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PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science - Laptop Hardware and Software Standards

   The page was last updated on April 12, 2016

All students beginning the PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program in 2016 must bring to campus a laptop that meets or exceeds college standards, developed to ensure compatibility with existing infrastructure and policy. New students attend a technology orientation and will be assisted with accessing the campus network, email, course materials, software downloads, and mobile device management. You will need a laptop at this time. Tablet computers are not sufficient at this time for use to complete all school-related work.

Hardware and Software Standards

Students in the PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science program will be required to purchase and use on their laptops platform-specific software. While hardware and software standards for the PhD program include Apple hardware and software, all students will be required to purchase SAS statistical analysis software, which operates only on PC/Windows computers.  Students may also be required to purchase SPSS software. Students should contact their content advisors and/or mentors to discuss necessary software. Information about pricing of software is included on this page.

Hardware and software standards for the PhD program are inclusive of Apple hardware/software because some newer Apple computers can be configured at a cost to the student to run Windows software. If students use an Apple computer to run Windows software, they must purchase a full version of Windows operating systems; the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) for Windows, and software such as Parallels http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/students), in addition to other required software such as SAS.  Consequently, PC/Windows laptops are highly encouraged. Students who are interested in using an Apple computer for the PhD program are encouraged to contact CHP IT with questions regarding technical requirements and anticipated cost of this option.

Students are highly encouraged to visit the CHP Software webpage. CHP IT will not be able to offer hardware repair for any student-owned laptops.

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Hardware

Software

Windows

  • i-5 or i-7 processor
  • 4GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 500GB Hard Drive (at least 2GB free)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n or a/c
  • Access to DVD drive
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) recommended
  • Windows® 7 greater than Home Edition (ie., Pro, Ultimate, or Enterprise); Windows® 8 greater than Home Edition (ie., Pro or Enterprise); or Windows 8.1 greater than Home Edition (ie., Pro or Enterprise). Windows 7 is preferred.
  • Microsoft® Office Professional 2016
  • Adobe Acrobat Viewer
  • Virus protection software
  • Quicktime and Windows Media Player
  • Two web browsers, one of which is Mozilla Firefox®
     

Apple

  • i-5 or i-7 processor
  • 4GB RAM memory (8 GB recommended)
  • 500GB hard drive (at least 2 GB free)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/g/n or a/c
  • Access to DVD drive
  • OS X Yosemite® or El Capitan®
  • Parallels or Bootcamp software and the capability to run a full version of Windows® 7, 8, or 8.1 operating systems. Information regarding Windows® 7, Windows® 8 and Windows® 8.1 operating systems listed above applies.
  • Microsoft® Office Professional 2016
  • Adobe Acrobat Viewer
  • Virus protection software
  • Quicktime and Windows Media Player
  • Two web browsers, one of which is Mozilla Firefox®

Suggested laptop models

Below are suggested laptop models for students considering the purchase of a new computer. Students assume all risk and responsibility when purchasing these models.

Important Software Information


Most software can be purchased for free or at reduced rates. Students are highly encouraged to visit the CHP Software webpage.

All students in the PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science program who will take the required statistics courses will be required to purchase SAS statistical analysis software.

While hardware and software standards for the PhD program include Apple hardware and software, ALL students will be required to purchase SAS statistical analysis software, which operates only on PC/Windows computers. Hardware and software standards for the PhD program are inclusive of Apple hardware/software because some newer Apple computers can be configured at a cost to the student to run Windows software (a full version of Windows operating systems is required, along with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and a software such as Parallels).

SAS is not compatible with Home editions of Windows operating systems. Students must use the following operating systems:

  • Windows® 7 greater than Home Edition (ie., Pro, Ultimate, or Enterprise) (PREFERRED)
  • Windows® 8 greater than Home Edition, (ie., Pro or Enterprise)
  • Windows® 8.1 greater than Home Edition, (ie., Pro or Enterprise)

SAS statistical analysis software is available for purchase through MUSC by students for $50 per year. Students who are required to purchase SAS should purchase version 9.4. Students must renew the SAS license each year during July/August at a cost of $50. Installation kits for SAS version 9.4 are available for 2-day check-out from the Information Services located at 25 Ehrhardt Street, Charleston, SC (to do: check that version 9.4 is still correct). Payment can be made by check (made out to OCIO-IS) prior to checking out an installation kit. Students who have questions regarding obtaining SAS should contact Paul Croy, MUSC Information Services, at 792-9342 or croyp@musc.edu.

SAS is available for Windows operating systems only. Prior to checking out installation kits, students must know if they are using a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows operating system.

When installing SAS, students must choose to install the “SAS Power and Sample Size” package, which is not installed by default.

For more information or questions, email: chp-it-list@musc.edu. Page last updated April 12, 2016.

 
 
 

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