Classrooms and laboratories in SMU are all thoughtfully configured to meet different teaching and learning needs. Each of them has been designed to meet specific requirements given by the domain experts and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
Altogether there are 67 seminar rooms located within the four school buildings and the administration block for normal classroom teaching and learning activities. All these rooms have access to the campus-wide wireless network. However, 28 of them have cabled networks for faster connections.
In line with SMU's unique pedagogy, the tiered and U-shaped configuration is a special design to facilitate seminar-styled delivery. This configuration has promoted active interactions and student participations in class. For this reason, the number of seats in these seminar rooms is deliberately kept small. So they are available mostly in 50 or 60-seater, and five 70-seater rooms for core courses.
A standard seminar room is equipped with a variety of facilities to support different instructional styles. A professor can choose to write on the whiteboards or project his presentations onto the screens (wirelessly or via a vga cable) or a document camera. If the professor wishes to use videos or other multimedia content to enhance learning, he can play them using either his own laptop or the DVD player or the computer inside the audio-video closet.
The capability to do projection wirelessly to the two screens in each room allow both the instructor and his students to share their solutions concurrently. Controls can be passed to the students seamlessly through the Virtual Canvas, the unique software developed for this purpose. Every seat in the seminar rooms is equipped with power point so that students can use their notebooks to search for information, do presentation or contribute to the class discussions.
Flat classrooms are suitable for activity-based learning. There are 20 flat classrooms and they are available mostly in 45 and 55-seater, and a smaller number in 25 and 70-seater. To facilitate active discussions, tables and chairs are movable and configurable. A standard classroom is equipped with a projector, a document camera, a DVD player and a closet computer.
Executive Media Theatre
Located at the administration block, the Executive Media Theatre is designed for executive education. Thus it has a tiered and U-shaped configuration to promote in-class discussions. The computers have motorized LCD monitors that can recede into the tables when it is time for discussion. Instructors will have access to the usual teaching equipment (dual projectors, document camera and instructor's computer).
The language laboratories are designed to give participants ample opportunities to interact and practice their newly acquired language. Its configuration is similar to the flat classroom in that the tables and chairs are configurable. The two language labs are located in the Concourse and they are available in 45-seater only. Each laboratory is equipped with a projector, a table-top visualizer, a DVD player and a computer on the instructor's table.
Business Communication Laboratories
The business communication laboratories are intended for small groups of students taking communication courses to practice the skills they have learnt. Its configuration is similar to the flat classroom in that the tables and chairs are configurable. There are three such laboratories located in the Concourse and they are available in 25-seater only. Each laboratory is equipped with a projector, a table-top visualizer, a DVD player and a computer on the instructor's table.
The behavioral laboratory is used in academic research to study human behaviors and psychological processes. Different sections cater to different data collection methods. Sound-insulated cubicles are used to measure subject response time while other sections are set up with one-way mirrors for non-intrusive observations. These sections are also equipped with computers and other equipment for audio, video and slide presentations. The behavioral laboratory can be found in the Concourse.
Simulated Trading Room
The Simulated Trading Room is designed to support the delivery of courses in quantitative finance. Besides the usual teaching equipment (dual projectors, visualizer and instructor's computer), every student is provided with a computer that is connected with two monitors. Special software has been installed into these computers so that students can learn to use QF tools to run simulations and test out solutions.
SEIL (SAS Enterprise Intelligent Laboratory)
The SEIL is a laboratory that has the SAS software pre-installed to facilitate computer-aided learning in enterprise intelligence. This lab has the usual teaching equipment (dual projectors, document camera and instructor's computer) and is located in the School of Economics/Social Sciences.
Large Lecture Halls
The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium in the School of Accountancy/Law and the Conference Hall in the administration block have a capacity of 300 each. These amenities can be used for large lectures, conferences or seminars. The lecturer or speaker will be able to do their presentations using the dual projectors and the closet computer or the laptop at the rostrum. There is also a DVD player for playing videos.