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Code of Practice for Student Computer Usage

At registration, students are required to assent to the following College code of behavior, which relates to the responsible use of computer equipment and library. Misuse of the facilities is regarded as serious disciplinary offences.

This code of practice is supplementary to College regulations concerning the use of computing equipment and library to which you are required to assent at Registration.

Library

  • The library is a place for reading. If a student needs a place for conversation, he can go to the cafeteria.
  • There are rules for borrowing of books and references. Read them, or consult the librarian.
  • The internet café is not for chatting. It is for online search of books and refrerences.
  • Newspapers are available on daily basis. Read them!
  • The library organizes training courses for the students. Why don’t you register. ?
  • If a student needs a book that is not available, he should give details to the registrar. The College will do its best to procure.

Library Infrastructure

  • This structure includes the College Main Library, which provides students and staff members with the required recent text and reference books, journals, and CD ROMs. According to its collaboration and co-ordination program, it has relations with many universities and colleges. It has access to (EBSCO), and has an e-library. It opens from 08 AM to 07 PM. It includes:
  • Conventional Library, which contains books and journals. Books are edited in years 2000 and later. The journals are useful for research and teaching. There are about (10) titles per student.
  • Electronic Library, which contains CD ROMs for the taught module support tools. It is connected to approximately 800 universities electronic libraries via the World College Library that is endorsed by the United Nation College. The World College Library has four databases that contain more than 3300 periodicals available online. The online resources in the electronic library include sites that list millions of online books and access to online libraries and encyclopaedias and other databases on the Internet.
  • Internet Access Service, available in a room containing 6 PCs.

Computer Laboratories

  • Every student is allocated one PC in every laboratory session. You are allocated one username for your own personal use: you must not use other usernames or permit other people to use your username. You must not use computers to which you have not been granted access, or attempt to access information to which you have not been granted access.
  • You must not deliberately hinder or annoy other computer users.
  • You must not use machines belonging to the College for commercial purposes without the prior written permission of the Head of Department. You must not sell the results of any work you do using College facilities without the prior written permission of the Head of Department.
  • You must not write or knowingly store, on machines belonging to the College, software that, if executed, could hinder or annoy other users, except with the prior written permission of the Head of Department.
  • You must not make an unauthorized copy, in any form, of copyright software or data.
  • You must not store personal information, except in a manner permitted by the Data Protection.
  • You must follow all rules, regulations and guidelines imposed by the College.

Explanatory Notes

The following notes indicate ways in which the Code of Practice applies to students for use of computers. It is not intended to be a complete list of possible abuses of the equipment. Each note refers to the corresponding paragraph above.

  • Students are not normally granted access to the computers in the network, or to other students' files. You should not attempt to use another student's account even if they have not set a password. Of course, it is still important to set a password for your own privacy and security.
  • This will be interpreted very broadly. It includes:
    • Tampering with another user's files.
    • Tampering with another user's screen.
    • Setting up processes which persist after you log out and annoy subsequent users of the machine.
    • Broadcasting of offensive messages.
    • Display or storage of offensive pictures.
    • Abuse of the mail system.
    • Occupying a machine to play games while other students need it to do their laboratory work.
  • Clearly, the Head of Department would have to be convinced that any such use of the machines would not conflict with their primary purpose.
  • Note carefully that this means you are not allowed to write or introduce a virus program, even if it is never executed.
  • Note that this does not prevent your taking copies of your laboratory work home, or making copies of non-copyright material, but does prevent your taking random pieces of software away on a floppy. You should assume that all material is copyright unless it specifically states otherwise. If in doubt, ask.
  • Personal information includes names, addresses, mailing lists, etc. You should contact the Data Protection Officer, Mrs. Ashwaq Hadeetheh, if you need to store such information.
  • In fact, you agreed to abide by the College rules when you registered.

Please direct queries concerning the code of practice to Head of Department.

Support for Computer Equipment

Students are encouraged to own their own machines. Please note, however, that you are NOT REQUIRED to own your own computer. The College has excellent facilities and students are allowed to use the facilities provided. Whenever the buildings are open between 08 AM and 07 PM, access is also allowed in this range of time, from Saturday to Wednesday during term.

Learning Resource Center

Photocopy facilities are available at the Library, Extension. 112. Reference copies of textbooks are available for consultation. Copies of previous weeks' tutorial solutions are also available. Lending copies of textbooks is available at the College Library, and will be distributed by the faculty.

Photocopying

Out of the library, photocopy may be done at the Bookshop, on an affordable cost.

Printing

You can take printout (free of charge) in any lab of the Department. Each lab contains two printers for this purpose.

Computer Club

This is organized and run by students. It arranges various activities from time to time. See the notice boards in the College.

Administrative Infrastructure

It is composed of the following: (Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, Heads of Departments, Secretary of Heads of Departments, and Academic Counsellors).

Academic Infrastructure

It consists of

  • 24 classrooms equipped with support facilities: data -show, overhead projector, and sound systems for language lessons.
  • 8 laboratories (each contains 25 PCs and 2 printers).
  • 3 Learning Resource Centers ( Libraries) that containcomputers, textbooks and related reference books and journals.
  • 12 staff offices where each staff member is supplied with a laptop.
  • 1 room for staff meeting
  • 1 office for the student's guidance and examination committee.

Lecture Support Facilities

All classrooms are provided with data shows to support modules and seminars presentations. Those of the Foundation Program are provided with sound system.

College Computer Centre

This centre provides the college with training and maintenance facilities. It is an accredited centre for ICDL.

Networking Facilities

Internet: The College is connected to the Internet by 2 lines. We hope the facilities will be improved by Omantel.
Intranet: All computing facilities of the College are connected to an Intranet backbone.

Type and Level of Access

For the purposes of communication, computing, and information search, the College provides free access to networking facilities at any time for the staff and the students. Every staff-member has a web-page that the students can access and interact with him for assignments and consultation.

Bookshop

contains books, exercises with solutions, solutions to previous examinations and so on.

Extracurricular Activities

The College provides some entertainment for the students to enrich their talents in their free time. This includes

  • A Department of Students Affairs that organises the social, cultural, and sport activities for the students in the College. It has also an alumnae office that keeps track of the graduate's information and news.
  • Several spaces for different sports, and cultural activities. As well as rooms for meetings, snacks, cafeterias, and an Internet cafe with 6 PCs.
  • A Students Council.