Academic Affairs

For Professional Phase Pharmacy Students

About the Pharmacy Technology Program Requirements

In order to be successful in the Pharmacy program ALL Professional Phase Pharmacy Students are required to have a mobile computing device with integrated stylus/pen functionality for all professional years of the program. Students will be able to choose and purchase a device from any manufacturer they wish that meets their learning needs, as long as it meets the minimum requirements as outlined below. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he/she has a functioning device in all classes at all times, no exceptions.

As part of P1 orientation students will be asked to complete a task demonstrating that he/she has a mobile computing device with stylus/pen functionality.

Students who fail to comply with this requirement and therefore cannot participate in a specific course, complete a course assignment, or participate in the classroom where computer use is expected will be assessed an academic penalty deemed appropriate by the course instructor. Exceptions will only be made for those times when a student is utilizing a loaner device for a temporary period of time. 

Click here for a printable PDF of the minimum hardware requirements.

Pharmacy Technology Program - Minimum Hardware Requirements (can be exceeded)
Input Device A digital pen/stylus that allows for the input of digital handwriting is required. A capacitive touch pen/stylus mimics a fingertip and is not acceptable, as they cannot draw precisely enough for Pharmacy related tasks such as annotations, calculations, and drawing chemical structures.
Processor Intel i Series or Atom
Memory (RAM) 4 GB
Physical Storage 128 GB
Ports USB, SD/MicroSD
Wireless/Network Card Wireless: Dual Band (2.4 GHz/5GHz) 802.11n
Wired: Ethernet Card (optional)
Operating System Convertible Tablet PC:
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 Home Premium or Professional, 64-bit version
Dedicated Tablet:
  • Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro (Avoid Windows RT)
Backup Storage External USB Hard Drive (500 GB minimum recommended)
Optical Drive DVD-ROM/DVD-RW (optional)
Warranty It is recommended to purchase a warranty that matches the length of time you anticipate utilizing the device.

Devices That Are Not Acceptable:

Dedicated Tablets running Windows RT or Android operating systems, Chromebooks, Mac laptops, iOS devices (iPads), or any device that is touch screen only.

For questions contact the IT Help Desk:

http://www.butler.edu/information-technology/about-it/departments/help-desk/

Devices Meeting the Pharmacy Technology Program Minimum Hardware Requirements

A convertible laptop is much like a regular laptop with an integrated keyboard, touch pad, and onboard ports/peripherals, but the screen swivels around to convert it into tablet mode. Most devices support touch input along with the integrated stylus/pen input.

Option 1: Convertible Tablet PC

Convertible -tablet -pcA convertible laptop is much like a regular laptop with an integrated keyboard, touch pad, and onboard ports/peripherals, but the screen swivels around to convert it into tablet mode. Most devices support touch input along with the integrated stylus/pen input.

Examples of Option 1 Devices:

(Note: these are only examples and are in no way recommendations)

Please Note:

Many of the new convertible laptops/ultrabooks are touch screen only and do not have an integrated stylus/pen. Be sure it has a digital pen/stylus!

Option 1 Things to Consider ~ Show Information

Things to Consider:

  • External batteries are available for most convertible laptops to significantly increase the length of your computer's battery life.
  • Many of the devices have internal storage for the stylus/pen.
  • These devices tend to be more durable and are easier to repair or replace parts when needed.
  • Larger internal Hard Drives are available.
  • Screen sizes are typically larger than Dedicated Tablets.
  • Mostly all-inclusive which allows for one main device to maintain and carry around.
  • Optical drives may or may not be integrated into the device.  For those that are not, an external USB Optical drive would be required if you have discs you wish to play, software discs to install, or if you need to burn data to a disc.

Option 2: Dedicated Tablet

Dedicated -TabletA dedicated tablet is a standalone device that requires an external keyboard/touch pad/mouse and may or may or may not have onboard ports. Some devices have external docks/sleeves that provide the device with additional ports and battery life. Most support touch input along with the integrated stylus/pen input.

Examples of Option 2 Devices:

(Note: these are only examples and are in no way recommendations)

Please Note:

Many of the new dedicated tablets are touch screen only and do not have an integrated stylus/pen. Be sure it has a digital pen/stylus!

Option 2 Things to Consider ~ Show Information

  • Durability needs to be considered, as it is unknown due to their newness if these devices will last 4 years.
  • Dedicated Tablets have limited repair options; many times they must be completely replaced if they cannot be repaired.
  • Some external keyboards are powered by the tablet itself, other keyboards connect wirelessly using Bluetooth and require you to charge and maintain a separate device.
  • External keyboards may or may not physically attach to the tablet resulting in the possibility of carrying around two separate devices.
  • A touch pad may or may not be included on the external keyboard; if not an external Bluetooth or USB mouse may be needed.
  • Screen/Device size can be convenient for studying anywhere, but screen size is a personal preference.
  • There may or may not be a place to store the stylus/pen on the device itself.
  • Optical drives are not integrated into dedicated tablets.  An external USB Optical drive would be required if you have discs you wish to play, software discs to install, or if you need to burn data to a disc.

Device Accessories ~ Show Information

Over the course of the 4-year professional phase of the Pharmacy program you will likely need to replace accessories such as internal/external batteries, power bricks, styluses/pens, external keyboards, and possibly even your device.

  • It is recommended that you purchase at least 1-extra stylus/pen ahead of time to have on hand in the event you misplace one. 
  • The IT Help Desk will NOT have ANY extra accessories.

Required Software ~ Show Information

File Storage ~ Show Information

In an effort to reduce the chance of data loss all Pharmacy students are required to back up their own data. Good data backup practices are essential to a student's academic career. Several options exist that will help ensure students do not lose any of their course work:

  • University Network Storage (BUfiles) - Butler provides all students with 2GB of network storage space on BUfiles, however this is not enough space to store six years of Pharmacy notes.
  • USB External Hard Drive - A large (500 GB minimum recommended) USB external hard drive can be used, but backup is only done when the user connects to the hard drive. This should never be carried with the student. If it is carried in the same bag as the mobile computing device and the bag is stolen, then the backup is gone.
  • Online Data Storage  - Data can be kept in a folder on your desktop and synced to the cloud.  It is available across several devices as long as they are connected to the Internet. The following are a few of the popular cloud storage services. They each have varying limited free storage as well as options to purchase more storage: Google DriveOneDriveDropBox, etc.
  • Online Backup Services - Several companies offer for a fee continuous backup of your computer whenever your computer is connected to the Internet (Carbonite, Crashplan, etc.). Data can be recovered to another computer with minimal effort.

Support ~ Show Information

Support

It is the student's responsibility to ensure he/she has a functioning device in all classes at all times, no exceptions.

Computer Hardware Repair

Butler IT has partnered with Bray Technologies in order to provide computer hardware repair services via depot to Butler University students. The program provides for the transportation of devices to be repaired by Bray to and from Butler. Upon receipt of the device, Bray Technologies will conduct an assessment of the work that needs to be done and will contact the student with an estimate prior to performing any work. The student will be 100% responsible for the cost of work completed by Bray. Students choosing to utilize this service will be able to borrow a laptop repair loaner while their device is at Bray.

Related Links:

http://www.butler.edu/information-technology/pcs-macs-peripherals/computer-hardware-repair/

http://www.braytechnologies.com/

Computer Rebuild

A computer rebuild is a process that restores a computer's software to its original state. IT provides this service to students with personal machines that are experiencing major software problems which cannot be otherwise resolved. Please note that there is a $75 service fee for a computer rebuild, which includes use of a laptop repair loaner while the rebuild is being performed.

Related Links:

http://www.butler.edu/information-technology/pcs-macs-peripherals/it-computer-rebuild/

Loaner Devices

Loaner devices will not match a student's personal device and they are not guaranteed to have stylus/pen capability. The loaner device will be a PC laptop which will allow the student to continue to take typed notes, access Moodle, and otherwise fully participate in class.

  • The above computer hardware repair and computer rebuild support options are both optional services for student convenience. If a student chooses to utilize either of these services a loaner device will be available through the IT Help Desk until the student receives their personal device back.
  • Students may have their device repaired/rebuilt elsewhere, but they will not be eligible for a loaner device through the IT Help Desk. Students will be able to utilize the Library Loaner Laptop Policy or Library Rental Laptop Policy, but there is no guarantee of available devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the COPHS Mobile Computing program being modified and the name changed? ~ Show Information

When it was started in 2005 the COPHS Mobile Computing Program was designed to assure that every COPHS student would have the requisite mobile computing hardware and software to be successful in a technology-rich learning environment and to facilitate aggressive development of the mobile computing infrastructure within the College. This goal remains unchanged for the program. However, the name of the program is being changed to the Pharmacy Technology Program to differentiate it from the former COPHS Mobile Computing Program launched in 2005. With the rapid evolution of computer hardware, software, and infrastructure including "cloud storage" since 2005 and the resulting array of options this presents to the student user, it is now time to transition the mobile computing program with its one required technology solution to the Pharmacy Technology Program which will provide student users a variety of technology solutions to meet their learning needs.

How will students acquire their mobile computing device in the new Pharmacy Technology Program? ~ Show Information

Unlike in the former COPHS Mobile Computing Program in which a single computing device was selected and deployed to P1 students by the IT department, in the new Pharmacy Technology Program, students will select and purchase a mobile computing device that best meets his/her learning needs and meets the minimum requirements. This purchase may be completed at any time prior to the fall start of the P1 year.  As part of P1 orientation students will be required to demonstrate that they have acquired an appropriate device.  Since device acquisition is required of all entering P1 students, the cost of the device can be covered by financial aid if needed. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information finaid@butler.edu

Who will own the computing device? ~ Show Information

Since students will purchase the device prior to entering the P1 year, the student will own the device and the student will be responsible for maintenance and repair. Consider purchasing renter's insurance to cover potential theft.

Will there continue to be a technology fee for students? ~ Show Information

Yes, due to the structural changes in this programmatic transition it will be possible to lower the mobile computing fee going forward.  To mark this transition, the name of the fee will be changed to the COPHS Technology Fee and will be $175/ semester, a marked reduction from the current COPHS Mobile Computing Fee of $475/semester. As with the COPHS Mobile Computing Program, students admitted to the P1 year will not be able to opt out of the Pharmacy Technology Program. All professional phase pharmacy students will be required to participate in the Pharmacy Technology Program and all will be charged the COPHS Technology Fee for each semester they are enrolled in the professional program. The COPHS Technology Fee covers licensing fees for software used in instruction and for the scheduling of experiential rotations as well as maintenance and upgrading of the technologies used in classroom and laboratory experiences for students. 

What if I want to use a Mac? ~ Show Information

Apple does not currently offer a Mac laptop with an integrated pen/stylus. The iPad, which does have a stylus, only supports a capacitive stylus, which is much like your finger and not precise enough for pharmacy-related tasks (annotations, calculations, and drawing structures).  Also, certain specific curricular applications in pharmacy such as the pharmacology simulations used in PDA and Quandary require a Windows operating system.  Furthermore, Microsoft OneNote is not available in the Office Suite for Mac and the OneNote App is limited in its feature set for the iPad. This being said, technically a student could have a Mac laptop, but he/she would still be required to have a secondary Windows device with an integrated stylus/pen. Therefore it is not a very practical solution for students to manage two mobile computing devices.

 

What if I want to purchase the required device to use during my freshman and/or sophomore year? ~ Show Information

Obtaining a device that meets the Pharmacy Technology Program requirements prior to your P1 year is acceptable. However, keep in mind that if you purchase a device to utilize during your freshman (PP1) and/or sophomore (PP2) year(s) the device may or may not last through all of the pre-professional and professional phase years of the program (6 years total). Also, between your PP1 and PP2 years new devices will likely come on the market.  As an example, you may wish to obtain and utilize a device for the first 3-4 years and then upgrade or obtain a different device during your final 2-3 years as needed. This program provides you the flexibility to obtain and replace your required device whenever best meets your needs, as long as you have it during the professional phase years of the pharmacy program.