Getting Started For CMPT Undergraduates
You should activate your SFU Computing account as soon as possible. SFU Computing accounts are created automatically upon registration for every SFU student, by Information Technology Services (IT Services). Before you can use your account, you need to activate it.
You can activate your SFU Computing account at: my.sfu.ca. On the CENTRAL AUTHENTICATION SERVICE page, click on the Activate your SFU computing ID link.
IT Services maintains drop-in labs where any student can activate and use their SFU account.
The School and your instructors expect to communicate with you via your SFU account. Your account provides you with:
- Email: SFU EMail Collaboration Suite
- Web access. Many instructors expect students to view on-line course notes.
- Wireless access. Many places on campus have hotspots for accessing the SFU wireless network
- Account space. You can store up to 100 MB in your account home directory, accessible via the IT Services Unix computer fraser.sfu.ca)
Email and the World Wide Web are the School of Computing Science's primary ways to provide you with information. We want to provide you with the most up-to-date information as soon as possible, as well as minimize the amount of paper printed both by the School and you. Please email comments/error reports to helpdesk.
The places on our web site that are of most interest to CS undergraduates are:
- Course Central (CS Labs and information relating to the current semester's courses)
- Undergraduate Programs
- Getting Advice from our Undergraduate Advisors
- CS Portal - CS Course Outlines and more
Important SFU web sites are:
If you are having problems using:
- The Assignment Lab, contact IT Services support line.
- Your email, contact IT Services (located in the basement of Strand Hall).
- The SFU wireless service, contact IT Services (located in the basement of Strand Hall).
- or accessing the Computing Science Instructional Labs (CSIL) facilities for your CMPT courses, email helpdesk.
We expect you to check our on-line documentation first! There are some time-saving FAQs (frequently asked questions) there. If you don't find your answer there, email helpdesk. When emailing us, please provide:
- Your name
- Student number
- A simple statement of what you need. Include details such as: what you tried, on what computers, any error messages, when (if) it last worked for you, and so on.
For each CMPT course you are taking, determine which computing facilities are assigned to you. See the Course Outlines, or ask your instructor/TA. Some courses do not require access to any computing facilities.
Every CMPT course has a class e-mail list consisting of every student registered in a course, plus instructors and TA's. Note that students are usually not able to send e-mail to class mail lists.
NOTE: No food items or beverages are permitted in any computing lab. See our CSIL policies
Last update @ 2012.06.15