22 October 2017

Collegio Volta is offering a single level German Course aimed at DSH1/DSH2 level, the level required required for access to Erasmus scheme.  Interested students are requested to confirm their willingness to enrol by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., a College student and a native German speaker who will teach the Course, before the 27th of October.  The Course will be free (no enrolment fee).

C Neiddhöfer will arrange online placement tests for the students enrolling in the Course during the 1st week of November. The Course will involve 2 hours of teaching a week either on Monday or Wednesday for 20 weeks (40 hours in total). It will start in week beginning on Monday the 13th of November and will run until the end of April with breaks for: Christmas (2 weeks), February examinations (3 weeks) and Easter (1 week).

Further information about German teaching can be found on the College web page in the relevant page of the section on Language Studies and in the further page of the section on College Courses.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 October 2017

Collegio Volta is inviting students interested in the College English Courses to state their interest by sending an email to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Friday the 27th of October. The English Courses are supported by EDiSU, are run by qualified teachers provided by a local organisation and, for the first time, they will be free (no enrolment fee).

The College will offer Courses at two levels in the B1, B2 and C1 range and the final choice of the levels taught will depend on the results of placement tests of the students enrolled.  Placement tests are paid by College and will be carried out in the 1st week of November on the University of Oxford language server.  College does not offer C2 English because a C1 level is sufficient for gaining access to postgraduate Courses at top British and US Universities and for securing competitive graduate positions in the job market.

The Courses will involve 2 hours of teaching a week either on Monday or Wednesday for 20 weeks (40 hours in total). They will start in week beginning on Monday the 13th of November and will run until the end of April with breaks for: Christmas (2 weeks), February examinations (3 weeks) and Easter (1 week).

Further information about German teaching can be found on the College web page in the relevant page of the section on Language Studies and in this further page of the section on College Courses.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 October 2017

Collegio Volta is offering a single level German Course aimed at DELF B1/DELF B2, the level required required for access to Erasmus scheme.  Interested students are requested to confirm their their enrolment by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., a College student and a native French speaker who will teach the Course, before the 27th of October.  The Course will be free (no enrolment fee).

IR Ouandji will arrange online placement tests for the students enrolling in the Course during the 1st week of November. The Course will involve 2 hours of teaching a week either on Monday or Wednesday for 20 weeks (40 hours in total). It will start in week beginning on Monday the 13th of November and will run until the end of April with breaks for: Christmas (2 weeks), February examinations (3 weeks) and Easter (1 week).

Further information about French teaching can be found on the College web page in the relevant page of the section on Language Studies and in this further page of the section on College Courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 October 2017

Collegio Volta is pleased to welcome Stefano Perlini, University lecturer in Clinical Medicine, and support his innovative teaching in medical simulation. 

Medical simulation has a growing role in the medical curriculum and is now widely utilised at many Medical Schools worldwide.  Prof S Perlini has pioneered this approach in Italy several years ago introducing classes in both the Golgi and Harvey Medical Courses of the University of Pavia. In 2015/16 and 2016/17 held his medical simulation classes at Collegio L Valla.  From 2017/18 the classes will be held at Volta where S Perlini relies on the enthusiastic support of the large number of medical undergraduates studying at Volta and the direct involvement of several Volta undergraduates , ie P Balagna and H Alhellani, in the teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 October 2017

A few students have asked clarification of certain College Rules & Regulations. The majority of these were discussed in a general meeting on October 3rd but College accepts the fact that a number of freshers joined Volta at a later date, hence this notice.

The College website contains a full section of College Rules & Regulations, accessible from the home page (the first item under the menu College at the bottom of the page, and detailing general rules as well as specific ones (house, libraries, IT, Health & Safety, etc). All students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this material, specially so the students who could not attend the meeting on October 3rd.

A popular query concerns parties. This is covered of course in the above documents. As a rule of thumb College requires advance notice on a form available from the College Office and the Porter's Desk specifying date, start and finish time, number of participants, music or not and names and surname of any external guest (the latter is a Health & Safety requirement).  The student(s) proposing the party takes on him/herself financial responsibility for any damage that might result to College property and additional responsibility for room cleaning and safe disposal of extra waste generated by the party. Parties, as defined by College Rules & Regulations involve in execss of 10 participants and may not be held in students' flats (on Health & Safety grounds). They are typically held in so-called breakfast rooms or other communal rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 October 2017

The College offers a 12 hours Course on computer coding. Volta subscribes to the view that a basic understanding of computer coding is required not only by coding professionals but by a large number of people whose work would considerably benefit from the implementation of some original code and that a basic knowledge of computer coding ought to be a component of the essential computer literacy of every University student.  The College therefore encourages all/most of its students to attend.  Extra details of the Course can be found at this page and the poster of the Course can be downloaded here.

 

Course outline

The web programming course aims to show to the students that programming and creating webapps is not as complex as it may seem. After the completion of the course every student will have built a simple yet functional web application: a personal blog powered by Python programming language by means of the Model-View-Control web framework Django. The project will be worked out by bits and pieces in an interactive approach: students code on their own laptops during the lesson, where a coaching approach is taken by the lecturer. The topics span from basic programming, design patterns and simple algorithms, up to general utilities and concepts as: HTTP requests, HTML and CSS markup, regular expressions, the Model View Control paradigm and database usage.

 

Course schedule

The Course will be offered by MSc graduate Pavlo Burda in seminar room 3 (North wing) on the dates and times listed below.

(1) Bootstrap: Python e Django (installation and use). Thursday Oct 19 6.00-8.00 pm

(2) Object-oriented programming: a database-driven approach. Tuesday Oct 24 6.00-8.00 pm

(3) Design Pattern: Model-View-Controller architecture. Thursday Oct 26 6.00-8.00 pm

(4) Template with HTML e CSS. Tuesday Oct 31 6.00-8.00 pm

(5) Extension and development. Thursday Nov 2 6.00-8.00 pm

(6) Project sum-up. Tuesday Nov 7 6.00-8.00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 October 2017

The College offers a 12 hours Course on LaTeX, a powerful - and free - application currently used by a large number of students for writing their dissertation, research papers, reports, books, etc.   More details about the Course can be found at this page and the poster of the Course can be downloaded here.

 

Course outline

The LateX course aims to introduce the students to the de facto standard document formatting and typesetting system in academia, and enable them to use it as quickly as possible to deliver high quality technical and scientific documentation. The covered topics start with a presentation of the principles behind LateX approach: the separation of presentation and content. Then a set of essential rules and tools are illustrated and applied in class exercises to produce a typical scientific article. At the end, more advanced, but very convenient instruments and methods are proposed: tables, graphics and presentations. Every lesson will be based on "you see, you do" principle, where students apply on their machines what has just been showed to them.The LateX compiler and renderer to be used through the course is the online service OverLeaf (https://overleaf.com/about) and the entire course will be substantially based on the MIT-licensed short course of Dr Lees-Miller University of Bristol (https://github.com/sgolovan/latex-course).

 

Course schedule

The Course will be offered by MSc graduate Pavlo Burda in seminar room 3 (North wing) on the dates and times listed below.

(1)  Introduction - Contents (with equations). Wednesday Oct 18 6.00-8.00 pm

(2). Document structure(s). Monday Oct 23 6.00-8.00 pm

(3). Tables, figures and references. Wednesday Oct 25 6.00-8.00 pm

(4). Presentations. Monday Oct 30 6.00-8.00 pm

(5). Graphics and illustrations. Monday Nov 6 6.00-8.00 pm

(6). Practical exercise. Wednesday Nov 8 6.00-8.00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 October 2017

Web design is no longer the task of a few professionals. It is an activity that - at some point or another - will involve the vast majority of people, especially graduates. Mastering the basics of web design, therefore is a fundamental component of computer literacy.  The College offers a 12 hours Course in web design open to all students and aiming at providing key principles and basic practical knowledge. More details about the Course can be found at this page and the poster of the Course can be downloaded here.

The Course will be offered by MSc student Antonio Contino in the main College lecture theatre on the dates and times listed below,  Students are advised to bring their laptop computer to these classes.

(1) Introduction to web design. Basic tags. Fundamentals of HTML and CSS. Index HTML. Monday 16 October, 6.00 pm

(2) HTML and CSS.Structure of web pages. Responsive. Wednesday 18 October, 6.00 pm

(3) Javascript. Pop-up menus. Monday 23 October, 6.00 pm

(4) Graphics. Tables. Media. Wednesday 25 October, 6.00 pm

(5) Advanced CSS. Javascript. Monday 30 October, 6.00 pm

(6) Botstrap and jQuery. CMS: Wordpress. Wednesday. 31 October, 6.00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 October 2017

The College is pleased to announce its first official concert, which will take place on Wednesday the 12th of October in the Aula del Quattrocento on the main University site (Largo Leonardo) at 9.00 pm.

The concert features three distinguished Italian artists: Claudio Zampetti (piano), Nicola Zuccalà (clarinet) and Giuseppe Faraone (solo voice) and includes music by B Kovacs, WA Mozart, V Bellini, F Liszt, FP Tosti, E Di Capua, R Schumann and F Mendellsohn.

All Volta students are expected to join the concert and College would like to express special thanks to the two students who have made the concert possible: P Pugliese and P Balagna. The College is grateful to Acersat for financial support toward the concert.

Image: Claudio Zampetti, the piano artist playing in the College concert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 October 2017

The College would like to thank the 13 students who have expressed an interest in the library service and would like to to confirm that the following students have been appointed:

Semester 1 (October 2017 - February 2018):   A Barone and AA Khan
Semester 2 (March 2018 - July 2018):  F Cervellera and M Giudice

Service will be from Monday to Friday 6.00 to 7.00 pm in the small office adjacent the board room (Rettorato) and involves book and dvd loans, classification of new book, etc. During the current academic year the College will also re-arrange the layout and content of the two College libraries and students involved in the library service will play an important role in this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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