The Biology Department currently has computers in all but one of its
laboratories (Room 319). Room 321 and 302 are set up with Macintosh computers
and Room 305 has 2 PC computers. All faculty have computers, 5 faculty have
iMacs or G3’s and 5 faculty have PC’s. Each of the 3 technicians have computers,
2 PC’s and 1 Mac G3 233mHz. The department has one networked laser printer for
all faculty and staff to use. Two faculty have printers in their offices (1
laserjet and 1 laser printer). Rooms 302, 305, and 321 are equipped with
projection equipment to project computer images and video tapes.
In addition to electronic technologies (computers and peripherals), the Biology
department also has specialized models of Anatomy and Physiology classes, and
specialized equipment of use in Biotechnology and Physiology laboratories.
An objective addressed in last year’s plan was to begin to fund equipment needs
for the new Science Lab Building, then scheduled for occupation in Fall, 2005.
This schedule has been pushed back about 1 year, with anticipated occupation in
either Summer or Fall, 2006. Consequently, this objective has been delayed one
year in this plan.
Our department anticipates an ever-growing need for updated and additional
computer stations. While the current computers are adequate, new machines are
necessary to keep pace with the increasing complexity of the web and software,
increasing numbers of students, and an increase in faculty wanting to infuse
laboratories with computer-assisted instruction. Two examples of this are Room
305, which currently has just 2 PC’s (on of which is a P100), this room serves
over 500 students each semester, yet computer assisted instruction is impossible
without new equipment. In Room 321, 305 & 302, essential space is occupied by
large computing stations, drastically limiting student/student interactions and
student/instructor interactions. Space restrictions in these rooms essentially
prevent the installation of additional computers. The need to move to smaller
wireless laptops systems that are more is essential to the department’s goals
for increasing the use of technology in instruction.
Approximate Number of Students Served
The Biology Department serves approximately 1700 students per semester. This
represents a theoretical maximum for our department due to severe limitations on
lab space and materials. The latter created by a supply budget that has failed
to keep up with inflation during the past 20 years. Available lab space will be
increased by 50% with the opening of the new Science Lab Building, scheduled for
Summer or Fall, 2006.
As the number of computers increase, the need for support will increase as
well. However, for the most part, this support will be needed only during the
initial installation and configuration of new equipment. Since many of our
department’s computer compliment is Macintosh, it is essential that Mac-trained
support technicians be available in a timely fashion.
Year 1 (2004-2005)
The overall objective for 2003-2004 is updating equipment and technologies
to reflect increased needs in computing power, memory, software and hardware
upgrades. A part of meeting this objective is to continue converting Room 302
from stationary iMacs to laptops with a wireless hub, and increasing their
number so that they can be shared between Rooms 302 and 305. We also need to
replace aging microscopes used in Environmental and Marine Biology
As faculty continue to expand their use of technology in the classroom with web-
based materials and overall curriculum development, faster computers with more
RAM memory is needed. To this end, 3 of our faculty members are requesting
computer or peripheral upgrades in the form of faster systems, more RAM and
smaller footprint monitors (see particulars in the next section).
Action to Meet Objective
- Purchase 8 more Windows-based laptops equipped with a wireless hub for
Rooms 302 and 305 to add to the 4 purchased in 2003-04.
- Purchase 2 Flat-Panel monitors for faculty used (Craig Milgrim in Room
305B & Michael Golden in Room 304 ). Note: both monitors should be windows-
- Purchase one basic faculty PC system for Joe Henry (Room 304). Joe is
currently using a Pentium 64 with 8 MB RAM)
- Purchase 20 dissecting and 20 compound microscopes for use in Room 302
(Environmental Biology and Marine Biology).
- Purchase a PCR machine for Bio 221, in keeping with our Educational
Master Plan to increase the amount of Biotech training in majors bio
- Purchase additional anatomy models and MacLab physiograph peripherals
and respirometer for Rm 321.
- Upgrade 2 computers for biology technicians.
Year 2 (2005-2006)
For 2005-2006 the department has identified 3 objectives
- Expand the use of technology in field courses
- Prepare to equip two additional biology labs in the new Science Lab
Building by purchasing microscopes, computers, other technical and
furniture. The complete equipment and furniture list will be available June
Action to Meet Objective
- Purchase 32 pairs of field binoculars and 16 GPS units.
- Purchase 8 Windows-based laptops equipped with the necessary hardware
and software for wireless web connectivity. Purchase any other necessary
equipment for wireless web.
Initiate the purchase of equipment for two additional biology laboratories in
the new Science Lab Building. This equipment will be needed at the start of Fall
semester, 2006, so they are included in the 2005-2006 request. The following
list will be adjusted when the final equipment list becomes available.
64 compound microscopes
64 dissecting microscopes
12 pH meters
12 PC laptops with wireless hub
various anatomy models
other currently unspecified lab and office furniture and equipment
Year 3 (2006-2007)
primary objective of the department for 2006-2007 is to equip new Biology Lab
building and the associated faculty offices by purchasing microscopes,
computers, and other technical equipment not funded from the 2005-06 ETC plan
and the Biology Building budget. The secondary goals include (1) update older,
slower computers for two senior faculty members (including new Department
co-chair), (2) equip new faculty with computers, (3) expand department network
printing capability, (4) provide a stand-alone Mac-compatible laser printer
for new Department Co-Chair
Action to Meet Objective
Complete purchases of equipment needed for new
Includes expansion of
laptop computers by 28 units to bring the total for the department to 32
(the number needed to service two full labs of 32 students (2 students
per computer) simultaneously.
September, 2006, 8 of the requested 28 units are slated for purchase
according to ICS.
department purchased, with one-time funds, a 32-space, secured cart
for the laptops
A separate, detailed
list of materials requested for the new Science Building is available
Purchasing is proceeding. Classroom A/V equipment (data projectors
and overhead projectors) are also being purchased.
Items that are not or
may not be covered by the building budget are included in the Biology
Departments 2006 ETC plan.
not covered by the Science Building budget have recently been
submitted as Budget Augmentations to the Division Deans. A full
list is available upon request.
Purchase 2 computers with Monitors for 2 senior
faculty members including new Department Co-Chair
September, 2006 these two computers do not appear on any list “to be
purchased” nor are they included in the previously referenced Budget
Augmentations (see Bullet item under #1b above). These items have
been repeatedly requested through the New Science Building
Biology Department requests that these two items be included in any
prioritized list for Tech Block grant monies
Purchase computers for 2 new faculty hires
(start dates-July, 2006)
faculty member received a roll-over PC from a retiring faculty
faculty member received a new Mac Desktop unit.
Purchase replacement for existing Networked
Laser Printer (for use by 9 full-time faculty and adjuncts)
unit has been purchased and is in use
Purchase 2nd Networked
Laser Printer (for use by students in 6 teaching labs)
time, the department is planning on using its old Network Laser
Printer in conjunction with the department’s laptop computers. It
will be mounted on the top of the laptop cart. All laptops will be
configured to print to this unit.
absence of failure, this unit will serve our needs for the time
being. A new unit will be requested in Year 1 of our 2008-2011
3-year Tech Plan
Mac-compatible Laser printer for Department chair
This item is in the Objectives but was
inadvertently left off the Action Plan (see bold-faced (4) in the
Objective section at the beginning of the plan)
result, the unit has not been purchased. The Biology Department
asks that this unit be purchased as soon as possible