Department of Physics and Computer Science
has a keypad entry system for most of its teaching labs, since certain
courses will require
students to access these labs outside of scheduled lab periods.
Labs are generally accessible from the first days of classes until the last
day of exams of
each school term.
Who can access the labs?
Most access falls into one of the following categories:
- Microcomputer labs (N2085 and N2095)
Keypad access to labs is generally reserved for
students who need to use software only available in these labs
(i.e. not in the other
microcomputer labs on campus). Usually this means students in any
physics or computer science course at or above second year
(PC/CP120 is also included due to the use of digital design software.
CP104 and CP114 may also be included.)
- Electronics labs (N2082, N2083, N2093)
Access to these labs outside scheduled lab time is usually
due to assigned projects, and will depend on the course involved.
Students using these labs will be informed if and when they
have keypad access.
For other access, such as for students working as research assistants
for department professors, contact
When can someone access the labs?
This differs by course, but in general there is no access between 11:00
p.m. and 7:00 a.m. due to university policy of buildings being closed over
How can someone access the labs?
To access one of the labs, proceed as follows:
- If the green light is flashing, type in your student ID.
(If the green light isn't flashing, the keypad is not working.
in that case.)
- Type in your birthdate, in the form YYMMDD
(If your birthday is September 27, 1988, you would then type 880927)
Press E (for "Enter").
If access is granted, the green light will come on, and the door will unlock.
If access is denied, the red light will come on, and the door will
If you have any questions, contact
Who designed the security system?
This system was designed and built by students in our own
Computing and Computer Electronics
program. (The plexiglass plate is to
allow people to see what's inside, since it's kind of neat.) It's an
example of the kind of projects available to our senior students.