The Section was established to provide Computing services in the College. Its responsibilities are as follows:
· Network management
· Computer maintenance
· Software provision
· Academic support for students and academics
Each student, teacher and staff member has his/her own username and password that allow him/her to have access to the local intranet. They are also provided a storage area (3 GB for students, and 7G for academic and non-academic staff), so they can save their files on the local network and access them without having to refer to their own computers.
The username enables the user to connect to the wireless network of the College and use the Internet service anywhere in the College.
The Printing Service
Each student can print a maximum of 750 pages per semester. When students use color printing, each colored paper is calculated as 4 black-&-white papers. Printers are available in each lab and can be accessed through the printer server on the network.
Printers are also provided in all teachers’ offices.
Technical support Services
The Computer Section offers technical support services to academic and non-academic staff from 9-11 a.m. every day. It also offers technical support to students by allocating 3 hours per day (one hour in each office). The technical support for students includes; assistance in the preparation of the wireless network, user name and password change, emails, and any other form of technical assistance.
During each semester, the Computer Section communicates with Heads of the Academic Departments to identify their needs of Hardware and Software. The Section then installs programs needed for the semester. The Section also overseesthe distribution of courses in computer labs according to the software available in each lab.
Each computer lab has 31 computers and a laser printer. In addition, there are two open access labs, one for male students and one for female students, with 2 colored printers and 2 Black/White printers in each lab.
Training services are among the important services offered by the computer Section. The Section provides training for IT students through specific workshops offered during the semester. The Section also provides one-month training workshops for Computer and IT students from different colleges and universities of the Sultanate, provided that the student has already enrolled in the Specialization’s courses.
Licenses for Operating Systems and Software
The Section is keen to use licensed operating systems and software. All available operating systems and software have an educational license of one to three years depending on their type. Update is done periodically as required. The Section also uses some open source operating systems and software as well as free software as needed by the courses.
Maintenance and Replacement of Computers
In order to keep up with changes in the technological world, get the latest versions, and support the students in their learning process, computers are replaced every 4-5 years. Computers are also maintained regularly. Each laboratory is checked every day (7-8 a.m.), and all classrooms are maintained between semesters.
The Backup and Restore System
There is a backup system where some of the data are stored in the College and others in the Ministry, for example: library data and student information.
Electronic Mail (E-Mail)
E-mail is a means of formal communication on-campus. The Section creates an email for each student, employee and faculty member. The user must comply with the sound professional practices in maintaining the integrity of the information and security while using e-mail.
Computers and data are protected through several means, such as firewall and anti-virus software.
The Computer Section provides a fast Internet service for users. It allows the user to browse and download online material for educational purposes only. The Section also uses some software to monitor the usage of the internet.
The Wireless Service
The Computer Section provides a wireless service to users. The wireless covers all College buildings and the student hostel
Terms and Conditions of Use of College E-mail Service