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Laptop Hardware and Software Standards – Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

The page was last updated on December 5, 2014.

The information on this page applies to students who will enroll at the College of Health Professions in 2015. Laptop hardware and software standards and other information on this page are updated yearly each fall.

OVERVIEW


The College of Health Professions (CHP) requires that all residential and distance students bring a laptop to campus for their classes, labs and other activities. You will use this laptop computer for many important school-related activities. Our buildings are all wireless-enabled, and you will be able to access your campus email, student-related information, course materials, or other important web-based resources at any time using your laptop.

To ensure compatibility with the existing campus technology infrastructure, the College has identified hardware and software standards for student laptops. Students must bring to campus a laptop that meets or exceeds these standards. CHP hardware and software standards are different from university standards.

Students considering purchase of a tablet computer such as an iPad to meet the laptop requirement should be aware that, per data obtained from a survey of CHP students and faculty members, tablets are not sufficient at this time for use to complete all school-related work. Students must have access to a laptop computer.  A summary of the faculty and student survey results is available here.

During orientation, new students will attend an information technology (IT) training session. You will be given instructions on how to access the campus wireless network, email, course materials, discounted software, and computer support. You will need your laptop for this training. If you are waiting on financial aid in order to purchase your laptop at the time of orientation, you will still need to attend the IT orientation.

For more information on the laptop requirement, please contact Dr. Dusti Annan-Coultas, Director of Educational Technology, at 843-792-3968 or annandu@musc.edu.

MINIMUM HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS


Students must bring to campus a laptop that meets or exceeds the hardware and software standards below.  CHP IT will not be able to offer hardware repair for any student-owned laptops.

Software discounts, including discounts on Microsoft Office and other required software, are available to CHP students. All students should read the section titled "Obtaining Software and Discounts" below.

Minimum PC Hardware and Software Standards

Hardware Standards

  • i-5 or i-7 processor
  • 4GB RAM memory (if purchasing a new computer, 8 GB recommended)
  • 200GB Hard Drive
  • Graphics card with 256MB memory (or higher)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n or a/c
  • Access to a built-in or external DVD-drive for playing DVDs and occasional creation
  • Access to webcamera (built-in or external)

Windows Required Software

  • Microsoft® Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Microsoft® Office 2010 pr 2013 Professional (See "Obtaining Software and Discounts" below)
  • The capability to view and create PDF files (See "Obtaining Software and Discounts" below)
  • Virus protection software (See "Obtaining Software and Discounts" below)
  • Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • DVD player software
  • Two web browsers, one of which is Mozilla Firefox® (See "Obtaining Software and Discounts" below)

Minimum Apple Hardware and Software Standards

Hardware Standards

  • i-3, i-5, or i-7 processor
  • 4GB RAM memory (if purchasing a new computer, 8 GB recommended)
  • 200GB Hard Drive
  • Graphics card with 256MB memory (or higher)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n or a/c
  • Access to a built-in or external DVD-drive for playing DVDs and occasional creation
  • Access to a webcamera (built-in or external)

Apple Required Software

  • OS X Mavericks or Yosemite
  • Microsoft® Office 2011 Business Edition (See "Obtaining Software and Discounts" below)
  • The capability to view and create PDF files (See "Obtaining Software and Discounts" below)
  • Virus protection software (See "Obtaining Software and Discounts" below)
  • Quicktime
  • Two web browsers, one of which is Mozilla Firefox® (See "Obtaining Software and Discounts" below)

SUGGESTED LAPTOP MODELS


Below are some laptop models suggested by the College for students who need to purchase a new computer.  Students assume all risk and responsibility when purchasing these models.

OBTAINING SOFTWARE AND DISCOUNTS


Students can obtain much of the software required by CHP for free or at reduced rates.

Microsoft® Office and Windows Operating Systems


Compusult (http://www.compusult.com/ or 1-800-992-6058) is a software retail company located two blocks from CHP. MUSC students will receive reduced rates (approximately $20/license) from Compusult on versions of Microsoft® Office and Windows operating system upgrades (requires an existing Windows operating system and appropriate hardware). Students also can receive discounts on other software. Conditions will apply.  Students must show their MUSC badge when purchasing software at Compusult.

Viewing and Creating PDF files

Most Apple computers already come with the capability to view and create PDF files, so students with Apple computers may not need additional software. For students with Windows computers, there are several ways to obtain PDF viewing and creation software. Adobe® Acrobat software is available at Compusult for purchase. This software allows the viewing, creation and full editing of PDF files. As well, students can download free applications that allow for the viewing and creation of PDF files. One application is CutePDF, available at http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp. Once installed, a PDF of a document is created by going to “Print” menu in the application. To install, visit the website for more details.

Web browsers

It is highly recommended that students have access to at least two different web browsers, one of which is Mozilla Firefox®. To download and install Mozilla Firefox® for free, go to https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/ and look for the “Free Download” button for Mozilla Firefox®. Most Apple computers come with the Safari browser, and most Windows computers come with the Microsoft® Internet Explorer browser.

Virus Protection


Virus protection software is provided to MUSC students at no cost. This software is System Center EndPoint Protection® for Windows and Mac computers. New CHP students will be provided the opportunity to install this software during orientation.

SPSS


Some CHP students may be required to obtain SPSS statistical analysis software. SPSS version 22 installation CDs can be checked out from the MUSC Education Center and Library at no charge (to do: check that version 22 is still correct). Students must show an MUSC badge. Currently, five Windows and Macintosh version CDs, each, are available for 24-hour checkout.

* A “tablet” is defined as a mobile computer larger than a Smartphone having the following characteristics: the use of a touch screen rather than an integrated keyboard as the primary input, web accessibility, and the capability to install and run software/applications. Examples included the iPad, Microsoft Surface, Samsung Galaxy, and Kindle Fire.

 
 
 

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