Technology is increasingly at the center of academic life: for teaching, learning, administration and research. However, we realize that technology is a tool to be used by the faculty, student or staff members and is not the reason you are here at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Our purpose here in the Office of Information Technology Services is to ensure that the use of technology is a routine part of life for the School of Pharmacy community. The ITS office staff is a group of highly trained, experienced professionals dedicated to providing you with the kind of service that you deserve and expect. We are constantly seeking ways to improve both our technical knowledge and our professionalism and welcome your comments and suggestions.
Chromebooks, iPads, Android tablets, "netbooks" and other devices that cannot run the full version of Windows or Mac OS X may be useful but are not at the present time considered to be acceptable substitutes for a laptop computer meeting the above specifications.
* Windows 10 can be upgraded by going to “settings” “security and updates” at no charge.
** The university offers Microsoft's Office 365 Pro Plus subscriptions to all enrolled students. As part of that subscription, students may download Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook on up to five devices at no charge and may use those applications while they are enrolled in good standing at the university. Students who wish to purchase permanent licenses for Microsoft Office may do so when they graduate or otherwise leave the university. Follow instructions on installing the Office applications. You will not be able to connect and download the applications until your UCD account has been activated and you have claimed it. Office 365 also includes 5TB of OneDrive storage.
When a computer is stolen, malfunctions or becomes damaged, data loss can be a huge set-back. As such, beginning even prior to the first day of school, all students in educational programs in the SSPPS are required to make regular back-ups of documents and data related to their program and courses. Students are strongly advised against relying on a separate hard drive, thumb drive or local sources as backup; cloud-based back-up (see below) is preferred. For assignments requiring submission via E*Value, students are encouraged to load information into E*Value as soon as possible, not allowing it to accumulate for uploading at a later date. Please note that loss of data due to computer difficulties will not be considered a valid excuse for failure to meet requirements such as completing an assignment, meeting a deadline or performing on an exam.
These options can be used to backup data locally TO WHERE?:
Your computer may come with other backup software. Consult your documentation or computer vendor.
These services store your data remotely on the service provider’s servers, keeping it safe in the event of an unforeseen event, such as fire or theft. Many such services allow you to access your data from other computers anywhere in the world and automatically backup your computer at regular intervals (e.g. every 10 minutes). These include:
Microsoft OneDrive (included with Office365) can also be used for backup. However, it lacks the automated features a dedicated backup service (such as those listed above) may provide.
The SSPPS does not endorse any particular service or software. You are encouraged to evaluate the services and costs and select the one that best fits your needs. If you have any questions, please contact the SSPPS IT Office.
The North American Trained PharmD (NTPD) and International Trained PharmD (ITPD) Programs are distance-based programs with a requirement to attend classes online and participate in activities in a synchronous manner online. Students accepting admission to either program must ensure that reliable, fast internet connection is readily available for successful delivery of the curriculum. Required speeds and supplemental education technology requirements are provided below:
|Required Connection Speeds||Minimum Requirements|
|PC Users||2003 Server, XP, Windows 7-8|
|Mac Users||Mac OS X 10.6-10.8|
|Internet Download Speed||700Kbps or more|
|Internet Upload Speed||700Kbps or more|
|RAM||1GB (Mac) 2GB (Windows)|
|Webcam||1280x720 image resolution|
|USB Headset||Must be hands-free, can connect to your computer via a USB port, and feature a microphone|
Students should check their internet connection at Speedtest to check their upload and download speeds. If your connection does not allow you to connect with the minimum speeds listed above, please contact your internet service provider to explore more options.
It is strongly recommended that all students secure a “backup” internet connection, such as a mobile phone wifi hotspot, 3G dongle, or other mobile internet solution, which meets the above requirements. By accepting admission to the program, you are verifying that you meet the above requirements.