Academic Year 2017/18

School of Industrial and Information Engineering

Degree Programme of:

Engineering of Computing Systems
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)

Como Campus

1. General Information

School School of Industrial and Information Engineering
Code Reference Law360
NameEngineering of Computing Systems
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeL-8 - Information Technology
Degree level Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 3
Years of the programme already activated 1,2,3
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Como
Dean of the School Lozza Giovanni
Coordinator of the Study programme Gianpaolo Cugola
Website of the School
Website of the Study programme

Central Student Office - Como
Address VIA VALLEGGIO, 11 (CO)

2. General presentation of the study programme

The development in the computer science and engineering field and in general in information technology has had an extraordinary impact on the productive, social and economic reality of recent years. These disciplines have in fact become crucial factors in culture and in organisation in modern businesses and many social activities, thus fostering their transformation and innovation. It is in this scenario, which has changed significantly as a result of new technologies, that the study program in Engineering of Computing Systems can be placed. It aims to train engineers equipped with an extensive cultural preparation and capable of developing and using computer methods and tools with an engineering-oriented perception, to face problems that are common to an extremely wide spectrum of applications. The Laurea Degree Program in Engineering of Computing Systems allows students to build professional profiles that are amongst the most requested in the job market.

The Como Campus (Polo Territoriale di Como) of the Politecnico di Milano, offers two alternative didactic tracks of the study program in Engineering of Computing Systems, on site and on line (briefly IOL, for Informatica On Line). They are perfectly equivalent from a didactic quality standpoint: study contents are compatible and in both cases examinations are taken on site. Professors and staff are mostly from the Politecnico di Milano. The IOL track employs an innovative teaching paradigm using advanced e-learning technologies.

Main features and general information on the IOL track. The on line course is equivalent to the more traditional on site one, with the same rights and duties for students. The Board of the Study Program (Consiglio di Corso di Studi, CCS) manages the program regarding both didactic and organizational issues, and is endowed with suitable management and control tools to guarantee the quality of the educational process. Given the particular nature of the IOL teaching form, compared to the other didactic activities offered by the Politecnico di Milano, a Scientific Committee is also in charge of constantly monitoring the general performance and supports the CCS by analysing all the specific factors related to the peculiar teaching form.

Student activity is based on the availability of multimedial material downloadable from the software platform of the course and usable off line as well, on moments of synchronous (e.g. chat) and asynchronous (e.g. forum) interaction with professors and tutors, on periodic tests proposed by professors (following a weekly agenda), on collaborative activities carried out in “virtual classes”, on tutoring activities (both for specific courses and of general type).

Final exams are given on site at the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano.

3. Learning objectives

The highly interdisciplinary nature of information technology and of its countless applications demands a broad cultural background right from Bachelor degree level, both to allow a successful and quick immission into the job market and to form a solid base for the continuation of the studies to higher levels.

The study program is strongly focused on establishing a solid basic preparation, so that students may acquire the essential elements of the scientific disciplines that constitute the indispensable foundations of engineering studies (physics, mathematics, statistics and probability theory). This basic knowledge is acquired during the first four terms.

Computer science and engineering education is completed by the foundational courses of other disciplines of Information Engineering (Systems and Control, Electronics and Telecommunications) and by more specialistic courses of the Information area.

Students who do not intend to continue their studies studies after the Bachelor degree are advised to complete a work placement at one of the numerous companies operating in the regional area, so as to acquire specific professional skills.

4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

Three study levels are available in Engineering of Computing Systems:
1) a three-year Bachelor Degree (Laurea);
2) a two-year Master’s Degree (Laurea Magistrale), after the Bachelor Degree;
3) a Ph.D., after the first two stages, lasting three years.

The Politecnico di Milano also organizes one-year Post-graduate courses, both of first and second level, on specific profession-oriented contents. 

For more detailed information see the Didattica section of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering website:

4.2 Further Studies

The Laurea Degree is a prerequisite for access to Master of Science programs (Laurea Magistrale), 1st level Specialization Degree Courses (Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello) and 1st level Post-graduate courses (Master Universitario di primo livello). The M.Sc. degree is in turn a pre-requisite for access to the Ph.D. program. Access to the next level is subject to an admissions examination.

One-year post-graduate courses of first (qualification required: Bachelor of Science) and second level (qualification required: M.Sc. or equivalent degree), on specific Computer Engineering subjects may occasionally be offered by the Politecnico di Milano.

The M.Sc. program in Engineering of Computing Systems is available both at the Polo di Como site, and at the Milano Leonardo site. Access to the M.Sc. program is subject to an admission examination, following the criteria defined by the Board of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering. The M.Sc. degree is a necessary pre-requisite for access to second level Post-graduate courses (Master Universitari di secondo livello) and to the Ph.D. program.

5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

A Bachelor graduate in Engineering of Computing Systems is a technology expert, capable of designing and implementing information management systems, of automating services in public and private organizations using Internet and Web technologies, of developing multimedia systems, of controlling production systems and other complex industrial systems, of modelling the environment, of automating industrial plants, of implementing applications with robotics and artificial intelligence techniques, of building network architectures, of developing integrated systems and equipment for factory supervision and control.

Bachelor graduates in Engineering of Computing Systems can exercise their profession both in public and private organizations. A state examination is required to enrol in the Professional Register, but, as of current Italian legislation, this is not currently a necessary prerequisite for operating as information technology professionals in the Computer Engineering field neither in the private nor in the public sector.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Computer applications are constantly growing and changing. A Computer Engineering expert must therefore be an engineer with a broad cultural profile, characterised by the ability to solve problems related to advanced engineering applications, but also to handle more traditional applications using well-established technologies.

Career prospects for Computer Engineers at both Bachelor’s and Master’s level are wide ranging and multiple: professional, management and entrepreneur careers are all concrete and attainable possibilities. The ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector is one of the most rewarding for qualified graduates. In particular, the job market in the North-West and in the Lombardy region is especially receptive towards Computer Engineering graduates.

Information Engineers are among the most sought-after pro­fessionals in the Italian employment market. According to a recent survey by the Union of Italian Chambers of Commerce (November 2014), “…a degree in Computer Engineering, particularly for those living or willing to move to Lombardy, represents, even in this troubled 2014 regarding the job market, a good card to play for an employment: of the 530 recruitments of software experts with this degree in Italy, 210, i.e. slightly less than 40% are considered by companies hard to accomplish due to the offer gap (there are more requests than candidates). Among Italy’s regions, Lombardy is the one that has the larger number of difficult recruitments, due to a strong demand. The same situation is observed for the 930 analyst programmer profiles required all over the country in 2014, 300 of which difficult to find. Although not as severe, the difficulty in recruiting informatic programmers (3300 expected recruitments, 650 of which difficult) and software designers (940 expected recruitments, 150 of which difficult), two professions connected with new technologies and open for computer engineers, is still higher than average. In all these cases, Lombardy is always the region where the search for these profiles is more critical.” The same survey also reports that “some engineering curricula are still in 2014 among the most requested - and difficult to find due to lack of offer – degrees. In the first place, computer engineers (5.940 temporary and permanent recruitments expected, 1.310 of which di difficile reperimento). Then, electrical (640 recruitments, 130 difficult) and electronic engineers (1.800 recruitments, 250 difficult).

Prospective professional activities of a Computer Engineer are: the design and creation of information management systems, the automation of public and private services using modern and internet-based technologies, developing multimedia and hypermedia systems, the modelling and control of production processes and complex systems, the development of Information Technology (IT) systems based on joint hardware-software design, robotics, the design of pervasive systems, the development of systems based on artificial intelligence, the design of IT architectures and networked systems.

The Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering trains junior engineers equipped with a broad and solid technical and scientific knowledge, that can master both design and realization methodologies and are capable of keeping the impressive pace of evolution of computer technologies. Graduates with this professional profile are those most appealing to companies, thanks to their flexibility and ability to adapt to the most diverse working and application environments.

Surveys of University Assessment Commission

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

In accordance with Article 6 of the Ministerial Decree 270/04, admission to Bachelor Degree Programs is subject to the possession of a five-year secondary school diploma or similar qualification obtained abroad and recognised as suitable.

6.2 Requested knowledge

An adequate initial preparation (in mathematics, sciences and verbal comprehension), as well as a basic knowledge of the English language (see also Section 7.4), are prerequisites for admission to the Bachelor degree program, as specified in the enrolment guide (Guida all'immatricolazione), which reports a detailed description (syllabus) of the subjects included in the admission test. 

Detailed information concerning the admission test (Test On Line, TOL) are available on the orientation website:

Specific additional didactic obligations (Obblighi Formativi Aggiuntivi, OFA) may be assigned as outcome of the admission test to students with insufficient initial preparation. OFAs must be passed to be granted access to teaching modules offered in the years other than the first.

Students having not passed the admission test, in possession of a secondary school degree by 4 years or more, are granted the possibility of attending the CourseZero (CorsoZero). This is an entirely online course of the duration of approximately 5 weeks on the 3 main subjects of the admission test, i.e. mathematics, physics and verbal comprehension. A final on site test concludes the CourseZero, which, if passed, implies the elimination of the OFAs. In case the CourseZero test is not passed, the student is still given the option of registering for the successive sessions of the TOL admission test.

Further information on the CourseZero are available at:

The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano

6.3 Deadlines

The Academic Senate of the Politecnico di Milano establishes every year the deadlines for enrolment to the study programs and the relative admission quotas. Detailed information is available at the website:

How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano

6.4 Tutoring and students support

Student tutoring has been defined by the law n. 341 of 1990 (“Riforma degli ordinamenti didattici universitari”) as an activity aimed at “orientating and assisting students along the whole course of study, making them actively participate in the educational process, removing all the obstacles towards a fruitful attendance of courses, even with actions tailored to individual needs, personal dispositions and requirements” (art. 13).

The School of Industrial and Information Engineering offers a set of activities aimed at making university studies more proficient and productive, by the aid of both teacher and student tutors, the latter being selected by means of public examinations, annually advertised by the Politecnico.

Tutoring is addressed both to freshmen, who can attend Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science seminars, and to more advanced students, for whom specific seminars on advanced topics are made available every year.

Further information on the available activities can be found on the website of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering: 

and on the orientation website of the Politecnico:

Tutoring services for foreign students.

Politecnico di Milano provides a Tutoring Service to support foreign students of the master degree. The information point is located in via Valleggio 11, Como (2nd floor). For additional information, questions on registration, course selection and career planning or any other inquiries, please visit the webpage on Tutoring Service.


7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

The acquisition of 180 credits is required to obtain the Laurea Degree. More specifically, the requirements include:

  • A minimum of 50 credits of courses in the basic disciplines (mathematics, physics, probability and statistics)
  • A minimum of 60 credits of courses related to the core subjects (computer science, automation, electronics, telecommunications)
  • A minimum of 18 credits for complementary subjects (electrical engineering, economy, logic, etc.);
  • The final examination accounts for 3 CFU credits;
  • A maximum of 10 credits may be earned for an internship. 

More in detail:

  • Basic educational activities (50 – 83 credits):
    • Mathematics, Computer science and Statistics: 38 - 50 credits (SSD ING-INF/05 Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni, MAT/03 Geometria, MAT/05 Analisi matematica, MAT/06 Probabilità e statistica matematica),
    • Physics and Chemistry: 12 - 33 credits (SSD CHIM/07 Fondamenti chimici delle tecnologie, FIS/01 Fisica sperimentale).
  • Core educational activities (60 – 90 credits):
    • Electronic Engineering: 5-15 credits (SSD ING-INF/01 Elettronica, ING-INF/02 Campi elettromagnetici, ING-INF/07 Misure elettriche ed elettroniche),
    • Computer and Automation Engineering: 50-60 credits (SSD ING-INF/04 Automatica, ING-INF/05 Sistemi di elaborazione delle informazioni)
    • Telecommunications Engineering: 5-15 credits (SSD ING-INF/02 Campi elettromagnetici, ING-INF/03 Telecomunicazioni)

7.2 Mode of study

Two different didactic tracks are available: on site and online. They are perfectly equivalent from a didactic quality standpoint.

The course requires full-time attendance and includes lectures and labs. Various additional downloadable materials, a forum, a bulletin board, an agenda, etc., are made available in the online track, as well as synchronous interactive live sessions (involving professors, tutors and students) for specific teaching activities.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

The Laurea Degree Program in Engineering of Computing Systems at the Como Campus comprises a single course option, which covers basic scientific and technical  knowledge (such as, for example, mathematics, physics and chemistry), combining them with the essential elements of the various engineering subjects such as, for example, electronics, telecommunications, automation science, economics and business management. All the main topics of modern IT are broadly and thoroughly covered: from hardware to robotics, from databases to the Web, from artificial intelligence to industrial automation, from computer systems to software engineering.

“Traditional” lessons and practical sessions provide the required theoretical and methodological notions, while the laboratories and practical design activities guarantee the acquisition of professional skills and familiarity with the widest range of technologies. The syllabus of the three-year Laurea Degree program has a solid structure that guides students along a quality learning path, offering a series of options that allows students to individually “personalise” their study program according to their own needs and cultural interests.

The academic regulations of the Laurea Degree program offer the choice of the following teaching modules, according to the half-yearly organisation of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering, totalling 60 credits per year.

1 Year courses - Track: I1A - Non diversificato

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem Credits (CFU) CFU Group

2 Year courses - Track: I1A - Non diversificato

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem Credits (CFU) CFU Group

3 Year courses - Track: I1A - Non diversificato

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem Credits (CFU) CFU Group
085876A,BING-INF/05DATA BASES15.05.0
085923----FINAL EXAMINATION23.03.0


  1. The values in column “Att. Form.” denote the classification attributed to the educational activity according to the Ordinamento Ministeriale: A (basic subjects), B (characterizing subjects), C (complementary subjects).
  2. Please refer to the Career Service website of the Politecnico di Milano for opportunities regarding stages and work placements (
  3. Students may autonomously propose alternative educational activities. The Board of the Study Program is in charge of verifying that autonomous study plans are coherent with the educational scope of the study program.
  4. The Board of the Study Program may decide to offer some courses online or remotely: students will be duly informed of this prior to formulating their study plans.

1 Year courses - Track: IOL - Online track

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem Credits (CFU) CFU Group

2 Year courses - Track: IOL - Online track

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem Credits (CFU) CFU Group

3 Year courses - Track: IOL - Online track

Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem Credits (CFU) CFU Group
085876A,BING-INF/05DATA BASES15.05.0


  1. The values in column “Att. Form.” denote the classification attributed to the educational activity according to the Ordinamento Ministeriale: A (basic subjects), B (characterizing subjects), C (complementary subjects).
  2. Please refer to the Career Service website of the Politecnico di Milano for opportunities regarding stages and work placements (
  3. Students may autonomously propose alternative educational activities. The Board of the Study Program is in charge of verifying thatautonomous study plans are coherent with the educational scope of the study program. 

7.4 Foreign language

A basic knowledge of the English language constitutes a prerequisite for admission. Refer to the "Guides and regulations" section of the Politecnico di Milano website ( for the English language requirements.

Language courses

7.5 Degree examination

The final examination consists of the discussion of an interdisciplinary project, related to the course "Ingegneria del software”, for a total of 3 credits.

The final exam for the Degree follows the prescriptions of the “Regolamento della Prova Finale di Laurea e di Laurea Magistrale” of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering (available on the web site of the School) and of the “Regolamento Integrativo della Prova Finale di Laurea e di Laurea Magistrale” of the Study programme in Computer Science and Engineering (available on the web site of the Study programme).
Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at

8. Academic calendar

The academic calendar is available at:

Academic calendar

9. Faculty

The list of faculty members is made available at the onset of every academic year, and is published on the School’s website:

10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Lessons and labs take place in the two neighbouring buildings located in via Valleggio 11 and via Castelnuovo 7, close to the centre of Como and to the railway station Ferrovie Nord – Como Borghi. Other facilities are available, such as computer rooms, libraries, study rooms, canteens, and sport facilities.

11. International context

The professors of the Laurea Degree are with the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB), which is at the centre of a network of international relations, involving the development of European excellence networks and technological platforms, the definition of joint teaching programs with renowned university institutions all over the world, the creation of international consortia for the realization of multidisciplinary research programs. The Politecnico di Milano also cooperates with several industrial partners for the joint realization of applied research activities and technological transfer.

The various departments of the Politecnico di Milano were subject to an independent peer review process (conducted by 81 experts coming from 52 international universities and research centres) of their research activities in 2007. Overall, the Politecnico di Milano has been evaluated as "good at international level” (grade3 ina range from 1 to 4). Of the 1270 professors involved in the peer review process, 39% belong to research groups that were evaluated as “excellent at international level” and 21% to groups marked as “good at international level”. Several research groups that are involved in the M. Sc. Program in Computer Science and Engineering were evaluated “excellent at international level”, among which

  • Advanced software architectures and methodologies
  • AI, Robotics and Computer Vision
  • Control systems science and engineering
  • Database Management
  • Embedded systems design and design methodologies
  • Information Design of the Web
  • Information systems
  • Operations research and discrete optimization

Joint Masters, double degrees and mobility programs.
Students can access several programs for international mobility. Among the several options, students can spend periods of study abroad with the Erasmus program (as well as other extra-EU special programs), attend international stages in industry or university, achieve a double-degree (Doppia laurea). Detailed information on these opportunities are available at: 

The Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP). The ASP is a school for young talents founded by the Politecnico di Milano and the Politecnico di Torino. The school offers the opportunity to 150 selected students to take part in an advanced program designed to develop the capabilities to design and realize innovation projects in multidisciplinary fields: from science to economy, from society to culture. The ASP hosts a multicultural community of teachers. A close net of relations with private companies and public institutions allows the development of advanced seminars and study projects. ASP students benefit from scholarships and other financial facilities. At the completion of their course of study, students are awarded the ASP diploma together with the M. Sc. degree from both the Politecnico di Milano and the Politecnico di Torino.

M. Sc. in Computer Science, University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). This is a joint M. Sc. Program between the Politecnico di Milano and the University ofIllinois,Chicago, that allows students enrolled at the M. Sc. Program in Engineering of Computing Systems of the Politecnico di Milano to obtain the M. Sc. degree in Computer Science from the UIC as well, and viceversa. Italian students attend the first semester at the Politecnico and the second one at UIC.

T.I.M.E. Top Industrial Managers for Europe. The Politecnico di Milano is one of the founding institutions of the T.I.M.E. Association, that includes the best European technical universities. The Association aims at defining bilateral double degree agreements between members. T.I.M.E. students obtain a M. Sc. degree from the Politecnico di Milano and an equivalent degree from another University, member of the Association.

UNITECH. The UNITECH program aims at integrating in the study curriculum an international experience and managerial studies. The program enables students of the Politecnico di Milano to attend the 2nd year of a M. Sc. Program at one of the European partners of the program. Every academic year, partner Universities select 14 students that intend to follow a semester or a full year abroad and are willing to integrate their education with a stage period, of at least 3 months, at an international company partner, that will provide an adequate salary. Students successfully completing the program are awarded the UNITECH international certificate.

12. Internationalization

Students of the Laurea Degree program in Engineering of Computing Systems at the Como Campus have the opportunity to study in an international environment, where all Master courses are taught in English, and where they can confront themselves with fellow students from other countries. These unique features open international job and study opportunities worldwide for graduates.

The program “Formare Ingegneri stranieri in Italia”, started in October 2005 at the Como and Lecco Campuses of the Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with ICE (Istituto Nazionale per il Commercio Estero), UnionCamere and the Chambers of Commerce of Como and Lecco, has had an important role in bringing foreign students to Como.

By April 2014 the Como Campus of the Politecnico counted some 415 “active” foreign students from over 60 different countries. 135 of these are students of other Universities attending a semester or an entire academic year, or pursuing a second degree according to a “Doppia Laurea” agreement between the Politecnico and their Universities of origin. 59 students hold scholarships of various internationalization programs. These are B. Sc. graduates that decided to continue their education in Como, attracted by the international features of the M. Sc. Programs and the unique characteristics of the Como area. 

Several social activities have sprouted in the resulting melting pot among Italian and foreign students at the Como Campus, such as study groups, cultural trips, sport and musical events, a Sino-Italian language and culture course, etc.

Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at

13. Quantitative data

The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus car­ry out a periodic analysis of the didactic performance related to the teaching activities and of the integration of graduates into the job market. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Evaluation Nucleus at the following link:

14. Further information

Accommodation solutions in Como.
Universitary residences near the Como Campus have reserved lodgings for students of the Politecnico di Milano, enrolled at the Como Campus. Several accommodations are available. Detailed information on the type and cost of the apartments, on the allocation rules, and on other accommodations are available in the Services section of the Como Campus website ( ). Students having the necessary merit and income qualifications can apply for the assignment of an apartment to

Living together. 
The program “Living together: one retired person, one student” ("Abitare insieme: un pensionato, uno studente") has operated in Como since 1999, with the collaboration of the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano, the Insubria University, the ISU, the Sindacato Pensionati, the Auser, the Como Town Council and Como Province. The program allows non-local students to stay in single rooms at the homes of retired Como citizens, at reduced fares. Detailed information on this program are available at the Como Campus website

following the link “Servizi”.

Como town. 
Surrounded by green mountains and facing the lake bearing the same name, the town ofComo displays a surprisingly vast variety of environments and panoramic locations. Its rich historic past can be appreciated in the beautiful architectures of the town centre, such as the Duomo and Sant'Abbondio Church.Como is also renowned for its splendid lake-view villas, hosting celebrities or international events. The rich local economic system is mostly formed by small and medium enterprises, and is extremely active and dynamic. Besides the world famous textile industry, the service industry has also significantly grown in the last years, especially regarding tourism facilities, such as hotels and entertainment. The trading sector is also worth mentioning.

The town is well served by a rich transportation network, including the trains of Ferrovie dello Stato and Ferrovie Nord. By train, the Como Campus is less than 45 minutes away from the Bovisa Campus and an hour away from the Leonardo Campus of the Politecnico di Milano.

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