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Our students are not only expected to increase their knowledge in theories of finance and accounting, but also to deepen their understanding of the inner workings of stock markets, currencies, commodities, bonds, and futures markets in the real world in this educational/research laboratory. In addition, most of our accounting and finance courses focus on practical application of knowledge and skills. Department staff see the necessity of improving and introducing modern teaching techniques that provide opportunities for students to follow the latest developments in the worldwide capital market. Therefore, the finance lab helps in achieving the following objectives: (a) Allowing students to observe life data, which helps them stay current on happenings in global markets; (b) Educating students about security finance and the financial services industry; (c) Providing students with realistic experience in analyzing stocks, commodities, options, currencies, bond markets, and futures markets; (d) Displaying rigorous portfolio management opportunities by composing their own portfolios using the real market experience in our virtual environment. As a result, the finance lab helps students become competitive and contributes to their employability in both the national and international job markets. Upon graduation, the students are able to confidently invest in the securities market and manage their funds carefully.

The Neuropsychology (NP) Laboratory in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is founded on the basis of psychological ethics, with the aim of serving the current field of psychology and neuropsychology. The NP Lab is designed to be used in neuropsychological research and development and neuropsychological training areas, containing some of the basic tests and programmes within the area. There is an E-Prime software programme in the NP lab that can be used for education, research, and development purposes. E-Prime software has proved its effectiveness and functionality world-wide and facilitated many psychological designs, especially in experimental psychology. The E-Prime programme can create various models and experimental paradigms, depending on the subject matter to be investigated and the experiment to be carried out, thus expanding the field of psychology. In addition, there are Brain Voyager and SPM programmes which enable NP Lab users to learn more about the nervous system and its functions, which are of primary interest for neuropsychology, and to conduct research. These are special programmes that can analyze MR/FMRI data related to the structure and functions of the brain, currently only found at the CIU NP Lab. In addition to the above mentioned software, the NP Lab also has neuropsychological test batteries that are used to evaluate our cognitive functions, which play an important role in the diagnosis, course, and progression of various psychological, psychiatric, neurological, and neuropsychological disorders. The most common of these tests are: the Stroop Test, Raven Progressive Matrices, the Line Orientation Test, and Wisconsin Card Sequencing. These tests are currently used in our elective courses for educational purposes, such as Neuropsychological Tests (PSYC410) and Independent Study (PSYC402) for research purposes at the undergraduate level. Furthermore, the use of tests and practices within the NP Lab is intended not only for educational and research purposes, but also for the collective benefit of the TRNC population. To this end, the necessary work has been initiated to open the NP Laboratory to the public and to use patient groups in need of tests and/or applications within the NP Lab.

The Simulation laboratory, established within the Department of Industrial Engineering, was created with the aim of assisting our students in better understanding and applying their courses through various software support. This laboratory will be used in related courses (included in the curriculum of the department) mentioned below. The laboratory aims to enable students to use the required computer programmes during the preparation of projects for related courses. The following courses of Industrial Engineering Curriculum require the Simulation Laboratory: INDE 204 Probability and Computer Applications in IE, INDE221 Introduction to Modeling and Optimization, INDE321 Operations Research I, INDE322 Operations Research II, INDE 353 Systems Modelling and Simulation, INDE 352 Information Systems and Implementation, INDE 372 Production Systems and Technology, INDE 441 Facility Layout and Material Handling. The software installed in the laboratory to support the above mentioned courses are: LINDO, LINGO, SPSS, Minitab, MasterCam, Arena, AUTOCAD, MS Project, MS Access.

The laboratory was established with the objective of giving students the necessary information and practical skills in automation systems, production scheduling as proto-type, computer programming, and similar topics as well as forming a good example for studies related to flexible production systems. By the use of the robot arms, conveyor lines, AGV (line tracking vehicles) and the automatic storage units to be established by the utilization of LEGO Mindstorm and TETRIX sets already purchased, students will be able to setup and programme automation and flexible production systems. Students will learn how to use these sets and how to form and activate systems and transform them into integrated systems by the adoption of NI LabVIEW software. For more advanced academic research, it is also possible to to establish software written in Java and Python in addition to the present software. With the help of this laboratory, which has been newly established in CIU, it has become possible to assist compulsory theoretical courses of the department, such as INDE372 Production Systems and Technology and INDE322 Operations Research II. Also, it is beneficial for the practical work necessary for departmental courses, such as: INDE305 Computer Integrated Manufacturing, INDE343 Production Processes, and INDE 391 Production Scheduling.

Microbiology, biology, clinical biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, and parasitology course practicals are carried out in the Biology/Microscope Laboratories. Bioengineering and environmental engineering undergraduate and graduate students, pharmacy and health sciences faculty students and environmental sciences graduate students use these laboratories. These laboratories have the devices to carry out elementary and applied biology and microbiology experiments and clinical biochemistry experiments. In the microscope laboratory, there are 20 microscopes with cameras and 20 microscopes without cameras. Continuity of cultures of microorganisms can be achieved by using autoclave, incubators, safety cabinet and ovens in these laboratories. These microbial cultures can further be used for carrying out different bioprocesses. Isolation and identification studies are also carried out.

Microbiology, biology, clinical biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, and parasitology course practicals are carried out in the Biology/Microscope Laboratories. Bioengineering and environmental engineering undergraduate and graduate students, pharmacy and health sciences faculty students and environmental sciences graduate students use these laboratories. These laboratories have the devices to carry out elementary and applied biology and microbiology experiments and clinical biochemistry experiments. In the microscope laboratory, there are 20 microscopes with cameras and 20 microscopes without cameras. Continuity of cultures of microorganisms can be achieved by using autoclave, incubators, safety cabinet and ovens in these laboratories. These microbial cultures can further be used for carrying out different bioprocesses. Isolation and identification studies are also carried out.

The Cyprus International University Chemistry Laboratories provide practical laboratory services to the freshman students of the Faculties of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Health Sciences. By providing these laboratory applications, the Chemistry laboratories contribute to the learning of basic principles and laboratory techniques at the introductory level to the undergraduate students. Apart from being foundation courses within the scope of the curricula of engineering, pharmacy, and health sciences faculties, they aim at the same time to reinforce the infrastructure of the scientific culture of CIU students. Being at the service of students from a variety of disciplines, the chemistry laboratories provide service under the CIU Arts and Human Sciences Department.

The Electronic and circuit lab is the place where students start to apply what they learn in class. The students meet the electrical parts and measurement equipment for the first time in this laboratory. They start their practical training by connecting the electrical parts and devices to each other to form circuits. They investigate the electrical circuits which they built by feeding the circuits by ac and/or dc voltage. Students can perform various experiments using electrical and electronic circuit elements such as resistance, capacitance, inductance, BJT, and FET in the laboratory. They can investigate the input, output, and any value within the circuit by using a variety of measuring equipment. Furthermore, they can construct circuits by using basic electrical equipment and can construct larger systems by using these systems. The experiments of the Circuit Theory and Electronics course take place in this Laboratory.

The devices in the Control and Robot laboratory involve programmable logic controllers, input-output units, an operating system, techniques used in programming, physical connections, communication interfaces, design methods, and industrial applications. Students are able to learn the elements used in control systems, the structures of programmable logic controllers, input-output units and operating systems through practice. In addition, the Arduino Uno Application Kit laboratory provides basic and advanced robot technology applications, such as digital input / output, analog digital converter, LED applications, 7 segment display, LCD, various sensor applications, PWM production, keypad, and motor drive. The Lego Mindstorms training kit, which is also part of the laboratory, includes lego technical bricks, a computer-controllable microprocessor, software with a graphical interface allowing easy programming of the microprocessor, sensors (sound, light, distance, and touch sensitive), and motors.

The communication training set in the Digital and Communication Systems laboratory consists of a main unit and thirteen application modules, designed to enable applications related to analog and digital communication. The working areas consist of modulation techniques, coding, and decoding techniques. Applications of the modulations consist of AM, SSB, FM, PM, PAM, PCM, PFM, PPM, DM, ASK, FSK, and PSK in the analog and digital sections. In the demodulation set and digital part, AM, SSB, FM, PM, PAM, PCM, PFM, PPM, DM, ASK, FSK, and PSK demodulation applications can be done. Also, students can apply the digital systems by using the digital electronic training sets in the laboratory. Among the digital electronics experiments, TTL logic gates applications, CMOS logic gates applications, NAND, NOR and XOR logic gates applications, digital adders-subtractors applications, decoders/demultiplexers and multiplexers applications, d-type & jk-type flip-flops applications, binary counter, ADC applications, and DAC applications take place.

This laboratory is used for work and time study purposes. It is constructed as an ergonomy laboratory, so as to render possible the laboratory applications related with human factors, human and work safety, work study methods, hygiene, etc. Within the scope of this laboratory are the compulsory departmental courses INDE 313 - Work Study and INDE 314 - Human Factors Engineering, in addition to graduation projects and other related elective courses of the students. With the help of the mounting table purchased for the laboratory to enhance the “work study” projects, students are enabled to visualize and see the mounting tables adopted at industrial plants at the laboratory scale and to carry out relevant studies. As a result of this, it has become possible to apply work study principles and to develop more effective techniques. With the stationery bicycle and treadmill present in this laboratory, it is also possible to execute effort tests. At the same time, theis equipment can be used in line with the equipment present, such as the COSMED Fitmate PRO gas analyzer and NORAXON EMG equipment, with students being able to collect and analyze respiration data and muscular movements.

The Biotechnology Research Centre Electrophysiology and Imaging Laboratory is a two part laboratory specialized in electrophysiological and imaging studies. The first part of the laboratory is designed to accommodate two fully equipped patch-clamp rig systems to facilitate electrophysiological studies. These patch clamp systems can be used to study essential electrical activity of excitable cells or tissues such as neurons and cardiomyocytes, in addition to cancer cells. These systems are also important in pharmacological studies. The second part of the laboratory accommodates up to three imaging systems, such as confocal microscopy and live imaging stations. These systems are important in immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, and live functional studies, using specialized indicator dyes.

The Biotechnology Research Centre Cell Culture Laboratory is equipped with normoxic and hypoxic cell culture incubators, biosafety cabinets, a fully equipped fluorescent (broad spectrum) microscopy system, a cryogenic cell/tissue storage tank, an ultra-freezer (-80oC), and metastatic cell behavior study systems including a microplate reader (Elisa reader). This fully functional and very active laboratory facility is used in cell culture, pharmacological, and metastatic cell behaviour experiments. The laboratory contains a cell bank that is used in the long time storage of cell lines including human breast cancer cell models (MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7) and rat prostate cancer cell models (Mat-LyLu and AT2). In addition, the laboratory supports other laboratories in the BRC laboratory complex by supplying working material.

The main function of the Biotechnology Research Centre Molecular and Wet Laboratory is to facilitate molecular studies. The laboratory is divided into several functional working stations according to subject material and contamination risks. These working stations include: a solution preparation station (pH meter, magnetic stirrer, distilled water maker etc.) to prepare solutions and pharmacologic agents, a protein work station (refrigerated centrifuge, SDS electrophoresis system, Western blotting system, and chemiluminescence imaging systems) for protein isolation and expression studies, a DNA work station (nano spectrophotometer, centrifuge, heating block, etc.) for cDNA synthesis, a PCR work station (realtime PCR rotary cycler, UV imaging system, horizontal electrophoresis system) for nucleotide expression studies, and anRNA work station (centrifuge, heating block, etc.) for RNA isolation and expression studies.

Chromatography is a widely used method for the separation, identification, and determination of chemical components in various mixtures. The Chromatography laboratory contains three major chromatographic instruments: Ion Chromatography (coupled with a Conductivity Detector) to determine major cations (Sodium Na+, Potassium K+, Calcium Ca2+ and Magnesium Mg2+) and anions (Chloride Cl-, Nitrate NO3-, Sulfate SO42-); Gas Chromatography (coupled with a Mass Spectrometer, an Electron Capture Detector and a Flame Ionization Detector) to determine volatile organic molecules and gaseous compounds, and Liquid Chromatography (coupled with an Ultraviolet and Refractive Index Detector) to determine polar/nonpolar nonvolatile organic molecules in various matrices. This laboratory also has a Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, which is used to estimate the organic load of various mixtures.

In the Electrical Machinery Lab, working principles and characteristics of DC and AC electrical motors and power generators are examined. Transformer experiments cover conversion ratio, mono phase transformer short circuit, loaded, and unloaded working, and mono phase transformer polarity determination. DC electrical machine experiments cover externally excited DC generator unloaded working characteristics and load characteristics. Asynchronous electrical machine experiments cover asynchronous electrical machine unloaded working, and three-phase asynchronous electrical machine loaded working. The laboratory also has Power Electronics Training Sets. They are designed to execute the applications of basic Power Electronics, industrial automation studying and using the control and measuring of electrical operations, recognition of the circuit elements, analysis, and application development. The Set consists of a multi-function Lab desk and Energy units, measurement modules, load groups, and the necessary accessories. The Set contains experiments that can be done with rectifiers, phase controlled rectifiers, AC-AC converters, DCDC converters, and inverters.

Nowadays, we depend on instrumental analysis techniques in various fields particularly in the pharmaceutical and food industries, with health issues, and for environmental pollution analysis. The Instrumental Analysis Laboratory hosts various devices to characterize various compounds. An X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer analyzes elemental composition of the samples from Beryllium to Uranium and can provide semi quantitative measurement; X-Ray Diffraction is used for the identification of crystalline structure in solid samples; The Scanning Electron Microscope technique is based on the bombardment of electrons onto the surface of materials in order to magnify samples up to 300.000 times to provide characteristics images and semi quantitative measurement; A Particle Size Analyzer is used for the determination of size distribution of the particles in solid and liquid mixtures between the range of 0.02 - 2000µm and a Differential Scanning Calorimeter is used to determine the characteristic heat amount of various samples.

Last updated: 14-08-2018