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Academic Computing Services
S800, 713-221-8400 • www.uhd.edu/computing
The University of Houston-Downtown provides state-of-the-art computing equipment and software to its students, faculty, and staff. The university offers wireless computing services campus-wide (www.uhd.edu/wireless) and wireless printing for students (www.uhd.edu/printwireless) as well as computer lab environments and a technology commons to support general student lab and classroom computing needs.
The Academic Computing Labs are located in Suite 800-South in One Main, Suite C300 in the Commerce Building, Suite B206 in the Shea Building, and Suite B12.353 at UHD Northwest. Several electronic classrooms are available within these labs, as well as within the Technology Teaching & Learning Center (A700). There are more than 900 computers represented in these areas, as well as several laser printers, scanners and laptops for student checkout (available in S800, C300 and B200). Laptop lounges featuring comfortable chairs with built-in tables are available in S800 and B200 for student use. All labs have similar capabilities and support as the computer lab in Suite 800-South. The computer labs are available to serve all students, faculty and staff. Most computers in these labs are equipped with the same software.
The Technology Commons area is located in Suite B200 in the Shea Street Building. In addition to a 44-seat computer lab, and several PCs in the general Commons area, there are 70 laptops available for students to checkout for use in the Shea Street Building. Students can sit and relax in the Technology Commons area in leather chairs with built-in tables. There are also three electronic classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Shea Street Building including two inside the Technology Commons. These classrooms are utilized primarily for academic classes but are often opened as lab space when not occupied by classes. In addition, a general use computer lab is also available in room B206.
Each of these facilities (S800, B200, C300 and B12.353 at Northwest) is available to any currently enrolled students, has several electronic classrooms as part of the facility, and provides special devices to aid students with disabilities. The Student Technology Services group, which manages and operates the labs, also provides documentation as well as group and individual consulting to its constituents. Laptops are available for short-term student checkout in S800, B200 and C300. Presentation systems equipped with computers and projectors are also available in the electronic classrooms.
The Academic Computing Lab hours in S800 are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The C300, B200 and B12.353 at Northwest labs are open Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 9 pm, Friday 8 am to 5 pm, and closed Saturday and Sunday. Extended support hours are also available through the Help Desk (713-221-8031) to faculty, staff & students Monday through Sunday. More information about the computing labs is available at www.uhd.edu/acl.
Special purpose labs are also available to students. The Department of Engineering Technology maintains several computer labs. The Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences has eight computer classrooms of PCs for instruction in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. The Department of Natural Sciences has a Science Learning Center that contains two electronic classrooms, and a Science and Technology Demonstration Laboratory. The College of Business and the Departments of Arts & Humanities, English and Social Sciences also have several computer labs. The Academic Support Center also offers learning support software for individual work in developing reading, writing and mathematical skills. There are over 45 specialized departmental computing labs that service subject-specific needs.
Students can also download free software such as McAfee Virus Scan and Identity Finder for use at home, as well as specific applications from Microsoft through DreamSpark. In addition, discounted software and hardware is offered to UHD students via special links accessible from www.uhd.edu/computing/acl/discounts.html.
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Last updated or reviewed on 8/28/13