V. College Goals and Projects

C. College of Applied Science and Technology

February 9, 2000

Computer Development Projects. 1992-2000

Prepared by College of Applied Science and Technology Computer Committee: Keith Allred, William Clapp, Carl Grunander, Ron Peterson, Alden Talbot, Warren Hill, Chair.

November 17, 1992; REVISED December 17, 1993; REVISED November 17, 1994; REVISED March 4, 1996; Revised March 31, 1997; REVISED March 9, 1998; REVISED February 1999, REVISED February 2000

The College of Applied Science and Technology, as one of the leading suppliers and users of computing on campus, has a vested interest in computing, both at the university level and at the college level. This interest is manifested in at least three different ways to meet the needs of our students. The first of these is the need for our students to be applications literate in the use of such computing tools as word processing, spreadsheets and data bases as well as having a familiarity with one or more of the typical personal computer operating systems. For this reason, all of the degree programs in the college in the past have required students to take either TBE 1700 or its equivalent. This requirement has been modified effective this coming fall such that all of the students in the college will be required to have complete Computer Literacy regardless of the degree they are seeking. In addition, the college is providing instruction for the rest of the campus as part of the Computer Literacy requirement.

The second area of interest is in discipline specific computing or computing necessary to meet the needs of our graduates. This type of computing ranges from the writing of computer programs in various languages, through the utilization of different types of operating systems, to the use of specific application packages. The use of application specific computing continues to be an extremely important part of the computing instruction within the college.

The third kind of interest deals with the computer as a teaching aide. Much development remains to be done in this area. When used to aid in teaching, the computer can be used both to construct courseware using such software as Hypertext as well as tutoring students using either available software or software yet to be developed. In the context of this interest area, the computer could be used as a indefatigable teaching assistant, helping students at their convenience, particularly with the basics of many different courses.

It can readily be seen that a college as diverse as the College of Applied Science and Technology has a wide variety of computing needs. However, because the computer is a non-discipline specific tool, the college is attempting to make much greater use of shared computing resources with several different computing labs having many different types of software. The labs throughout the college are fully networked such that software can be imported from a variety of sources and files ported to a variety of destinations.

A continuing issue for our college, as well as for the university as a whole, is to develop and fund an ongoing budget for computer upgrades or replacements of both hardware and software. It is both foolish and dangerous to continue to depend upon one-time monies or donations to fund computer equipment purchases. We must work to develop appropriate funding mechanisms by which hardware and software may be purchased in a timely manner.

College Wide Projects


Integrate basic computer skills into the curriculum.
Students in the college are expected to use word processing, spreadsheets , and databases in other courses in their respective disciplines. The requirement for these skills is already placing additional strains on existing lab facilities which have intensified now that computer literacy is a university-wide requirement. We are in a continuing process of upgrading the general purpose computing labs within the College of Applied Science and Technology. (See the specific departmental plan for the Telecommunications and Business Education Department.)

Classroom display devices.
As the computer becomes more of a teaching tool, akin to the overhead projector, there will be an increasing need for display devices in every classroom along with laptop computers for classroom use. At present, we have provided all of the departments in the college with an LCD projector and associated laptop computers. Two video projectors are also permanently installed in the Engineering Technology Building. Appropriate classrooms have been connected to the network such that computers in these rooms can access any file server on the network. The anticipated budget for additional LCD projectors is $25,000. COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Department Goals

Provide students and faculty with reliable, up-to-date, equipment for programming and general applications.

To train students as system integrators using state-of-the-art technology in systems integration and networking methodologies.

To teach students the latest software development methodologies including the required CASE tools which support them.

To provide valuable hands-on experience in the rapidly expanding areas of Windows programming and graphical user interfaces.

To enhance student learning in the high-demand skill areas: UNIX and Microsoft operating systems, UNIX system and network programming, and UNIX networking concepts.

To provide students with training and certification in selected computer areas.

1.Upgrade general PC Lab

We have an obligation and duty to keep our PC lab up-to-date in order to benefit our majors, as well as the many others who use our general lab. In light of rapidly changing technology, the changes must be on-going.
Qty. Description Unit Cost Total Cost
60Pentium 550 MHz machines2,600 156,000
60Iomega Zip 250 (SCSI) internal drive150 9,000
810/100BASE-T HUBS900 7,200
1Heavy Duty Laser Printer4,000 4,000
60Software for each machine800 48,000
1Ethernet switch5,000 5,000
TOTAL $229,200

2.UNIX and Graphics Lab


This is the advanced lab for the System Integration and Networking option and the Microsoft AATP courses. These labs will be used to develop the following competencies:

  • Set up a network of routers, Ethernet switches, bridges, and smart hubs.
  • Monitor smart devices using SMNP.
  • Program routers to establish network domains and subnets.
  • Install UNIX and Windows NT operating systems and associated software.
  • Teach the Microsoft courses which prepare students for certification exams.
  • Set up networking software for all of the above.
  • Teach computer graphics on Sun, SGI, and Windows NT machines.
  • Learn skills related to tuning and performance of above operating systems.
  • Set up a heterogeneous network where all machines talk to each other and to network printers.
  • Set up multimedia functions for all multimedia courses.
  • Establish a network for teleconferencing.
  • Install application programs and work with database systems.
  • Teach all UNIX and networking courses.


Qty. Description Unit Cost Total Cost
40 Cisco 4000 Routers 2,00080,000
30 Alpha Processor Memory upgrades 2006,000
30 Two disk drive modules and drives 80024,000
10 Smart Hubs 10/100 8008,000
2 Ethernet Switch 5,00010,000
2 Bridges 2,2004,400
6 Modems - high speed 300 1,800
1 Remote Access Server - 4 port 3,0003,000--

5Software/hardware Maintenance2,00010,000
30 Sun ULTRA 5 Workstations 3,00090,000
1Network Color Printer and Scanner6,0006,000

3.Add Oracle database capabilities for all of our labs

Our Computer Science Industry Advisory Committee has emphasized the need for our students to gain experience with Oracle database for database design, program access to databases (especially for Internet and other distributed applications), and database administration.
Qty. Description Unit Cost Total Cost
1Sun 450 Server37,000 37,000
1Oracle 8i software system6,000 6,000
30Oracle concurrent user licenses15450
1Oracle annual software support 2,000 2,000
TOTAL $45,450

4.Software Items Needs for Classes

Most courses taught by the Computer Science Department require specific software.

Together/Enterprise and Rational Rose CASE tools
C/C++ Compilers for Icarus & SPARC 5s
Visual Basic Upgrades
PowerBuilder Upgrades
Delphi Upgrades
Windows 2000 Server Upgrades
Windows 2000 Workstation Upgrades
Windows 2000 Client Licenses
3D Studio MAX and Auto CAD 10 copies
Adobe Photoshop 7 copies
Visual C++ 6.0 licenses
Java licenses
Sybase & Oracle Database Servers and Clients
Network Sniffers and Design Tolls
Network Security Tools
Optima++/Database Tools
FrameMaker Upgrades
Corel WordPerfect
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Software for the AATP Program
Cold Fusion

Budget: $20,000/year

5.Maintenance Contracts on Hardware and Software

$20,000/year depending on what is put under maintenance
Microsoft solution provider
Sun license for operating system
Sun hardware maintenance
Silcon Graphics hardware and software maintenance
Router maintenance
Sybase maintenance

Budget: $24,000/year

6.Upgrade Classroom and Office Computers


In order to teach effectively, it is necessary that faculty have access to the latest hardware/software in their offices and that classrooms be equipped properly to permit effective delivery of the relevant knowledge and skills.


Qty. Description Unit Cost Total Cost
4Permanent mount classroom
computer projection systems 8,00032,000
3 Pentium 550 machines for faculty 2,6007,800
416 MB Hard drives for upgrades 200800
3 Pentium 550 laptops for faculty 3,0009,000
1Color laser printer for faculty 6,0006,000
2Portable projection systems 3,5007,000
2Computer/projector carts 1,0002,000
2 Pentium 550 machines for carts 2,4004,800

7.Provide adequate classroom facilities


The computer department has grown significantly in majors over the past 5 years and is expected to continue to grow. Our new certification programs have taken up some of the department's space. At present, the department only has four classrooms, three of which are outdated and not appropriately furnished for teaching university students. Additional lab and classroom space is needed.

Refurbish current classrooms (TE104, TE105, TE108), including replacing mini desks with tables and chairs.
Estimated total cost $90,000

Two Portable classroom/labs located on west side of TE Building. Includes computers and air-conditioning.


Department Goal

  To provide students and faculty with ready access to computers that are capable of running the latest general application and engineering specific software.

1. Automated Industrial Controls Labs (Building 4-Rooms 410 and 412)

Rationale. The CEET department used to have one of the finest automated industrial control and motors labs in the western states, but the supporting computer equipment for that lab is getting incredibly old. We are in need of newer computers to keep up with the ever-changing software. We have recently opened up a second lab because of the increasing demand for automated industrial controller training. Our CEET program of study has added an additional course to the curriculum. The labs are barely operational with older 386 and 486 computers, many of which have been donated to us through surplus computer channels. We are asking for 16 (eight in each lab) new computers to replace the old computers currently in use in our two automated controller labs.

Budget Request. 16 (8 per lab) Pentium computers @ $1K $16,000

2. Computer Engineering Lab (Building 4-Room 418)

Rationale. The CEET Program must ensure computer competency on a number of different engineering software packages. Our older computers will not load or run the newer software that our students need to know. We have recently had two companies donate over $500K worth of software that we cannot run on our older computers. A recent donation by Boeing helped to update the lab so that we now have 486 computers, but the donated software will still not run.

Budget Request. 16 Pentium computers @ $1K $16,000

3. Projection Systems Lab (Building 4-Rooms 401,406, 408 and 410)

Rationale. The CEET Program must ensure computer competency on a number of different engineering software packages. We teach half of our courses using computers as the main teaching tool. Projection systems make a big difference when trying to teach engineering computer problem solving techniques.

Budget Request. 4 ceiling mounted projector systems @ $3K $12,000


Departmental Goals

To provide an opportunity for individuals to develop life-long learning and career skills that will enable success in advanced education or a chosen field of work.

To give students training in hands-on skills with the theoretical background information necessary to contribute to a world-class industrial economy.

To emphasize to students the importance of becoming competent in their profession, the need for continual updating and application of new technologies to their disciples, and the requirement to become a contributing member of society with moral and ethical values.

1. Upgrade and Enhancement of Selected Computer components

Rationale: As computer software advances, the accelerated demand for additional memory has dramatically increased. We are requesting additional random access memory upgrades and multimedia capability for selected computers.

Budget:Memory upgrades and multimedia capabilities $8,000

2. Upgrade of Faculty Computers

Rationale: New releases of computer software in the engineering discipline have necessitated the upgrading of faculty computers on a three-year rotation.

Budget:6 faculty computers @ $ 1200 each $ 7,200
$ 7,200

3. Specialized Faculty Training

Rationale: The implementation of new computers and new software within the course work of the department means that many of the faculty are not currently training to operate and teach on the new equipment. The faculty need to be sent to specific training programs that are available from the software and hardware vendors. Many of these training programs are free for the faculty, if they can provide for their travel and lodging. The requested funds will be used to support faculty.

Budget:Software Training $5000

Quantity Description Unit CostTotal

2PC Lap Top, pentium, 32 mg ram,
4 gig HD, CD drive, modem
Dan Litchford / rm 102 --Desiree$2,000$4,000

1Proxima Overhead Projection. Must
be usable in a fully-lighted room.$5,000$5,000

1Color printer in conference room
connected with password to Lab$2,000$2,000

3PC computer, pentium, 32 mg ram,
4 gig HD, high speed CD drive, to be
used in offices in Automotive
department $1,200$3,600

1 Color scanner for Interior Design $1,000$1,000

3 Sharp Projection Systems $3,000$9,000

15 Auto Cad Software / IDT $695$10,425



The 2 PC laptops, software, and printer are very important to the SST program. Since going to semesters we are servicing over 400 students per semester in SST 1602, 3153, and 3603. With all of the individualized presentations, we need them for each course.

We need an installed projection system in room 102 for SST 3603 and 3153. This would leave us with one mobile and one fixed system.

The color printer is an important component in all of our courses where both faculty and students need to use color graphics in their presentations. We are training professionals in sales, and color capabilities are essential for the quality of work expected in class. This printer would serve students in SST 2383, 1602, 2443, 3153, and 3603. It would serve over 400 students per semester.

At the completion of a student's course of study, he/she will be able to operate a variety of software packages (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, database, graphics, multimedia, desktop publishing) at a proficient level measured by a hands-on performance test. The department will also provide open lab facilities when possible to allow students from other disciplines to utilize the computers, scanners, and other equipment available for their academic requirements. To accomplish this goal, the department must continue to upgrade and add the most up-to-date technology to the student labs. Because the computer hardware in the TBE computer rooms in Building 2 must continue to stay up to date, the items listed below are needed:

Rationale. The curriculum offered in the TBE Department is constantly changing because of the rapidly changing technology found in computer software applications and the computer hardware needed to run those applications. Keeping current with the new software or software upgrades means the retraining of teachers and the development of new or revised course work in order to train students on the most current hardware and software used in business and industry. The computers in B2-209 do not have sufficient memory to add Microsoft Office 2000; therefore, new computers are badly needed. Therefore, the student labs need to be continually upgraded as well as faculty computers.

Budget. Replacement of 1 server and 51 computers of the approximately 150 in the department
Qty Description Unit Cost Total
51 Computers with 15" monitors,
sound cards, CD ROM,
multimedia kits, etc.$ 990$50,490
1Uninterrupted power supply 600 600
1Hub, Netgear 16 Port 10/100 327 327
2Hub, Netgear 24 Port 10/100 436 872
*Software upgrades 8,000 8,000
1Bundle, Cat 5, Patch Cables 400 400
TOTAL $60,689

Budget. Replacement of 7 faculty computers in faculty offices

Qty Description Unit Cost Total

7Computers with 15" monitors
sound cards, CD ROM,
multimedia kits, etc.$ 990 $ 6,970
*CATS 5 wiring under building
to speed faculty computers.1,200 1,200
TOTAL$ 8,170 In addition to the computer hardware, the following items are also needed to accomplish the goal of keeping the curriculum up to date:


2Curricum-related training workshops for faculty $2,500
*Reassigned time for course development for

Software upgrades 7,620

With nearly one year of Cisco certification classes behind the Department, there are requests to add to the CCNA with a CCNP certification. The CCNA classes are being cut to two classes to be accomplished in one year.

The CCNP certification can be taught in two courses in one year. Cisco has given the two certified instructor and Weber State permission to teach the two courses for each of the certification in one year. The second certification would also become part of the Telecommunications AAS Degree. The courses (four) for both certifications could be taught in two years.


*Materials for Cisco CCNP Lab TOTAL $30,000

With the teaching of more and more multimedia classes, lab materials must continue to be purchases.

1Digital/Video Camera $ 1,500$ 1,500
1Digital Still Camera 500500
*Software such as InDesign and Authorware$10,000

4.To continue the Novell Certification additions updates are needed to keep us current and to make it possible to offer all classes required for certification.


121.2 gig SCSI drive $400$ 4,800
12SCSI adapter cards 90 1,080
121.2 gig IDE drives
12IDE cables 10 120
12SCSI cables 10120
12Tool Kits 10 120
1Box of CATS 5 cable, 1000 ft. 150150
100RJ45 connectors 1 100
1Server 10 gig hardrive to image
software­NT, Novell, Win 952,000$ 2,000
TOTAL$ 8,490

Additional needs:

Netware License for 17 stations (Instructor and workstations)
NetWare Version 5 client software for 20 workstations
NT Server Software 1 server
NT Workstation Software 20 workstations
Win95 Software

At the completion of a telecommunication student's course of study, the department will have prepared the student to plan the implementation of both a voice network and a data network, in addition to programming, troubleshooting, and managing the networks housed in a hands-on telecommunications networking lab. Performance will be measured through both performance tests and the operation of the final network project. To accomplish this goal, the department must continue to upgrade and add new equipment to the telecommunications hands-on voice and data labs.

Rationale. Two telecommunications hands-on labs are needed. Each lab will have one data network and one voice network which will be designed to communicate with each other, within each lab and between the two labs. One lab is almost in place as a result of using older equipment that has been replaced in the classroom labs and from equipment donations from the telecommunications industry. Additional funds are required to complete this project.

Qty Description Total

*Cables and other accessories to connect two
multiplexors to networks3,000
* Cable and accessories to connect PBX to network3,000
* Telecommunications consultant for help in developing
a master plan for the telecommunications components needed5,000
2 Multimedia Projectors4,000
1 Digital Video Camera1,000
1 Jaz Drive, Interface, and cartridges1,200

The department will increase its involvement with Distance Learning and the Virtual University by participation in technology-driven courses and by participation in a program in Davis, Ogden, Morgan, and Weber counties. To accomplish this goal, the department must add an electronic classroom which contains computers. The department would like to offer some of these courses to other remote locations, such as the public schools and the applied technology centers.
Rational. The TBE Department has the largest number of students enrolled in concurrent enrollment in the high schools at the present time. Additional plans are in the works to provide specialized training for high school teachers and also to provide training for high school students by university professors. Plans are to implement some of the introductory telecommunications and computer courses in the high schools. This goal can be achieved more readily with the help of an electronic classroom.


Qty DescriptionTotal

1WEB Server$ 2,500
2Hard Drives950
2 Memory Upgrades225
1 Hard Drive Trays100
1 15" Monitor250
1 Uninterruptable Power Supply1,000
* Upgrades of software as needed10,000
1 Elmo projector1,000
* Videoconferencing Equipment5,000
* Reassigned time to develop new course material for multimedia7,620
2 Multimedia-related training for faculty2,500