Free Software and Social Development

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Credits
6
Types
Elective
Requirements
This subject has not requirements, but it has got previous capacities
Department
AC
This course explains the historical development of free software, its causes and being reasons and the influence of this software in society.

Furthermore, the subject has a practical side where the economic possibilities and applications of Linux operating system and software development are explored and, at the same time, the generic skills essential for working in such environments are improved.

Teachers

Person in charge

  • Carlos Alvarez Martinez ( )

Others

  • David López Álvarez ( )
  • Julian David Morillo Pozo ( )

Weekly hours

Theory
2
Problems
0
Laboratory
2
Guided learning
0.4
Autonomous learning
5.6

Competences

Technical Competences

Common technical competencies

  • CT3 - To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the organizational, economic and legal context where her work is developed (proper knowledge about the company concept, the institutional and legal framework of the company and its organization and management)
    • CT3.5 - To identify the use possibilities and benefits which can be derived from an application in the different business software typologies and existent ICT services.
    • CT3.6 - To demonstrate knowledge about the ethical dimension of the company: in general, the social and corporative responsibility and, concretely, the civil and professional responsibilities of the informatics engineer.
  • CT5 - To analyse, design, build and maintain applications in a robust, secure and efficient way, choosing the most adequate paradigm and programming languages.
    • CT5.5 - To use the tools of a software development environment to create and develop applications.

Technical Competences of each Specialization

Information technology specialization

  • CTI1 - To define, plan and manage the installation of the ICT infrastructure of the organization.
    • CTI1.1 - To demonstrate understanding the environment of an organization and its needs in the field of the information and communication technologies.
  • CTI3 - To design solutions which integrate hardware, software and communication technologies (and capacity to develop specific solutions of systems software) for distributed systems and ubiquitous computation devices.
    • CTI3.1 - To conceive systems, applications and services based on network technologies, taking into account Internet, web, electronic commerce, multimedia, interactive services and ubiquitous computation.

Computer engineering specialization

  • CEC4 - To design, deploy, administrate and manage computer networks, and manage the guarantee and security of computer systems.
    • CEC4.1 - To design, deploy, administrate and manage computer networks.

Transversal Competences

Sustainability and social commitment

  • G2 [Avaluable] - To know and understand the complexity of the economic and social phenomena typical of the welfare society. To be capable of analyse and evaluate the social and environmental impact.
    • G2.3 - To take into account the social, economical and environmental dimensions, and the privacy right when applying solutions and carry out project which will be coherent with the human development and sustainability.

Effective oral and written communication

  • G4 [Avaluable] - To communicate with other people knowledge, procedures, results and ideas orally and in a written way. To participate in discussions about topics related to the activity of a technical informatics engineer.
    • G4.3 - To communicate clearly and efficiently in oral and written presentations about complex topics, becoming adapted to the situation, the type of audience and the communication goals, using the strategies and the adequate means. To analyse, value and respond adequately to the questions of the audience.

Objectives

  1. Be able to explain the influence of free software in the society, economy and sustainability.
    Related competences: G4.3, CT3.6, CTI1.1, G2.3, CT3.5,
  2. Be able to explain the essential facts of the history of software from a social and ethical point of view.
    Related competences: G4.3, CT3.6, G2.3, CT3.5,
  3. Be able to develop and collaborate in developing a free software project using the most common tools in the environment.
    Related competences: CTI3.1, CT5.5, CTI1.1, CT3.5,
  4. Understand and be able to use free software tools to handle common tasks in the environment of SMEs.
    Related competences: CTI3.1, CEC4.1, CT5.5, CTI1.1, CT3.5,
  5. Be able to make a public presentation of an idea, project or study communicating your ideas and proposals in a clear, concise and effective way.
    Related competences: G4.3, CTI1.1, CT3.5,

Contents

  1. Free Software and Linux.
    Description of free software and its history explaining the most important facts and analyzing their causes.
  2. Free Software and Society
    Influence of free software in society from an ethical, social, economic and environmental point of view.
  3. Basic administration of Linux operating system
    Explanation of the most common tools for administration (users, systems and network) of the Linux operating system.
  4. Development of free software.
    Explanation of the most common tools and environments used to develop software.
  5. Oral presentations.
    Basic tools to make effective oral presentations.

Activities

Activity Evaluation act


Free Software

Free Software
Objectives: 1 2
Contents:
Theory
8h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
10h

Free Software and Society

Free Software and Society
Objectives: 1 2
Contents:
Theory
8h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
8h

Basic administration of Linux operating system

Basic administration of Linux operating system
Objectives: 3 4
Contents:
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
13h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
18h

Development of free software

Development of free software
Objectives: 3 4
Contents:
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
15h
Guided learning
4h
Autonomous learning
24h

How to make public presentations

How to make public presentations
Objectives: 5
Contents:
Theory
2h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
0h

Theory
10h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
20h

Theoretical Test

Theoretical Test
Objectives: 1 2
Week: 14
Type: theory exam
Theory
1h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
4h

Practical Test

Practical Test
Objectives: 3 4
Week: 14
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
1h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
4h

Teaching methodology

The students will perform al laboratories all those tasks to the practices that they are expected learn. The lectures will introduce the use of social software and its implications and intend to help them develop critical thinking towards decisions to be taken in their work.

In addition students must make a public presentation and develop a free software project idea.

Evaluation methodology

The course is evaluated through theoretical and practical tests, laboratory practices and the public presentation/software project by the following formula:

NF = 0,35 * Prac + 0,3 * (Pres + Proj) + 0,175 * TT + 0,175 * PT

The practical test takes place in the last lab class and the students would be able to use a computer.

Bibliography

Basic:

Previous capacities

The student should have basic programming and system administration skills.

Addendum

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Teaching methodology

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Evaluation methodology

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