cod. 13917

Academic year 2016/17
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni (ING-INF/05)
Abilità informatiche e telematiche
Type of training activity
21 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course studentswill acquire, through laboratory practice, the theoretical and practical skills necessary for writing simple programs in MATLAB.
Applying knowledge and understanding::
Students must be able to analyze simple problems, identify a solution and write short programs to implement the solution on a computer.
Making judgments:
Students will need theoretical and practical knowledge to identify their own solutions to simple problems and express them through the formalisms of computer science.
Communication skills:
students must be able to present their work, documenting it clearly.



Course unit content

The course is divided in two parts: a theoretical part (about 6 hours) and another consisting of of experimental activities (16 hours). \

The theoretical part covers the following topics:
data representation,
computer architecture.

The goal of the practical part is to teach, in laboratory classes, the basic elements of MATLAB programming, as well as the basics of MS Excel programming.

Full programme

Theoretical foundations

- Computer architecture.
- Data representation.
- Basic programming concepts .

MATLAB programming

- Introduction to MATLAB
- Data and variables
- Vectors and matrices
- System functions
- Control structures: if, for, while
- Defining and using functions
- Graphic functions


Suggested textbooks:

Holly Moore
MATLAB for engineers (4th edition)
Prentice-Hall, 2014

William J. Palm III
Introduction to MATLAB for Engineers
McGraw-Hill, 2010

The slides used during the classes and labs will be made available on the web site of the course.

Teaching methods

The theoretical part of the course will be illustrated through lectures using overhead projections. The experimental part will include practical work carried out by the students. These exercises are introduced by a short lecture in which students are introduced to the programming tools that will be used for the exercises. The exercises are carried out by groups of students (no more than two) or by individual students.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is composed of:
- a written test with 5 excercises (3 regarding MATLAB, 1 regarding the flow charts, and 1 on MS Excel
- a lab test in which the student will be asked to write a simple function in MATLAB and a short program that calls the function, and to report the results obtained by running them.

The written test is passed if no more than one error is made in any of the excercises.
The lab test is passed if both the code written and its output are correct.

Other information

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