Last updated: 25 May 2004
The General Development Labs address the needs of:
- students to use software that complements their
course topic or supports other academic interests
- instructors to demonstrate the use of software
- mentors to assist fellow students in their academic studies
- development staff to encourage and promote potential students to
pursue studies in Institute programs or related areas
Institute lab staff, under faculty advisement
concerning academic needs, are responsible for equipping, securing,
configuring and maintaining these labs and the infrastructure supporting
Rooms can be reserved by faculty and staff for special purposes,
such as exams, special presentations, computer camps, and monitored
The layout of desks in some rooms are re-configurable, if there is a need.
- Workstation computers
Our goal is fast, capable computers with ample ports for external
peripherals, network connectivity, large-screen monitors,
high-capacity removable media support, and a
re-imageable local hard disk.
The computer workstations in these labs are designed to be
uniform in functionality. Uniformity allows a student to choose
any available seat to, for example, design, code, and test
programs and databases, and/or create documents and spreadsheets.
The network provides connectivity to Institute servers, including
login and file storage servers, as well as to other computers worldwide
via the Internet.
The workstations support the core curriculum and some of the
coursework of the electives; consequently, they have many software
applications installed that are of broad applicability.
Software such as the operating system, web browsers,
secure file transfer, and office-type software (e.g.,
word-processing and spreadsheet) form the base level.
On top of this is software that is related to coursework or has great
utility in doing coursework, such as compilers, editors, remote
access mechanisms, graphics programs, math programs, and database
access clients. None of this software is designed to be changed by
the user, and some of the software has restrictions on its use.
Course-related software is generally recommended
by the faculty. All software is licensed, installed, configured
and maintained by Institute lab staff.
|25 May 2004