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2005-2006 GRADUATE CATALOG

SPU students enjoy aesthetically pleasing physical learning spaces. Spread over the 45-acre Seattle campus, the buildings, recognized by their traditional brick or modern faces, are also known for the many ways in which they meet students’ educational needs. Resources available to students include the following:

THE LIBRARY
This spacious four-level facility provides collections, services, technology, and space for study and research, with more than 190,000 volumes arranged on open shelves for easy access to readers. The collection grows by some 6,000 new titles each year, including more than 1,300 current print periodical titles and an everexpanding microfiche collection numbering more than 500,000 items. The collection is accessible online in the Library and through the campus computer network via its automated catalog. An inter-library borrowing service is available to students, faculty, and staff. For more information on the Library’s resources, visit www.spu.edu/depts/library/ or call the Reference Desk at 206.281.2419.

STUDENT COMPUTER LABS
Located across campus, computer labs feature a standard set of academic software tools that includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, statistical software, programming languages, and database software. All of the general-purpose computer labs also provide full access to the Internet, email, World Wide Web, laser printers, and other local and remote networked resources. Computer terminals are located in the SPU Library, the McKenna Lab, and Weter Hall.

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY
Faculty have a wide range of technology available in the classroom to enhance learning, from “lowtech” equipment such as TVs and VCRs (available in nearly all classrooms) to “high-tech” resources such as large-screen projectors and Windows-based PCs (installed in 12 classrooms) to fully equipped electronic classrooms (three on campus).

INTERNET ACCESS/EMAIL
On-campus network connectivity and access to the Internet is available throughout campus. Many courses make use of an online course management system (Blackboard) for document repository, electronic grade books, online discussion, and online assessments. Many routine student transactions (registration, class schedules, and access to grades) can be completed via the Web at the individual student’s time and convenience.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
Located on the lower level of the Library, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) helps faculty produce Web-based and multimedia learning resources. It also manages the Library’s computer labs and satellite downlinks.

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS
All of the campus residence hall units are provided a full complement of technology resources that include network connections to the local campus computers and the Internet (a connection for each student), cable TV connections in each room and telephone/ voice-mail services.

TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTION AND ASSISTANCE
Assistance in learning how to use computers and networked resources is available through a booklet entitled SPUnet Systems and Internet User Guide, through training sessions, and through a central computer HelpDesk—Computer and Information Systems.


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