Academic Computing Labs

The ITS department provides academic computing lab services to support the curriculum taught at the University. Faculty often reserve labs to provide hands-on experience for their students. 

Access to the computers is handled by user code and password.

All computers in all labs contain the exact same computing image and allow students who frequently use a specific lab for their course to utilize any other lab available.

When classes are not using the labs, current students with a valid ID may use the classes for academic-related work. In total there are over 117 computers available for usage.

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    Policies

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    Courseware

    The installation of software is prohibited by all users. Faculty may request the installation of courseware eight weeks in advance of the start of the semester. More information for faculty is detailed in the Courseware Installation and Removal Policy listed below.

    The following software is available in all Academic Computing Laboratories:

    64 Bit HP CIO Components Installer (21.2.1)
    AC3Filter 2.6.0b (2.6.0b)
    ACD/Labs 2018 Desktop Software in C:\ACD2018FREE\
    ActivePerl 5.28.1 Build 0000 (64-bit) (5.28.0000)
    Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (19.012.20040)
    Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin (11.1.102.55)
    Adobe Flash Player 32 PPAPI (32.0.0.238)
    Alice 3 3.5.0.0+build229 (3.5.0.0+build229)
    Audacity 2.3.2 (2.3.2)
    CutePDF Writer 3.2 (3.2)
    Elluminate Plan! 2.1 (2.1)
    Examplify (2.0.2)
    FileZilla Client 3.44.2 (3.44.2)
    GIMP 2.10.12 (2.10.12)
    Google Chrome (77.0.3865.90)
    Google Earth Pro (7.3.2.5776)
    Google Update Helper (1.3.34.11)
    GPL Ghostscript (9.27)
    GSview 5.0 (5.0)
    IBM SPSS Statistics 26 (26.0.0.0)
    IDEA 9.2 (9.2.0.630)
    Intel(R) Processor Graphics (26.20.100.6860)
    Java 8 Update 221 (8.0.2210.11)
    Java Auto Updater (2.8.221.11)
    KACE Agent (9.1.204)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS Edu NXT - English Language Pack (2.1.109.0)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS Edu NXT Software v2.1 (2.1.126.0)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 (1.4.5)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Content (1.4.5)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 English Support (1.4.5)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Teacher Mode (1.0.387)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 (1.0.0)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Uninstaller (1.0.11)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT x64 Driver (1.31.5.0)
    LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT x64 Driver Support (1.20.7.0)
    Microsoft Access database engine 2010 (English) (14.0.7015.1000)
    Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019 - en-us (16.0.10350.20019)
    Microsoft Silverlight (5.1.41212.0)
    Microsoft Silverlight 5.1 (5.1.5001)
    Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 ENU (3.5.8080.0)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (8.0.61001)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729.17 (9.0.30729)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729.6161 (9.0.30729.6161)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable - 10.0.40219 (10.0.40219)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable - 10.0.40219 (10.0.40219)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x86) - 12.0.30501 (12.0.30501.0)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x86 Additional Runtime - 12.0.21005 (12.0.21005)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 x86 Minimum Runtime - 12.0.21005 (12.0.21005)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x64) - 14.0.24123 (14.0.24123.0)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x86) - 14.0.24215 (14.0.24215.1)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 x64 Additional Runtime - 14.0.24123 (14.0.24123)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 x64 Minimum Runtime - 14.0.24123 (14.0.24123)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 x86 Additional Runtime - 14.0.24215 (14.0.24215)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 x86 Minimum Runtime - 14.0.24215 (14.0.24215)
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x64) (10.0.60724)
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x64) (10.0.60729)
    Microsoft Visual Studio Installer (2.2.3085.814)
    Microsoft Visual Studio Setup Configuration (1.18.21.37008)
    Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 9 Office Integration (x64) (15.129.29201)
    Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 9 Office Integration Language Pack (x64) - ENU (15.129.29201)
    Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC x64 (10.0.17763)
    MIT App Inventor Tools 2.3.0 (2.3.0)
    Mozilla Firefox 68.0.2 (x64 en-US) (68.0.2)
    Mozilla Maintenance Service (68.0.2)
    MySQL Connector C++ 8.0 (8.0.17)
    MySQL Connector J (8.0.17)
    MySQL Connector Net 8.0.17 (8.0.17)
    MySQL Connector Python v8.0.17 for Python v3.7 (8.0.17)
    MySQL Connector/ODBC 8.0 (8.0.17)
    MySQL Documents 8.0 (8.0.17)
    MySQL Examples and Samples 8.0 (8.0.17)
    MySQL For Excel 1.3.8 (1.3.8)
    MySQL Installer - Community (1.4.30.0)
    MySQL Router 8.0 (8.0.17)
    MySQL Server 8.0 (8.0.17)
    MySQL Shell 8.0.17 (8.0.17)
    MySQL Workbench 8.0 CE (8.0.17)
    NI .NET Framework 4.0 (4.01.49154)
    NI EulaDepot (3.20.363)
    NI MDF Support (3.20.363)
    NI Uninstaller (3.20.363)
    NI VC2008MSMs x64 (9.0.401)
    NI VC2008MSMs x86 (9.0.401)
    Notepad++ (64-bit x64) (7.7.1)
    Office 16 Click-to-Run Extensibility Component (16.0.10350.20019)
    Office 16 Click-to-Run Extensibility Component 64-bit Registration (16.0.10350.20019)
    Office 16 Click-to-Run Licensing Component (16.0.10350.20019)
    Office 16 Click-to-Run Localization Component (16.0.10350.20019)
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0.10 (6.0.10)
    PaperCut NG Client (18.2.2.44707)
    PuTTY release 0.70 (64-bit) (0.70.0.0)
    Python 3.7.4 Add to Path (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python 3.7.4 Core Interpreter (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python 3.7.4 Development Libraries (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python 3.7.4 Documentation (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python 3.7.4 Executables (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python 3.7.4 pip Bootstrap (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python 3.7.4 Standard Library (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python 3.7.4 Tcl/Tk Support (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python 3.7.4 Test Suite (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python 3.7.4 Utility Scripts (64-bit) (3.7.4150.0)
    Python Launcher (3.7.6762.0)
    R for Windows 3.6.1 (3.6.1)
    Respondus LockDown Browser 2 - Lab Edition (2.00.0000)
    RStudio (1.2.1578)
    Telemet Orion (8.2.05.26)
    Visual Studio Community 2017 (15.9.28307.812)
    VLC media player (3.0.8)
    vs_filehandler_amd64 (15.9.28302)
    vs_filehandler_x86 (15.9.28302)
    vs_FileTracker_Singleton (15.9.28128)
    vs_minshellmsi (15.9.28302)
    vs_minshellmsires (15.0.26621)
    West Point Bridge Designer 2014 (2nd Edition) (remove only)
    Winamp (5.666)
    WinSCP 5.15.3 (5.15.3)

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    Role of the Lab Assistant

    All academic computing laboratories are staffed by lab assistants who have the responsibility for oversight and management of the lab.  The lab assistants are responsible for:

    • Validating user identification to ensure only valid users are using the computer
    • Addressing general questions of usability such as logging in, printing, and saving of documents
    • Labeling unusable equipment and reporting the outage to the Academic Computing Laboratory Manager
    • Opening and closing the lab
    • Verifying all equipment is operational
    • Maintaining a peaceful and quiet study environment
    • Reporting issues of safety directly to the Public Safety office
    • Directing students to other resources for assistance

    The lab assistants are not connected to any faculty or courses and therefore are unfamiliar with homework assignments and projects. The student employees are present to help and are instructed not to answer course-related questions. Course related questions should be directed to the instructor or teaching assistant.

    The lab assistants are not available for contract services during their work shift.

    The position of lab assistant can be a very rewarding role and one that ties closely into fulfilling the mission of the University. Lab assistants have the privilege of helping others in their educational pursuits. For more information on employment opportunities, please see the employment page.

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    Printing

    PaperCut, a pay-for-print solution, is designed to help students make environmentally friendly choices about printing and significantly reduce paper waste.  A 400 page per academic year allotment is provided for all students to support their course printing requirements. Additional pages may be purchased if needed.  Users will be asked to confirm their print requests by entering their Titan Pass credentials at the time of print. Once successfully entered, the print job will be sent to the printer. Printing instructions will be available in all Academic Computing Labs and the Lab Assistants will be available to address any questions.  
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    Recommended Practices

    General Use

    The Academic Computing Laboratories are designed for academic purposes. Students may use the internet for research, group academic projects, typing papers, and accessing email accounts.

    Saving Documents

    When creating documents in the lab, students should become familiar with how to save documents on a USB Flash Drive or on a cloud hosted solution. It’s always much easier to save to the particular machine that a student is working on. However, in the Academic Computing Laboratory setting, students must remember that the machines are frequently reset and documents that may have been saved locally will no longer available. It is recommended all documents are saved on a personal USB Flash Drive or on a cloud hosted solution. It’s easier to try to think of these machines as the property of the University and not the student's very own personal PC.

    Don't forget two things when using a flash drive:

    • Remember to make a backup copy to a second flash drive or to a cloud hosted solution.
    • The student should label the flash drive with his/her name and other pertinent information.

    When creating those long documents, SAVE, SAVE, SAVE.

    Priority for Academic Related Work

    As a courtesy to the educational pursuits of fellow classmates, please keep in mind that academically related tasks take precedence over non-academic usage. During peak usage times, it may be necessary to ask those students working on non-academic projects to defer to those students who need to work on academic projects. Students working on non-academically related tasks are most welcome to return to the labs during non-peak periods. Students working together in this manner help create and support the team spirit approach to the Detroit Mercy academic process.

    Limitations on Users

    The Academic Computing Laboratories are designed and intended for the use of currently enrolled Detroit Mercy students and Alumni. Spouses, children, parents, other family members and friends of currently enrolled Detroit Mercy students are not permitted to use these labs.

    Suggestions

    Please feel free to contact the Academic Computing Laboratory Manager or the Associate Vice President for Information Technology with any additional recommendations.

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    Lab Reservation Requests / Calendars

    After reading the Lab Reservation Policy, a faculty, staff, or administrator may request to reserve the lab by sending an email labres@udmercy.edu with a subject stating "LAB RESERVATION REQUEST."  Please make sure to include the date, time, and the number of students. Please do not consider the request confirmed until a confirmation email has been received.

    Fall 2019 Academic Computing Lab Calendars