What you need to know about our computer labs

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We’ve got a lot of great resources around campus, to cater to all your student and study needs.

Like our array of food shops to ensure you can always fill your stomach, or get that much needed coffee. Or our sport facilities so that you can keep your body active as well as your mind. Then there’s our handy online self-help resources such as Study Smart.

Let’s not forget the study spaces we have throughout all our campuses. There are places like the Goanna Lounge for when you’ve had a big day and need to chill (or maybe have a sneaky nap), or our libraries where you’ll find social, quiet and silent study spaces.

And computer labs – oh so many computer labs! You’ll find common use computer labs across all campuses. Super keen? We even have dedicated 24-hour computer labs.

Don’t forget that Griffith students are welcome to use resources at any campus – enrolled at South Bank but want to study at Logan? No problems!

But before you rush off to the computer lab only to find that everyone else is just as studious as you and there are no free computers, why not check computer availability first?

You can find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here, as well as check in advance how many computers are free in the lab you’re intending to go to.

All computers in common use computer labs will have standard software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and various internet browsers.

Sometimes you may require specialised software or hardware for your course. In these instances, your School may provide access to this through school-based computer labs (for further info about these facilities, contact your faculty).

Software may vary between locations, and you can check out the full list of available software on computers here.  


The lowdown on available software

You’ve probably heard: we’ve got a bunch of computers around campus, just waiting for you to plonk yourself in front of and start smashing out some assignments.

While they’re all loaded up with the standard software – MS Office, Adobe, and various internet browsers – further applications vary between locations.

So, before you settle in for an afternoon of work in the G11 computer lab check it actually has the software you need. You can find a comprehensive list of current computer lab software applications here.

Some areas of study do have specialist software, and in this case your school will provide access to this. For access to specialised labs, contact your school.

Now, if you’re more of the study-from-home type (hey, it’s so cold, we don’t blame you for wanting to be under the doona), you can download a great range of software for home use.  

You can download the following software for home use through the Software Download Service:

  • doPDF
  • EndNote
  • Naive
  • Leximancer
  • SAS
  • SPSS (note: an annual subscription fee applies)
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

And, if you’ve been living under a rock (read: haven’t visited us at a market day stall or followed our social media), don’t forget you can download Microsoft Office 365 for University for free.

You can find further information on the Available Software webpage.


Hack-a-thon, a success!

Our first Hack-a-thon was an awesome success!

A huge congrats to all participants who worked their behinds off and pumped out some amazing work!

The event kicked off with guest speaker, Daniel Ngo from Entrepreneur Haus (check out Daniel’s speech on Facebook). The students were given a short brief and let loose for 30 hours to develop an innovative and creative app.

There was yawning, there was napping, there were odd smells… but nothing an emergency supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste couldn’t fix. The energy drinks were flowing, the brains were pumping and the students created some amazing work and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that the presentation is just as, if not more important, as the product itself” said one student.  Another student loved the real world experience “where like-minded people gather and work towards a common goal”.

Congratulations to our innovative first prize winners. Taking home $2000 was Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie. They blew the judges away with their creative answer to planning your degree and subject choices.

Taking out second prize and $1000 was Jaden Vaniersel, Ian Murnane, Harley Jarrett. They built an app allowing you to share locations, events, study tips and a very helpful assignment countdown clock – what student doesn’t need that?!

Best User Interface and $500, went to Harrison Croaker, William Fischer and Carl Humphries for their ‘M8te’ design.

Thank you to Greg Phipps, our very own alumni and Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, and Leigh Ellen Potter, Senior Lecturer, School of ICT, who provided some wise words to the participants. Their videos provided relief and inspiration during their short breaks.

Thanks to our sponsor, Grove Juice for keeping the students hydrated. Read the rest of this entry »


Discover your student discounts

Back to school bargains are a year-round bonus for enrolled Griffith students.

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Whether you’re a returning student or just getting ready to join us next month, you’ve probably realised student budgeting isn’t easy even if you only eat Mie goreng noodles.

But we’ve got a silver lining that could help save a few pennies! As a Griffith student you have access to some pretty brilliant computing and software savings. So, prepare for your wallet to get a little healthier…

Software

Student software discounts are available for a range of software applications. The full list is available online.

Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who are enrolled at Griffith University. Install Office on up to five PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets. You don’t need a Product Key, just check your eligibility and download it directly from Microsoft.

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The Symantec Norton offer for Griffith University includes 50% off selected Norton products, Norton 360, Norton Internet Security and Norton Internet Security for Mac. Register with your Griffith email address to receive this discount.

It’s Griffith in the palm of your hand! Campus maps, timetables, events, course materials, library, news, bus timetables and more. Available on any smartphone including Apple iOS and Android devices. All other devices can access the app via the mobile web site.

Computing discounts

If you are interested in purchasing laptops or other computer equipment for study then our friends over at Dell, HP and Apple provide student discounts for Griffith University students. Visit your fav computing brand’s student website and shop until your heart’s content – Dell Student Deals, Apple Education Store, or HP Griffith Store.

  • Still saving up for a new shiny laptop?

Griffith also provides a range of computers for student use. These include:

  • Common-usecomputer labs: these are available for all students to use. Some labs are available 24/7; view the availability on your campus now. Common-use computers are also available in the library.
  • Schoolbased computers: some areas of study have specialist computing needs and the relevant school provides access for this. These may be PC or Mac labs. For further information about access to these facilities, contact your school.
  • Laptops are available to borrow from the library for free.

For more great deals or information, visit Griffith’s Student Computing.


Just a little tip about Referencing before break!

EndnoteBefore the invention of referencing software, many students and staff had to enter in-text citations, reference lists and bibliographies manually and ensure they were correct according to the appropriate referencing style guidebook. Today, however, academic writing is made a little easier with the use of referencing software such as EndNote. EndNote is the software that is officially supported by the university.

EndNote is capable of formatting both in-text citations in the body of a document and the full reference at the end of the document in just a couple of clicks, once the software is installed and set up properly. EndNote is free for all students and staff. See the EndNote Subject Guide to learn how to download and use the software.

If you are an honours student, postgraduate student, HDR candidate or a staff member, it may be helpful to book and attend an EndNote for Windows workshop on your campus. Bookings open the week before each workshop and are conducted by an ICT Literacy Specialist.

If you would like assistance using the software, attend one of our Drop-In Sessions or book a Consultation with an ICT Literacy Specialist for more in-depth assistance.

For assistance with referencing your sources book a one-on-one Research & Referencing consultation with a Librarian.


Need MS Office? 365 Education is free to students!

Image_GetOfficeFree_Student_430x159Office 365 Education is available for free to Griffith University students and staff. Install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets.

Check your eligibility and download today direct from Microsoft.

You don’t need a Product Key so see the library desk for help if you get asked for one!

Not just Office 365 for free but other great discounts as well.  Check out the Software page.

You can choose: doPDF (a PDF printer), EndNote, SAS and SPSS – check out how here!


ANSYS Student Edition Released

Do you know the ANSYS has released a student edition: fully functional and free!

LEAP Australia has release a fully functional version of ANSYS DesignModeler and multiphysics solvers – perfect to explore through self-paced study.

There are a selection of tutorials available for download for their website with step-by-step instructions on how to perform a variety of ANSYS simulations.

Download ANSYS Student Edition and if you have any problems, please follow the installation guide.

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