Informatics I

Informatics I


Course outline


General Information:


School: Economics & Social Sciences

Department: Business Administration

Level of Studies: Undergraduate

Course code: 105

Semester: A

Course title: Informatics I


Weekly teaching hours: 4

Type of course: mandatory/general background

Prerequisite courses: No

Language of instruction and exams: Greek

The course is offered to Erasmus students: No

Course URL: —


Learning outcomes:

The purpose of the course is for the students to come into contact and get to know the introductory concepts of the main subjects of computer science.


Upon completion of the course, students should be able to know:

-     The basic categories of computers and architecture of computer systems

-     The main introductory concepts of computer networks and Internet services

-     The main introductory data storage concepts

-     Software for business and information systems

-     Internet applications, social networks and business

-     Cyber security

-     Introduction to algorithms and programming languages.


General Skills:

-     Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies

-     Adaptation to new situations

-     Decision making

-     Autonomous work

-     Teamwork

-     Work in an international environment

-     Work in an interdisciplinary environment

-     Generating new research ideas

-     Project planning and management

-     Respect for diversity and multiculturalism

-     Respect for the natural environment

-     Demonstration of social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

-     Development of criticism and self-criticism

-     Promotion of free, creative and inductive thinking

-     Other skills


Moreover, the course aims to develop the following general skills:


-     Critical ability and self-criticism

-     Ability to cooperate

-     Interpersonal skills

-     Search data using the necessary technologies


In addition to technical knowledge, the course “Informatics I” aims to help the student develop more general skills such as:


-     Use of the e-learning systems available at the University of Thessaly

-     Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies

-     Autonomous, as well as teamwork

-     Development of algorithmic thinking

-     Planning and managing group work (projects)


Course Content:

The course includes a number of lectures covering the following topics:


-     Categories of computer systems and computer architecture

-     Laptops, mobile computing, distributed computing, servers, cloud computing

-     Introductory concepts of computer networks and Internet services

-     The concept of computer network

-     Network protocols

-     The structure of the internet

-     Basic internet services

-     Introductory data storage concepts

-     Database systems

-     The relational model

-     The SQL language

-     The XML language

-     Software for business and information systems

-     Business resource planning systems

-     Customer relationship management systems

-     Supply chain systems

-     Social networks and their business use

-     Basic concepts of websites

-     Basic concepts of social networks

-     The use of social networks in businesses

-     Internet safety

-     Dangers on the internet

-     Dealing with risks

-     Introduction to algorithms and programming languages

-     Basic algorithmic concepts

-     Designing simple applications

-     Basic programming commands

-     The Python language





Teaching & Learning Methods - Evaluation

-     Method of delivery: face-to-face & laboratory exercises

-     Use of information and communication technologies: Use of information and communication technologies in teaching, laboratory education, communication with students. Electronic communication with students, learning-process support through the “e-class” online platform.



Activities & Semester Workload

Lectures: 13

Laboratory practice: 26

Study of references: 40

Submission of assignments: 40

Exam preparation: 40

Final exams: 2

Total: 161



Evaluation of students:

Written Examination (WE): 50% of the total grade at the end of the semester in Greek, which includes questions (to develop) knowledge and understanding of the course content.


The marks for each question/topic are listed on the written exam topic sheet.


Laboratory Exercises (LE):  50% of the total grade, which includes solving a laboratory exercise.


To be considered successful, the student's attendance must:


Final Grade (FG) FG= 0.5xFG+0.5xWE to be >=5 while,


the individual WE and LE grades to be >=4.



Recommended bibliography:


Introductory books:

Ανακαλύπτοντας τους Υπολογιστές: Εργαλεία, Εφαρμογές, Συσκευές και οι Επιπτώσεις της Τεχνολογίας, Vermaat Misty, Sebok susan, Freund Steven, Campbell Jennifer, Frydenberg Mark. Κωδικός Εύδοξος  [68373103]


Εισαγωγή στην πληροφορική, Evans Alan, Martin Kendall, Poatsy Mary Anne. Κωδικός Εύδοξος  [77109607]


Introduction to Python:


Μανής, Γ., 2015. Εισαγωγή στον Προγραμματισμό με αρωγό τη γλώσσα Python. [ηλεκτρ. βιβλ.] Αθήνα:Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών. Διαθέσιμο στο:


Αγγελιδάκης, Ν., 2015. Εισαγωγή στον προγραμματισμό με την Python, Ηράκλειο. [ηλεκτρ. βιβλ.] Διαθέσιμοστο: pythonbook/INTRODUCTION_TO_COMPUTER_PROGRAMMING_WITH_PYTHON.pdf