Resources and Facilities
Things have changed a lot since we acquired our first computer, a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8 dedicated to academic use, almost four decades ago. Today many computer science classes make use of a dedicated Linux lab. Computer science students also have access to public Windows-based PC laboratories on campus. Departmental servers can be accessed from all campus labs, from dorm rooms, and from off campus. The Information Assurrance Lab of the CCSIA has dedicated resources for classes in forensics and network security. All facilities provide full Internet access.
The computer labs are generally open on weekends and there is 24-hour access to the servers. The College provides wireless access to the campus network in selected locations, including the Whitaker Campus Center and most areas in Hodson.
Campus computing facilities are administered by the Information Technology department. The IT department’s Labs page, on the main Hood web site, gives a complete listing of campus labs.
Students intending to study computer science are strongly encouraged to bring their own computer to campus. Notebook computers may be used for note taking in classes.
Through a contract arrangement with Microsoft Education Division, students currently taking courses at the department can obtain most Microsoft software products for free for academic purposes.
Network and lab access
When you register for classes at Hood, you are automatically assigned a username and password that gives access to the campus network and to your Hood email account. Tech support is available from the IT department's End User Computing (EUC) weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; phone 301-696-3622 or email email@example.com. The EUC office is located on the fourth floor of the Administration building. They usually have staff available in Whitaker Campus Center during the drop-add period at the beginning of each regular semester to help new users get on the system.
The IT department’s Helpdesk FAQs, on the main Hood web site, includes information about network access, network storage, using the email system, and network printing services.
You will need a separate username and password to use the Computer Science department’s Linux lab and servers. If you take a class that uses these facilities, your instructor will give you the necessary information.
Hood provides wireless in major buildings on campus, including most areas of Hodson. You will need a Network Key (WEP Key) to connect to the network. FOr more information about the wireless access, see the IT department's Network Access.