Facilities and resources
Our laboratories
Designed to further your learning and development, our laboratories offer more than general computer provision. We’ve equipped them with specialist software that mirrors what’s used across the industry, and regularly update and refurbish them to ensure they’re always current. Step into our labs and you can:
  • explore a wide range of software including Oracle, Microsoft Visual Studio, Java, Adobe Creative Suite and more,
  • experiment with computers using Microsoft Windows, iOS and Linux operating systems,
  • work around your busy schedule with free internet access and out-of-hours opening times,
  • get creative in our dedicated Games and Interactive Systems Studio equipped with dual-booted Apple iMac computers, so you can use Microsoft DirectX and XNA development as well as mobile device development for both iOS and Android,
  • enjoy a dedicated networking lab equipped with more than 50 enterprise level network switches and routers, including wireless and VoIP devices,
  • benefit from our close links with Oracle and Nvidia – who have donated a lab of their Tesla GPUs for student work,
  • discover specialist labs and facilities dedicated to security and software forensics, embedded system development, robotics, parallel processing and high performance graphics.
Technology supported learning
At Plymouth, you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits all designed to help your learning and give extra support and depth to all your modules, including:
  • your own tablet PC – so you can access additional resources, such as podcasts and University systems, as well as participate in interactive activities like in-class voting and feedback,
  • free-of-charge eBook versions of your textbooks – a package worth over £300, which covers your core first year modules and allows you and your lecturers to annotate texts and share notes online. These eBooks are readable using Vitalsource Bookshelf, available for Windows, Mac OS X and for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) or Android devices.
Library
You’ll also have access to our extensive library and learning facilities including:
  • CDs,
  • DVDs,
  • Podcasts,
  • Books and publications,
  • Electronic journals.