Facilities


The Department of Computer Science maintains state-of-the-art laboratories for Computer Science students to use. These labs provide access to a broad range of software on different platforms, including Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows operating systems. 

Computer Access


Students primarily use desktop machines available in the lab. However, students may also bring their own laptop devices to the labs and hook them up to keyboards and monitors specially reserved for such purpose.

We also support remote access to laboratory services through "terminal servers":

  • Linux on tuxworld.usask.ca
  • Windows on skynet.cs.usask.ca
  • Remote support for Mac OSX is coming soon!

Instructional Spaces


A variety of instructional spaces are provided for students, faculty and staff. Descriptions of each space are provided below. Please note that the Spinks Addition Building hours are 7am - 11pm daily.

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Instructional Laboratories

The Department has two instructional laboratories, each with seating for 33 students (one station provides convenient wheelchair access). An instructor's station provides control for the data projector and sound system in each lab.

When these labs are not booked for classes or tutorials, they are available for use by all students enrolled in Computer Science and Bioinformatics courses.

Intructional LaboratoriesOperating SystemsSeatsLab HoursPrinters
Spinks 311 Macintosh computers 33  24 hours a day To access the printer in this lab, print to spinks311bw1
Spinks 320 Linux / Windows computers 33  24 hours a day To access the printer in this lab, print to spinks320bw1

Open Access Laboratories

The Department has two open-access laboratories, one with seating for 24 students and the other providing seating for up to 120 students.

These labs are not booked as a general rule, but are available for use by all students enrolled in Computer Science and Bioinformatics courses.

Intructional LaboratoriesOperating SystemsSeatsLab HoursPrinters
Spinks 315 Macintosh computers 24  24 hours a day To access the printer in this lab, print to spinks315clr1
Spinks 360 Linux / Windows computers 80  24 hours a day To access the printer in this lab, print to spinks360bw1

Breakout Rooms

Three breakout rooms for small meetings, project planning, or other group related activities are maintained by the Department. Breakout rooms can be used as drop-in areas, or booked on a first-come, first-serve basis; priority will be given to bookings over drop-in use. Computer Science faculty, staff, and students can book the rooms.

Bookings of the breakout rooms may be preempted by Computer Science courses that require the meeting room for academic purposes, such as project marking or meeting with project groups for evaluation and/or coordination. If a booking you have made is preemted, an email message will be sent to the email address in your Intranet profile.

Breakout RoomComputerSeatsHoursPrinter
Spinks 342
  • No computer
  • TV monitor hookup only
8  24 hours a day No printer
Spinks 371
  • Linux / Windows computers
  • Projector
8  24 hours a day No printer

Spinks 372
  • Linux / Windows computers
  • TV monitor hookup
6  24 hours a day No printer

The SMART Board Room

The SMART Board lab houses the Department's SMART Board, and is ideal for meetings and software demonstations. The Lab is available by booking (see below), and seats roughly 15 people in a presentation setting. The lab comes equipped with a SMART Board and a PC running Windows 2000, but users can use the Department laptop, or install the SMART Board drivers and software on their own laptops, and use these with the SMART Board as well. The drivers are available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.

Software can be installed on the SMARTBoard computer by request.

LocationLab Hours
Spinks 386 By Booking Only

Help and Support


The following support groups are available for Computer Science students:

  • Student Help Center staff are available to provide general assistance
  • "Instructors in the Lab" provide specialized assistance for students in first- and second-year courses
  • other students are available to field questions and engage in joint problem-sloving
  • Contact your professor for help or clarification regarding academic assignments

Questions regarding the labs should be forwarded to oncall@cs.usask.ca