Computer Requirements

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Basic Requirements

Basic word processing, Internet browsing, and Microsoft Office skills are required.

Technical Requirements

Students utilizing the Blackboard learning system should have the following minimum hardware and software listed below:

PC Computer Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor or higher
  • Windows XP or higher required. You may experience difficulty with Windows Vista and it is not recommended.
  • 1 GB of RAM required (higher is recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 4 GB free hard drive space
  • Internet service provider (ISP); broadband connection recommended
  • Microsoft Office 2000 or higher (to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 and/or Firefox 2.0 or higher browser(s). Internet Explorer 8 may have a few functionality issues with the online course environment so it might be best to have a back-up browser. Other browsers may allow classroom access, but not all functions will operate correctly and are not supported.
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Email
  • Plug-ins: Java 1.4 or later, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave, QuickTime, and Windows Media Player

Mac Computer Requirements

  • Mac OS X-compatible processor or higher
  • Mac OS X Version 10.3 or later
  • 1 GB of RAM required (higher is recommended)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 4 GB free hard drive space
  • Internet service provider (ISP); broadband connection recommended
  • Microsoft Office: Mac 2004 or higher (to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Safari 3.0 and/or Firefox 2.0 or higher browser(s). Other browsers may allow classroom access, but not all functions will operate correctly and are not supported
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Email
  • Plug-ins: Mac supplied Java and PDF reader (no download needed), Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave, QuickTime, Windows Media Player or Flip4Mac

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