The Computing Department provides information technology (IT) resources to the SUC community. The department’s activities include maintaining Network, Web, SharePoint, Data and File Servers to provide Portal services to faculty, staff & students. The department is also responsible to maintain and ensure smooth functioning of technology resources in the classroom. The Computing Department aims to provide accessible and reliable administrative information systems to support operational decision-making, planning and analysis. As part of the institution’s strategic plan to serve the various users of SUC effectively an indigenously developed Campus ERP is installed to facilitate smooth flow of information between and within departments so as to enable effective flows of communications between faculty, staff & students of SUC. The Department strives to provide an environment which the faculty, staff & students can use information technology resources for instruction, research and administrative operations and updates the required IT, IS and Technology development as per future needs.
1. To plan, design, procure, maintain & update adequate technological resources.
2. To secure computing infrastructure and regular data backup.
3. To develop, upgrade & implement the integration of external software for management of data and information along with flow of work
4. To provide need-based training for acquired technological resources.
5. To ensure optimal use of computing resources through continuous audit process.
The Computing Department is responsible for providing technological services in the form of hardware, software & web services to the faculty, staff and student for creating an IT enabled learning environment. The computing service aims at collecting data, analyzing and disseminating information to help various users optimally utilize the information to accomplish their respective objectives. Following are the facilities and services provided by the Computing Department:
1. Computer Labs
The SUC has three computer laboratories with around a total of 122 computers with different configurations to match the requirements of the curriculum. A total of 170 System are managed by Computing Department with the help of technical assistant. All the computers have multimedia with internet facility in the lab and are regularly updated for uninterrupted access by the students.
2. Audio-Visual Equipment In Class Room
SUC has 30 classrooms that are equipped with audio visual equipment and Internet connections. Classrooms multimedia resources are adequate to use online / offline resources for imparting knowledge and conducting various exercises to enhance the learning process. It is also used to enter online attendance so that transparency can be maintained. Access to portal and study material upload can be used for the benefit of the faculty and students.
3. Printing & Photocopying Center
SUC has two heavy-duty photocopiers and printers to serve students in taking photocopies, color printing and color scanning all study material that is required for enhancing their learning outcome.
Software center is controlled by the Computing Department which is responsible for developing in house software as per the requirements of various Academic and Academic Support Services departments of the SUC. They also take care of portal services of the SUC. It also oversees all the software development activities outsourced to external consultants.
The Computing Department manages website in order to provide effective web services to the users of SUC including academic & academic support services departments to display information to the SUC community.
The Computing Department assesses the requirements of academic and academic support services to serve the needs of faculty, staff & student and provides updated resources at regular intervals facilitate them for improving the IT services to the users.
The internet facilities are provided to faculty, staff & students to enable them to communicate at regular intervals. The internet network is connected with 40 Mbps fibre optics connections to provide adequate speed for enabling access to internet services throughout the campus. The internet facility is provided free of cost to its users 24x7, which enables the students to get global information from a worldwide network. In addition to this an internet based mail server that offers mail services is extended to the stakeholders to facilitate for internal and external communications.
The Computing Centre network is powered by high-speed fibre backbone. On this backbone a File-Server is connected, which enables the faculty & students to post their study materials on internal server and store their important data and files in safe place.
Students are given access to the portal services which enables them to get information about their attendance, grades, online appointment, registering online suggestions & complaints, HR services. Students can download CDP & study materials, access online e-database/e-books, online request system, online department feedback to track student progression, class schedule, advising, courses enrolled for & results etc., and the students are issued individual username and passwords for using this facility.
Students are given access to the Turnitin portal services which enables them to check the plagiarism before submitting the assignment, projects, case study and other as per subject and faculty allocated the task.
The Computing Department provides information technology resources at SUC to the students such as portal services and email services. SUC student can use their personal devices like Laptop, iPad, iPhone, Kindle etc. in the SUC campus as per following guide lines.
Guideline on SUC Network Usage with Student Owned Devices
A. Acceptable Devices
Students may access the student wireless network with any device with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) connectivity. Students may only access the network with devices that are their own personal property.
B. Content Filtered
Access through Cyberoam (as per SUC’s Internet Access Policy) to the Internet will be provided for student owned devices.
C. Personal Responsibility
The SUC assumes no responsibility for the loss of, theft of or damage to any personal devices that a student connects to the student wireless network through Wi-Fi, wired or any information on that devices.
Students shall not impair the security of the SUC network. This expectation includes but is not limited to:
i. Students are expected to maintain up to date antivirus and antispyware protection on all devices that are connected to the SUC student wireless network. Devices without up to date security programs may be denied access to the network of SUC.
ii. Students are expected to safeguard all network passwords. Students should not share network passwords with others and should change passwords every fortnightly. Students are expected to notify to Computing Department immediately if they believe their student account has been compromised.
iii. Students are expected to log onto the student wireless network only with their account and not to allow others to use their account.
E. Inappropriate Use
The SUC network is a shared network where all users are obliged to use the resource responsibly. Students are provided access to the SUC student wireless network through their personal devices primarily for educational purposes only. Incidental personal use of the network is acceptable, but students should not use the network for personal activities that consume significant network bandwidth or for activities that violate SUC policy or UAE law. These include but are not limited to:
i. Students are allowed to use only approved online academic/business games through SUC network.
ii. Downloading software, music, movies or other content is in violation of licensing requirements, copyright or other intellectual property rights.
iii. Downloading, viewing or sharing inappropriate content, including pornographic, defamatory or otherwise offensive material.
iv. Conducting for-profit business.
v. Using hacking tools on the network or intentionally introducing malicious code into the SUC’s network.
vi. Conducting any activity that is in violation of SUC policy or UAE law.
vii. Using any software or proxy service to obscure either the student’s IP address or the sites that the student visits. Disabling, bypassing, or attempting to disable or bypass any system monitoring, filtering or other security measures.
viii. Accessing or attempting to access material or systems on the network that the student is not authorized to access.
F. No Expectation of Privacy
The SUC can and does monitor internet access and activity on the SUC’s network, including but not limited to sites visited, content viewed and email sent and received. The SUC may examine a student’s personal device and search its contents if there is a reason to believe that SUC policies, regulations, or guidelines regarding access to the network or use of the device have been violated.
G. Disruptive Activity
Students should not intentionally interfere with the performance of the student wireless network and the SUC’s overall network.
H. Unauthorized Networks
Students may not create unauthorized wireless networks to access SUC’s student wireless network. This includes establishing wireless access points, wireless routers and open networks on personal devices.
i. Unauthorized copying computer program(s) from the SUC Computer System is prohibited.
I. Consequences of Inappropriate Use
Students who misuse SUC’s student wireless network will be subject to discipline which may include loss of access to student wireless or all internet access and/or other appropriate disciplinary or legal action in accordance with the SUC Policy.
2. It is mandatory for all users to sign usage register kept at the Innovation Lab.
3. All resources of innovation lab is for academic and individual usage only. No one is allowed to use innovation lab resources for commercial purpose.
4. Innovation Lab timings will be as per university standard timings. Any usage after the university official timings will require specific permission.
5. User will be responsible for any loss or damage to the facility or resources and agreed to pay for the damages.
6. All users will use these facilities as per standard SUC IT FAIR USAGE policy. Usage of computer, software and internet is governed by SUC IT Policy.
Students are required to check the Tab & the accessories before signing the Undertaking. SUC provides Tab to the students at free of cost to enhance their learning. However, University does not hold responsibility for any issue or problem arises out the devise usage.
It is the responsibility of the students to keep the Tab in good condition, and if any damage caused to the tab, University will not be responsible to fix the fault. University may facilitate for any repair/replacement with charges. IT Dept will arrange for training program for students and Faculty for the significance usage of Tabs.
Guideline on SUC Network Usage with Student Owned Devices