Lab Facilities

The following laboratory facilities are available for use by School of Computing and Informatics students.

Beaman Lab

Located on the lower level of Beaman library is a technology lab equipped with 26 20” iMacs configured with 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, and a 600 GB Hard Drive, a document scanner, and a black-and-white printer.  These workstations dual boot to either the Mac X operating system or Windows 7 Enterprise edition.  Under Mac X Microsoft Office 2011 as well as a variety of other productivity and academic software is provided.  Under Windows 7 Microsoft Office 2010 and assorted productivity and academic software is available. This lab is used by classes across the academic curriculum and when not in use by classes is open to any student or employee.   When in use as a classroom, the screen image from the teacher’s station or attached device may be projected for the students to view.  We teach our Web Development I class and some of our Information Systems Application classes in this lab.  The software available for these classes using the Windows 7 environment includes the following:

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Adobe PhotoShop Elements 6.0
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
  • Notepad ++
  • ZipGenius
  • IE and Firefox for web browsers
     

Butler Lab

Located in room 114 in the McFarland Science Building, this technology lab is set up to specifically handle networking classes.  Each student and teacher’s position has two computers. One computer is connected to the Lipscomb Network while the second computer is not connected to any network. The second computers at each station are used to teach students how to set up a network, using resident switches, routers and cabling.   Once a network is built, operating systems are loaded and data transmitted using a blade server which is also resident in the lab.  The laboratory is used exclusively by the School of Computing and Informatics and is also used to teach Web Applications Development, Web Server Technologies (where a web server is set up) and Web Senior Seminar.  The lab is also used as a technology help lab where students may go to receive help with their information technology, web and computer science assignments.  Some of the specialized software available in the lab is listed below:

  • Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash
  • Visual Web Developer
  • Linux
  • Visual Studio 2008 

McFarland 101 Lab

Located in room 101 in the McFarland Science Building, this technology lab has 28 student stations and 1 teacher station with a ceiling projector to display what is on the teacher’s screen to the class.  It has two whiteboards on each side of the screen that can be used for drawing as needed to illustrate graphically some code or to do a manual trace of the code.  It also has a HPLaserJet P4015n printer.  The lab is very accessible to the faculty offices so students can be sent there to work if needed.

The computers in the lab are Dells with the following specs:   AMD Athlon Dual Core Processor, 2.80 Gz, 5400B, 2GB of RAM, 32 bit Operating System.  It runs Windows 7 Enterprise with Service Pack 1.  The lab is utilized by the School for the following uses.

  • A place where we can teach either Future of Computing, Introduction to Programming, Object-Oriented System Design & Programming or Information Systems Application as needed.
  • A place for CS 1041 (a service course offered by our department to the science and mathematics department) is taught.
  • A place for our students to work on their programs, reports, projects, etc.
  • A place for the ITP testing for all students, and in particular our students that have ITP as a pre-requisite for their courses.  ITP is an Information Technology Proficiency requirement that all students must pass.  Failure to pass this by the end of the first semester means auto enrollment in IT 1000 their second semester.
  • A lab in which student enrolled in IT 1000 (Basic computer Literacy course can come and get help and be tested for this hybrid online course). 

It has the following software available to the students for our courses.

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Visual Studio 2008
  • NotePad ++ and NotePad 2
  • IE and Mozilla browsers
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Alice
  • BlueJ
  • Python 2.7
  • GIMP 2
  • Paint
  • SWI-Prolog
  • MatLab—used in CS1041
  • Maple—used in CS1041
  • Minitab—used in Cs1041
  • ZipGenius

Swang Lab

Located on the second floor of Swang is an open PC lab configured with 15 PCs and a printer.  The PCs are Dell Optiplex 740 devices configured with 2.8 GHz AMD Athlon 5400B Dual Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, and a 150 GB Hard Drive.  Each PC runs Windows 7 Enterprise edition, Microsoft Office 2010 and assorted productivity and academic software.  This lab is open throughout the day for any student or employee to utilize.

Hughes Lab

On the Engineering floor of the Hughes Center is a PC lab outfitted with 24 Dell Optiplex 740

PCs.  Each PC is configured with 2.8 GHz AMD Athlon 5400B Dual Core Processor, 2 GB RAM,

and a 150 GB Hard Drive and a printer.  Each PC runs Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and assorted productivity and academic software.  Because of its location Engineering specific software is loaded onto these PCs.  This lab is scheduled for engineering and other classes and also may be used by students and employees when no class is meeting.  When in use as a classroom, the screen image from the teacher’s station or attached device may be projected for the students to view.