Tech | Labs

Computer Labs

Lab Hours - Fall 2015

Posted hours are subject to change according to usage demand and other factors.

The Ph.D. Lab

The Ph.D. Lab is available to McCombs Ph.D. students only and is accessible by UT ID proximity card.

The MOD Lab (CBA 5.304 and 5.325):


Fall 2016 hours for the MOD Lab are 8am-5pm weekdays for class reservation availability only and from 5pm until 9pm weekdays for general McCombs student usage. No evening hours during the Summer. Hours are subject to change according to class schedules and other variables. Do not depend on this lab being open at any given time. Food and drink are strictly prohibited in the MOD Lab.

NRG Productivity Center

GSB 4.112A
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The NRG Productivity Center, formerly known as the Reliant Reading Room, is a study facility for McCombs School students only.  You must bring your student ID to enter this room, as the door unlocks with a proximity card reader. Individual study carrels are available for private study; all come equipped with power outlets and Kensington lock loops to secure notebook computers against theft. Several group study areas are also available. Group study rooms can be reserved on the lab reservations page.  The productivity center has its own printer, a section of desktop computers as well as complete wireless coverage.
Food and drink are not allowed in the NRG Productivity Center.

NRG Productivity Center (CBA 4.112A)

The NRG Productivity Center is a state-of-the-art laptop lounge equipped with a section of desktop computers and full wireless access. Additionally, the lab features multiple private group/study rooms. This lab is open to all McCombs students.

To access the NRG Productivity Center you must:

  • Bring your current UT ID proximity card
  • Be a business student or be currently taking business courses with an associated technology fee
  • The study rooms are by reservation only. Click here to reserve a group/team room.

Printing

  • 1 UTprint Ricoh Aficio MP 2352 black and white laser printer
  • More information on printing can be found here

Mod Lab Reservation System

This system is for the use of McCombs faculty, staff, students and affiliated events. MOD Lab reservations must be submitted through this system exclusively for approval. The system requires input your UTEID and password to verify identification and affiliation. Any request(s) will be TENTATIVELY approved until a final approval decision is made. Automated email confirmation will be sent to this effect. MOD Lab Online Reservation System

Attention McCombs Faculty/Staff/ Organization

The COE no longer includes software installed exclusively or primarily in the Business School labs. The Lab Supervisors will assume full responsibility for managing the evaluation, purchasing, maintenance, version control, and deployment of requested software. Please carefully read the COE (Common Operating Environment) page to determine whether or not the requested software is already part of the COE. The Computer Lab Installed Software page lists the non-COE software currently installed in the labs and should also be consulted. Please complete the online request form to begin the installation request process if the software you require is not listed on the COE page. Please be sure to completely read the information preceding the form.

MOD Lab (CBA 5.304 and 5.325)

***The MOD Lab has been recently updated with new carpet and new desks with retractable flat surface work panels allowing for dual work modalities.  Please take the greatest care in maintaining these resources for the usage and enjoyment of all McCombs technology users.***

The lab contains 82 workstations and 2 instructor/command stations. It can be divided into two 41 workstation labs designated as MOD Lab East and MOD Lab West.

The lab is also equipped with computer, whiteboard, transparency, and DVD projection with sound. Laptop usage/projection cable, wireless mic, and a wireless mouse are available upon request. Please indicate need for this equipment on the reservation form. Any additional equipment (notebook computer, portable or freestanding lectern, presentation remote, laser pointer, etc.) must be reserved through Media Services (471-4095) located in GSB 3.132. Simultaneous and local capabilities allow the lab features to be controlled from either one or both instructor stations:

General Use Lab Area

82 Dell OptiPlex 790 (Intel Core i7-2600 CPU at 3.40 GHz, 64-bit) each with

  • Windows 7, 64-bit
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • CD-RW/DVD-RW
  • 20 inch Dell flat panel monitor
  • Dell Quiet Keyboard and Optical mouse

Printing and Copying

  • 1 multi-function UT Print Ricoh Aticio MP 5002 laser printer (black and white, 8.5"x11" plain paper, duplex capable) 
  • 1 multi-function UT Print Ricoh Aticio MP C3002 laser printer (color and black and white, 8.5"x11" plain paper, duplex capable)
  • More information on printing can be found here

Click here to reserve the MOD Lab.

PhD Lab (CBA 5.336A)

The PhD Lab is a facility for the exclusive use of McCombs PhD students.

General Use Lab Area

4 Dell OptiPlex 790 (Intel Core i7-2600 CPU at 3.40 GHz, 64-bit) each with

  • Windows 7, 64-bit
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • CD-RW/DVD-RW
  • 20 inch Dell flat panel monitor
  • Dell Quiet Keyboard and Optical mouse

Behavioral Research Laboratory (CBA North - 6th floor)

The McCombs School Behavioral Research Laboratory is designed to facilitate leading-edge research on issues that affect individual or organizational performance. It is available to all McCombs School faculty members and Ph.D. students.

Facilities and Equipment

The capabilities of the McCombs School Behavioral Research Laboratory are extensive and designed to facilitate the research of McCombs School faculty members and PhD students. There are two primary rooms in the Behavioral Research Laboratory: (1) a large room with tables and associated viewing area with video equipment, and (2) a workstation room. These rooms can be reserved together or separately by McCombs faculty members and PhD. students (see the "Reservation Procedures and Policies" page on this website). There is also a third room (Small Focus Room) that can be used for smaller experiments, conferences, or as a control area for administering experiments taking place in the other rooms.

  • Workstation Room "WS" (Computer Lab Room - CBA 6.499)

    The workstation room contains 12 networked PC workstations with headsets, cameras, and microphones. The room can be used as a language laboratory, and movies or video clips can be played on individual PCs or shared with other PCs in the room. Example characteristics and capabilities of the room include:

    • 8 user faces (mimic) can be recorded onto DVD or VHS.
    • Each workstation can use NetMeeting to share information.
    • Tailored multiple choice tests or questionnaires can be administered.
    • Each station can be controlled so that researchers are able to:
    • Monitor any user's activity in real time.
    • Monitor up to four (4) workstations simultaneously.
    • Assign workgroups so users can communicate without disrupting others.
    • Communicate with users without disrupting others.
    • Share their PC with all users or any particular user or work sub-group.
    • Completely control any user's workstation.
    • Lock out any or all user keyboards.

    There are many other capabilities of the workstation room, which is supported with Genesis and Media lab software. Genesis is a software-based control system featuring the newest technologies available for multimedia interactivity.

  • Large Conference Room with Table "LR" (Focus Group Room - CBA 6.402)

    This room contains several tables, numerous chairs, and laptops that can be configured for work groups, classroom settings, or focus group interviews. There are large, securable closets for storing research materials during data collection. Tables and chairs can be freely arranged in the room, and the closets contain moveable shelving.

    Associated with this room is a viewing/equipment room that contains a one-way mirror and equipment for recording or projecting. Capabilities of the equipment include computer and video projection, video with sound recording capability (four cameras), and time and date stamp recording capability. VHS and DVD recording is possible.

  • Small Conference Room "CR" (CBA 6.497)

    This smaller room has no projection or observation facilities, but can be used for smaller focus-group, individual, or similar experiments. Alternatively, this room can serve as a control location for administering experiments taking place in one or both of the other two rooms. There is a conference table that seats six, along with two filing cabinets. Please reserve this room only if you need it, as it might be possible to run separate experiments in both focus rooms during peak demand periods. Also please consider reserving the this room in lieu of the other focus room so that it may be saved for larger projects and/or studies that require projection or observation.

  • Training Information

    For assistance with the recording equipment, camera control, and so forth, the McCombs School of Business Media Services can be contacted (third floor in GSB, or Media.Services@mccombs.utexas.edu). It is advisable to arrange a training session prior to using the video equipment the first time. If problems arise during regular use, the Media Staff will assist you immediately; telephones in the viewing/equipment room and the workstation room have direct lines to the support desk.

Further information

 The day-to-day operations of the Behavioral Research Laboratory are managed by a Computer Services, Technical Support, staff member. Laboratory usage policies and procedures are the responsibility of the Behavioral Research Laboratory Committee. These policies and procedures along with a reservation submission link are located on the Reservation Request page. Please follow those policies and procedures when reserving and utilizing the laboratory facilities.

For additional information about the Behavioral Research Laboratory, please either e-mail Steven Kachelmeier, phone him at 471-3517 or e-mail Behavioral Lab Reservations.

Behavioral Laboratory location

CBA 6.497, CBA 6.499, and CBA 6.402
McCombs School of Business
University of Texas at Austin
2100 Speedway Austin, TX 78712-1170

Remember When Using MOD Lab Computers

  • Food or Drink, in any form (this includes empty containers or packages), is NEVER allowed in the MOD Lab (CBA 5.304). Water is allowed in the NRG Productivity Center (GSB 4.112A). Place food and/or drink inside of your bag/backpack (concealed) or you may use the cubicles located near the entrance to MOD Lab East and MOD Lab West. Please properly dispose of food or drink containers when empty before entering the lab. Violators risk temporary loss of account privileges.
  • Do not share your msb account. Only McCombs students are allowed msb accounts. You alone are responsible for your msb account and any work/information completed using it. Violators risk temporary loss of account privileges.
  • Save your work on multiple separate resources. These resources could include, but are not limited to, saving files to UTBox or Google Drive/Sites, burning to a CD or DVD, e-mailing files to yourself, or saving to a USB drive.
  • You may save files TEMPORARILY to the C:/Temp folder. However, you must transfer any saved files to one of the resources listed above before logging off. Once logged off, any files in the Temp folder are deleted and unrecoverable.
  • Make sure you log off every time you leave the lab. This will help to ensure the security of your account and any data or resources contained within.

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