PHMC 170

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First floor of the Pharmacy building, Room 170.


Capacity: 161


Ian Lester
(401) 874-9239

For additional information, please contact:

Classroom Media Assistance
Lower Level Library (LL4)

To reserve this room, contact:
General Assignment Classrooms form: Request a Classroom

Electronic Access

Card Swipe

Important Notes: Card Activation

This room is equipped with electronic access (a card-swipe lock). The electronic mechanism locks and unlocks with a swipe of an authorized URI ID card.

To unlock the door, swipe the ID card with the magnetic strip inside the sliding mechanism, and your picture facing to the left as shown in the picture at the right. To lock the door, repeat this process.

  • A steady green light indicates the door is unlocked.
  • A red light indicates the door is locked.

Faculty assigned to teach in classrooms with electronic access should be automatically entered prior to the start of the semester, or 24 hours before a special event. To be safe, be sure to test your card at least 1 business day prior to your first class meeting.

If your card does not work, contact Facilities Services Access Control Office at 874- 4577, or e-mail at

Light Switches

Light Switches

Light switches are located on the wall adjacent to the door.

Internet Access


Each room has at least one active ethernet port for use with the internet. The port will be marked with a yellow dot. There should be an ethernet cable in the rack drawer to use with the port. However, these are occasionally taken from the room. If you find one is missing, please call Classroom Media Assistance at 874-4278.

The ethernet ports with yellow dots were tested successfully in August, but if you are unable to get online using this port all rooms also have wireless internet access. If you have not used wireless access in the past, please be sure to test out your laptop before class starts. Some manufacturers have special programs or utilities that control wireless, or yours may have a physical button that needs to be selected.

In addition, if you have never used your laptop on the URI network, you will be asked to download and install and electronic policy key. You probably don't want to do this during class time, so connect your laptop in your office first and get this step out of the way.

To authenticate with the policy site:
- Use your URI eCampus username
- With your Sakai/wireless password.

If you don't remember this password, please call the URI Help Desk at 401-874-4357.

TurningPoint Technologies Channel for this Classroom

Channel 17


Room Equipment

Projector Screen

Projector Screen

The projector screen should descend automatically when a input function is selected on the touch screen panel.
The screen functions can be found in a back area behind the wall with the projector screen.

PLEASE NOTE: If you need help, please call Classroom Media Assistance 874-4278 for assistance.


LCD Projector

The projector is located in the middle of the classroom on the ceiling.

Do not operate manually-- use the switcher located in the black Digital Media rack.(Directions below).

You do not need to turn the projector on. It will turn on automatically when you choose your input source (Video, VGA, HDMI, or BluRay)

Please turn the projector off when done (directions below).

Screen Switches

LCD Projector

Switches that control the shades on the windows, both projector screens and the white boards can be found in a back area behind the wall with the projector screen.



Pharmacy 170 Podium

This podium includes:

  • a digital media switcher
  • a BluRay DVD player
  • a Document Camera
  • a wireless microphone

Inputs Available

Digital Media Switcher

Video equipment (e.g., cameras or VCRs) or computers can be used as sources.

In order from left to right, these jacks are:

  • VGA - installed in the podium: for a laptop either directly connecting through the VGA cable or using an adapter, such as an Apple MiniDisplayPort to VGA. An adapter can also be found attached to the VGA cable.
  • HDMI - installed in the podium: for either a laptop or a video camera with a HDMI ports.
  • Ethernet cord -

(Directions for hooking up a computer located below.)


Connecting a Laptop

A laptop shelf is located above the drawer near the bottom of the equipment rack, just pull the shelf out towards you to use.

1. Connect the VGA or HDMI cable to the laptop.
2. The VGA cable also includes an audio component, connect this to the laptop if needed. HDMI signal includes audio, so a separate audio cable is unnecessary.
4. Turn the laptop on.
5. Select source VGA or HDMI on the switcher. (This also turns on the system.) The startup screen should appear on the laptop and the projector screen after several seconds.


  • If the projector is on and the computer itself is not, you may see either a black screen (HDMI) or blue screen (VGA).
  • If an adapter is needed (e.g., DVI to VGA or Mini-DisplayPort to VGA or HDMI), you can borrow one from Classroom Media Assistance in the Library (LL4).
  • If an image does not appear when the Windows laptop is connected, try using the function key for display selection (e.g., Fn + F4 or F8).
  • If an image does not appear when using a Mac, go to System Preferences (under the Apple Menu in the upper left), select the Displays preference pane, and click "Detect Displays." Select the Arrangement tab, choose to either mirror the display or extend the desktop to the projector.

Monitor Resolutions: An appropriate monitor resolution should be automatically selected. However, if you want to change your settings, CMA recommends:

  • If a 4:3 aspect ratio is preferred, use 1024 x 768 with a refresh rate of 60 Hz as your display settings.
  • If a 16:10 aspect ratio is preferred, use 1280 x 800 as your display settings.

If there is no image, be sure to check whether video output is active (e.g. Function + F8, or similar command)

Using the BluRay (DVD) Player

.....^on/off button..................... BluRay DVD Player .................^open tray button

To turn the BluRay Player on or off, press the power button located on the bottom edge of the left side of the player. (This button is very small.)

To insert a disk, use the open tray button on the middle bottom edge of the player and use this button to close the disk tray. To eject the disk, use the same button.

All of the controls for the BlurRay DVD player are located in the Touch Screen Control Panel.
To change the volume, use the Program Volume located on the right side of the TouchScreen Control Panel.

Using the Assisted Listening System

Assisted Listening Wireless (Lav) Microphone
ALS Microphone with front case open

Attach the microphone to the instructor's lapel or collar. Extra batteries are stored in the drawer.

If the microphone unit is not turned on, the system will automatically be in MUTE mode.

To turn on the microphone, open the lower half of the case front and press the ON/OFF button for 2 seconds. If you do not press for the 2 seconds, just ignore the MUTE ON or MUTE OFF prompt and the system will still be on.

If you want to mute the system, there are two methods. First, there is a mute button located on the top part of the microphone unit--this mutes just the microphone.

Second, you can mute the entire system. Open the lower half of the front case, press on/off. Respond to the MUTE ON prompt by clicking the Set button on the right of the case front. The system will now be muted. Conversely, to turn the Mute function off, open the case and click on/off button, then click Set.

Remember: Turn OFF the Microphone when done by pressing the On/Off button for 2 seconds. Return to drawer when finished.

Using the "ALS" Listen Units

Listen Wireless Receiver

These wireless Listen units are stored above the BluRay player in the media rack.

Check that the Listen unit has batteries. Extra batteries are located in the rack drawer.

Turn the Listen unit on by dialing the volume wheel away from Off to the appropriate volume.

To turn the unit off, dial the wheel all the way back to Off.

You do not need to adjust any setting on the ALS receiver or transmitter in the media rack.

Please remember to turn OFF the Listen devices when done, coil the ear piece around the unit and return it to above the BluRay player.

Wireless Microphones

Pharmacy 170 Mics Spring 2017.JPG

How to Use: Hold the red power button on the bottom of the microphone until the display lights up (approx 2 seconds). Do not touch anything else. To power down, again hold the red power button until the display is no longer lit.

Controlling the Volume: On the TouchScreen Control Panel on the right side, the volume is controlled using the Up and Down arrows labelled "Speech".


  • If the projector does not turn on, please call CMA 874-4278. There may have been a brown-out or power loss and the projector may need to be reset.

  • If the screen is locked in the down position, please call CMA 874-4278 for assistance.

  • If you do not see an image on the screen, but the system is turned on, make sure the source (DVD, camera, computer) has power and is correctly connected. Some sources will display a black screen when the unit is not giving a signal, some sources will show a blue screen.

  • If the computer image is shown on the laptop monitor but not the screen, use the FN + F4/F8 buttons pressed simultaneously and twice very fast. Pressing the keys only once moves the display from the monitor to the projector, pressing twice moves the display to both projector and monitor. Most computers use FN + F4, others FN + F8. Look at the FN keys (F1 -F14) to see which has an icon for a monitor on it.

  • If the sound cannot be heard through the ALS (Assisted Listening System) Check the Transmitter's LED Display (in the media rack) that the system is not muted, also check that the volume is not turned down on the ALS device being used. If the system itself is muted, open the lower front-half of the microphone case, press on/off. Respond to the MUTE ON prompt by clicking the Set button on the right of the case front. The system will now be muted. Conversely, to turn the Mute function off, open the case and click on/off button, then click Set.

Locking Up

Please Remember to:

  1. On the Switcher, press the "Power Display OFF" button to turn Off the projector.
  2. Remove your media and Power Off the media machine used. Power Off your laptop. Return cables to the floor box and/or media case.
  3. Power OFF microphone and return to Classroom Media Assistance Office in Chafee 217.
  4. Turn the classroom Lights OFF. Shut all Exterior Doors.
  5. Swipe-lock the main door using your URI ID card. The card-reader light will blink green when in locked mode.


Ask students waiting for the next class to remain outside the classroom until their instructor arrives. As the Instructor, you are responsible for the room's security during your class time, so please lock up!