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Computer Aided Learning

Software for Computer-aided Learning in Pharmacology

Two sets of 'computer-aided learning' software are available for use by students. They complement the Part IB NST and MVST lectures and are thus suitable for learning and revision. The programs are 'PharmaCALogy' (Pharmacology computer-aided learning) and 'PCCAL' (Pharmacy consortium for computer-aided learning). The programs are installed on the computers in the Teaching Laboratories in the Department of Pharmacology, and it is also possible to gain access to them via the Public Workstation Facility (PWF) provided by the University Computing Service.

The PWF provides PCs and Apple Macintoshes in various public rooms. The software available (which can also be used from Colleges and Departments with PWF access) differs according to the type of computer. In all the public rooms the PCs can also run the Linux operating system as an alternative to the standard Windows 2000.

Note that, although you can transfer files to and from the PWF from anywhere with an Internet connection, and on many systems you can get direct access to your PWF filespace, there is in general no access to PWF applications (e.g. office software, teaching programs) via dial-up, or from machines in College rooms.

PWF Rooms

Most of the public PWF rooms operated by the Computing Service are available to all staff and students of the University when not required for group teaching. Access to PWF facilities is also provided by many Colleges and some Departments from their own computer rooms.

You cannot (with certain special exceptions for particular groups) connect to the PWF from places other than the rooms listed (e.g. from dial-up services or other remote systems), except to access your PWF filespace or to transfer files to and from your PWF filespace.

Public Rooms

Phoenix User Area, ground floor, Phoenix Building, New Museums Site (6 Macs and 12 PCs)
Balfour Room, second floor, Balfour Building, New Museums Site (28 Macs)
Phoenix Teaching Room, ground floor, Phoenix Building, New Museums Site (26 PCs)
Titan Teaching Rooms , New Museums Site (82 PCs in two rooms)
Sidgwick Computing Facility, Oriental Studies Basement, (12 Macs and 20 PCs.
University Centre, Mill Lane (6 PCs and 3 Macs, only available to those with access to the Centre)

Each room has at least one printer. Scanners are available in the Phoenix User Area (PC and Mac), Titan Teaching Room 2 (PC), Balfour Room (Mac) and Oriental Studies basement (PC and Mac). See further information about machine specifications and operating systems.

See Opening hours and access.

College Access to PWF

The majority of Colleges , listed below, operate PWF Managed Clusters, which are computer rooms run jointly by the institution and the Computing Service, and providing facilities more or less identical to those in the public PWF rooms (software available varies slightly from institution to institution).

Some colleges and a few Departments which do not have managed clusters still have some access to PWF facilities, including applications, from College or Departmental computer rooms, via the PWF Club; for details consult the institutional Computer Officer.

Colleges with Managed Clusters

Christ's (Windows)
Clare (Windows, Mac and Linux)
Caius (Windows and Mac)
Downing (Windows and Mac)
Emmanuel (Windows and Mac)
Fitzwilliam (Windows)
King's (Windows, Mac and Linux)
Lucy Cavendish (Windows)
New Hall (Windows and Mac)
Newnham (Windows and Mac)
Peterhouse (Windows, Mac and Linux)
Queens' (Windows and Mac)
Robinson (Windows)
St Catharine's (Windows and Mac)
St. John's (Windows and Mac)
Selwyn (Windows and Mac)
Sidney Sussex (Windows and Mac)
Trinity (Windows, Mac and Linux)
Trinity Hall (Windows)
Wolfson (Windows)

All these are for the use of students and staff of the College.

In the Department of Pharmacology Teaching Lab the programs are available during normal laboratory hours, whenever there are no classes, i.e., every weekday morning and on Thursday afternoon. Please tell the Teaching Laboratory Technician, Mr Rogelio Atance, if you wish to use the programs.