Computer and Internet Requirements

Computer System:

 



Minimum System Configuration

Recommended Laptop Configuration

Recommended Desktop Configuration

Operating System

Windows XP

Windows XP

Windows XP

Computer

Pentium III or higher

Pentium IV

Pentium IV

RAM

256 MB Minimum;
512 MB recommended

512 MB

512 MB

Hard drive

20 GB

40 GB

80 GB

CD-ROM drive

Yes

CD Writer / DVD Player Combo

CD Writer & DVD Player

Modem

56K, cable, or DSL

56K, cable, or DSL

56K, cable, or DSL

Sound card

Yes

Yes

Yes

Speakers

Yes

Yes, built-in

Yes

Mouse

Yes

Yes, or touch pad

Yes

Monitor

14” or larger

Yes

14” or larger

Printer

Ink jet or laser; Color or black & white

Ink jet or laser; Color or black & white

Ink jet or laser; Color or black & white




 

Required Computer Software:

 

Required Software

Software Developer

Purpose

Microsoft Office XP or 2003

Microsoft Corporation

Word (word processing software)
PowerPoint (presentation software)
Excel (spreadsheet and statistical analysis software)

Norton Antivirus 2005 or 2006

Symantec Corporation

Protection against computer viruses, worms, etc.

PKZIP for Windows or WinZip or WinRaR

PKWare, Inc.
WinZip Computing

File compression/extraction and archiving (storage) software. Allows you to send multiple documents as a single file attachment. Decreases size of most files for faster e-mail transmission

Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0

Adobe Systems

For reading PDF documents on- and offline. This is a free download.

Web Browser and e-mail software

 

Browser: Access the Internet , course management software, and university e-mail.
E-mail software: access personal e-mail account.

Due to the rapid advances occurring in technology and the needs of particular courses, students may be required to upgrade or buy additional software during the course of the program.


 

Required Internet Access:

  • An Internet Service Provider (ISP); please be aware that many companies and military installations have firewalls in place that prevent access to D2L.

 



Recommended

Web browser

Internet Explorer 6.0
Netscape 7.2
Mozilla 1.3 - 1.7

Internet service provider

Yes

Internet access

Dial-up, cable or DSL modem

E-mail address

Once enrolled in a degree program, students will be provided with a University e-mail address that must be used for all school-related communication outside of the course environment.

Life in Discovery
3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, Il 60064-3095 • 847-578-3000