Computer and Internet Requirements

Computer System:

 



Minimum System Configuration

Recommended Laptop Configuration

Recommended Desktop Configuration

Operating System

Windows XP SP3

Windows XP or Later

Windows XP or Later

Computer

Pentium IV

2.2 GHz Duo Core Processor

1.8 GHz Intel Duo Core Processor

RAM

512 MB 

2 GB RAM

2 GB Ram

Hard drive

80 GB

160 GB Hard Drive

160 GB

CD-ROM drive

CD-R/RW DVD-R/RW

DVD+/-RW

DVD+/-R/RW

Modem

cable, or DSL

10/100 Gigabit Ethernet Card / Wireless

10/100 Gigabit Ethernet Card 

Sound card

Built In

Built In

Built In

Speakers

Yes

Yes, built-in

Yes

Mouse

Yes

Yes, or touch pad

Yes

Monitor

14” or larger

Yes

20" Flat Panel

Backup

External USB backup drive

External USB backup drive

External USB Backup Drive




 

Required Computer Software:

 

Required Software

Software Developer

Purpose

Microsoft Office XP or later

Microsoft Corporation

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

Norton Antivirus 

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 9 or later

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 8.0
Firefox 13.0.1

Internet service provider

Yes

Internet access

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