE, Nuova ECDL 1-2: ECDL Base-ECDL Full Standard Extension, in 2 volumi, Hoepli, 2014.
Or any other manual useful for the preparation of the ECDL FULL STANDARD (AICA).
Additional resources regarding online legal research databases will be available on the University teaching platform "Elly" (

In addition, for further information on Computer law and Legal computer science: DEL SOLE-SARCINELLA, Appunti di diritto e informatica, currently being published.
During the lessons, notes and material will be provided to students attending.

Teaching methods

Module I:
Lectures directed to give a theoretical outline of the legal computer

Module II:
The course will take the form of traditional lessons, and practice in the Computer Laboratory. Seminars may also be organised during the course.
For students attending the course: some topics in Computer law and Legal computer science may be explored further during the lessons.
Mid-term tests will be carried out for students who attend the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module I:
Written multiple choice test, consisting of 15 questions. The aim of the
test is to check the degree of knowledge and undestanding of the issues
addressed in the handbook and lessons. The students will earn 2 points
for every correct answer. The pass mark is 18 (9 correct answers). The
students may answer a further oral question.

Module II:
Theoretical and practical exams.
Only students who have passed the test on the Module I (Prof. Zanichelli) can take the test on Module II (Profs. Del Sole and Sarcinella).
The student, you sign up via the Internet, will do before the test on the Module I; in case of a positive outcome he/she will be admitted to the test on the same day the exam on Module II. There will be a final assessment on thirty, resulting outcome of both tests and possible integration oral final.
The student, who have passed the test on Module I, does not attend the same day the test on the Module II, will have to retake the entire exam.
The student, who has passed the test on Module I, undertakes the same day the test on Module II and does not pass it, may keep the positive outcome of the test on the Module I and retake the test within six months only on the Module II. Expiry of the period of six months, the student should retake the entire exam.
Students holding a final certificate ECDL (seven modules) may do only the part of the examination covering the search for legal documents in databases and on the Internet, while the remaining part of the program of the module II of Legal computer science will be recognised; in this case, students will have to register via the Internet (in the notes it is to be indicated the ECDL) and present the ECDL certification on the examination day.
To take the exam, it is necessary that each student brings with him/her the day of the exam of e-credentials of the University "Appost @ perte", i.e. those formed by firstname.lastname @ and password.

Other information

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