COMPUTER ENGINEERING Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in COMPUTER ENGINEERING
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. ENZO MINGOZZI
Department of INGEGNERIA DELL'INFORMAZIONE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Maria Greco
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The Bachelor's degree program in Computer Engineering is designed to prepare students with a sound cultural background based on proficiency in different engineering areas and strong computer science expertise. Courses are intended to provide participants with the skills needed to design, install and maintain computer systems and computer networks, software applications, industrial automation systems, management information systems, integrated processing and control systems. The Computer Engineering graduate is mainly an Engineer as well as a good IT Professional.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the First Cycle Degree Programme in Computer Engineering will be able to:
design, install and maintain computer systems and computer networks, software applications, industrial automation systems, management information systems, integrated processing and control systems.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Graduates of this degree are qualified to work inside information technology companies specialized in the computer hardware and software production and inside industrial automation industries as well as inside all kind of enterprises using information systems and computer networks for internal production and management processes. They will also be able work as freelancers or independent contractors mainly for the development of digital control systems for specific applications. Moreover, the Program will provide the students with the necessary requirements for academic advancement in the computer engineering and automation field.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in COMPUTER ENGINEERING normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The Final Project foresees a word load of 3 ETCS credits (corresponding to 75 hours).
It can lead to an oral dissertation or to a written thesis.
The project must reflect the successful fulfillment of the educational goals embodied in the student's i