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SWC Lab Orientation


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Welcome to Information Technology at St. Philip's College. These slides will inform you about our computer labs, rules and guidelines, and roles of lab technicians.

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SWC Lab Orientation

  1. 1. Welcome to the Welcome Instructional Technologies Computer Labs SPC/Southwest Campus
  2. 2. Slide Show Tips  The slides will advance automatically.  You may manually go forward or back.  Just click the arrows on the bottom left.  Press the F11 key to make the show full screen.  Press F11 again to return it to a window.  Click the to close the window.
  3. 3. IT Labs There are 4 IT/Multi-Purpose Computer Labs, one of which is an open lab. There are also numerous departmental computer labs for specific programs.
  4. 4. The Role of the Lab Technician  Will assist you on how to use the computer and the software on it.  Will prepare computer lab for suitable educational atmosphere.  Will answer any questions you have about SPC/Southwest Campus.
  5. 5. What a Lab Tech does NOT do!!  Does not do homework or type documents!  Does not sell computer hardware or software!  Does not help with your personal computer or software!
  6. 6. For Help For help with coursework, please see instructor or tutor.
  7. 7. Computers Computers are very powerful tools which can be used for many different applications. Computers are also delicate machines that require constant care. Please don’t abuse them. Please don’t hurt me!!!!!!!!!!
  8. 8. Flat Panel Monitors  Please don’t touch.  They bruise easily!  Permanently!  Expensively!
  9. 9. What is a Network? When computers are linked together, they form a NETWORK. The computer you are currently working on is attached to a network. Each individual computer receives information from one or more computers called SERVERs. Each server performs different and often multiple roles.
  10. 10. Programs You will encounter a wide variety of programs such as:  The Microsoft Office Suite 2007 which includes Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint  Educational software for air conditioning, aircraft, electrical, diesel, drafting and other disciplines  Various other skills software  PALS (Personalized Access to Learning and Services) Keep in mind that what works on one program may not work on another.
  11. 11. For Students  All students are provided email via PALS  In Jan 2006, PALS replaced ePortal  More functionality  More flexibility  More fun
  12. 12. These policies are for visitors, students, faculty, and staff members.
  13. 13.  No children are allowed in the computer labs. College policy prohibits students from bringing their children to classes and laboratories. This policy is to protect the rights of the other students in the class from noise and distraction. See the SPC Student Policy Manual, page 31 or online at Student_Policy.pdf on page 32.
  14. 14.  Pagers must be on silent mode or turned off.  Cellular phones must be on silent or turned off.  Please do not answer phone calls in the computer lab or classroom.
  15. 15.  NO food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs at any time.
  16. 16.  All book bags, purses, briefcases, and coats must be placed on the floor under the table, not in the aisle.  Do not push the on/off switch on the computer.  Do not “Explore” or “Hack” programs on the network.
  17. 17.  Please dispose of all scratch paper and eraser shavings.  When you leave, log off the computer, push in your chairs and make sure the work area is neat.
  18. 18. Be considerate of other students by keeping the noise level down. This is an educational environment. Do not use abusive or inappropriate language.
  19. 19.  Printing is limited to 3-5 pages.  The following are prohibited:  Chat lines, Personal Ads, and E-mail used as a chat line unless used for educational purposes and set up by the instructor.  Pornography.  Do not save anything you want to keep on the hard drive [My Documents or the desktop]. It is periodically cleared of data, and you could lose all your work.
  20. 20. If you DELIBERATELY violate any lab policies, you will receive a warning and your instructor will be notified. A second violation may result in your dismissal from the labs.
  21. 21. Open Lab Hours  When using the Open Lab, you must log in and out at the lab assistant desk. You must show School ID or Driver’s License when requested. Open lab -- MDIC 105 HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For more information, please call 486-7125 or 486- 7149.
  23. 23. USER GUIDELINES You are responsible for appropriate behavior on the college’s computer network, just as you are in classrooms and common areas of the college. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General college rules for behavior and communications apply. You are expected to comply with the college standards, the Lab Rules and Policies already covered and the rules on the following slides. The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. You are advised never to access, keep, or send anything that you would not want instructors, students, or the lab staff to see. These guidelines are based upon the ACCD Acceptable Computer Use policy. See
  24. 24. USER GUIDELINES • Privacy -- Network administrators may review communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that you are using the system responsibly. • Illegal software and copying -- You should never download or install any commercial software, shareware, or freeware onto network drives or disks. Neither should you copy other people’s work or intrude into other people’s files. • Inappropriate materials or language -- No profane, abusive, or impolite language should be used to communicate nor should materials be accessed which are not in line with the rules of college behavior. A good rule to follow is never view, send, or access materials that you would not want instructors, students, or the lab staff to see. Should you encounter such materials by accident, report it to a computer lab technician immediately.
  25. 25. USER GUIDELINES  If you encounter materials that violate the rules of appropriate use, notify a lab technician immediately. The lab technicians are located in building 3, room 113.  You will be held accountable for your actions and will lose your privileges if the User Guidelines are violated.
  26. 26. USER GUIDELINES AGREEMENT Your using the computer means that you have read, understand, and will comply with the User Guidelines. Failure to do so may result in your loss of computer lab privileges.
  27. 27. If so, please ask the Lab Assistant or Technician. Thank You !!
  28. 28. This concludes the Computer Lab Orientation.