41 - September 2004
Used Jargons: Do You Know What They Mean?
stands for "Virtual Private Network" and it
is a way to provide remote access to an organisation's
network via the Internet. VPNs send data over the public
Internet through secure "tunnels". Therefore,
if you decided to use the services on the CityU network
from a remote site e.g. from home, you could safely
log on the campus network by establishing a VPN connection
between your home PC and CityU via the Internet. For
more details and the steps on how you can set up such
a connection, please visit the CSC Web site at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/csc/deptweb/facilities/ctnet/vpn/vpn.htm
computer connected to the CTNET (CityU Campus Network)
has an IP which must be properly registered using an authorized
Network Address and a registered network card. If not,
these computers will be considered as illegal and be blocked
from accessing the campus network as soon as they are
discovered, in which case you must check and if necessary,
update the registration information of the network connection
for your computer. In case of discrepancies, you may have
to ask your Departmental Network Administrator (DNA) to
do the amendments for you as some privileged data of your
registration record in our database are protected and
can only be updated by your DNA through the Network
Address Management System (NAMS). If problems still
persist, you may want to ask the CSC for help by submitting
a CSC Work Request.
blocked network cards and/or IP addresses, and the reasons
for being blocked can be found at the following URL:
proper remedial actions have been taken, you must inform
the CSC via email before IPs can be released.
Internet-based Course Management System (i-CMS) is a central
database of student records maintained by the Academic
Regulations and Records Office (ARRO). Through the Web
interface, students and staff can access the database
whenever and wherever needed.
instructors are expected to enter students' marks and
calculate final grades using i-CMS, which can be accessed
by course examiners for co-ordination, the Assessment
Panel for approval, the Registrar's Office for records,
and the relevant department for reference.
system also gives academic departments a quick reference
to students' performance in their programme, not just
in a particular course. Some non-academic departments,
such as the Library, will be given access to certain
student information to facilitate their work.
i-CMS, academic staff can process assessment results,
assess their students' academic history, retrieve student
lists and send emails to students.
use of IP Phones was first introduced by the CSC two
years ago. Based on Voice over IP (VoIP) technologies,
the IP phone system not only allows voice, data and
video to share the same network cable (hence reducing
cabling and support cost) but also offers many features
normally not found or cannot be implemented under the
conventional PBX system. As such, the university has
decided to gradually phase out the existing PBX system
and adopt the IP phone technologies in all new buildings
At CityU, 4 models of Cisco 7900 IP phones are used
to enhance productivity and address the specific needs
of the variety of users in the university. The Cisco
7910G IP Phones features a simple design and easy-to-use
dedicated function buttons while Cisco IP Phones 7960G,
7940G, and 7912G feature pixel-based LCD displays, offering
dynamic soft keys that guide a user through call features
and functions, and can support additional information
services including IP phone directory of the university.
Quick references on the usage are as follows:
can apply for lockers and student residence, check their
personal information, Web add/drop classes, view registration
record and class schedule, as well as their examination
results, degree audit report and account summary through
the Administrative Information Management System (AIMS).
AIMS, staff can verify their personal data and pay advice,
apply online leave and staff development courses, view
the departmental staff directory as well as the university
communications directory, etc.
access AIMS via e-Portal, simply login e-Portal and
under "My Pipeline" click the "AIMS"
hyperlink on the left-hand side column.
booking include a number of online systems which you
can access through the e-Portal. After you've logged
on the e-Portal, click the "School Services"
tab at the top navigation bar and you will find your
desired facilities booking system such as the "Sports
Facilities Booking System" for booking sports facilities
and the "CSC Teaching Studio Booking System"
for reserving a terminal room in the CSC Student Terminal
Area. Please note that only students are allowed to
use the "CSC Mobile Computer Service/Student Terminal
(Web Course Tools) is an integrated set of tools for developing
and delivering interactive courses or course components
over the Web. WebCT is easy to use and it does not require
the users to install any special software. All you need
is just a standard browser (Internet Explorer, version
6 or above).
CityU, WebCT basically help you to:
username/password protection to a course on the Internet.
up and distribute course materials.
with the student in your course, with the tools such
as local email, bulletin board, etc.
online quiz and survey.
access your WebCT courses via e-Portal, simply login
e-Portal and click "My Courses" tab
at the top navigation bar. Next, click "myWebCT"
hyperlink on the left-hand side column.
more information, please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/esu/itedu/webct_about.htm