A significant amount of course work in these programs is completed with a personal computer. Please read this form to understand the minimum technical requirements to be successful in your graduate studies. All students are responsible for providing a computer which meets the specifications below, prior to enrollment. Help Desk: While you provide your own computer hardware and software, the DMU Help Desk can assist you with issues relating to your use of DMU Web sites and services such as email, the portal for student communication, and the course management systems. They can also assist you with using the DMU network on campus and accessing printers available for student use. The Help Desk cannot help with hardware failures on your equipment or installing your software on your computer. Backups: As a student, it is your responsibility to both back up your own data and work and to identify an alternative computer to use should your primary computer or internet connection fail. Minimum requirements: Hardware and software compatibility changes frequently, students should be aware these are minimum requirements at the time of publication (February 2019). Some software may have higher technical requirements than specified here.

Your computer should meet the following requirements:

Basic requirements for any computer
  • 256Gb or larger Hard drive with at least 80gb of free space (more recommended for storage of class materials)
  • At least 8gb of RAM (more recommended as it will improve performance of video playback etc…)
  • Internet access (broadband (DSL/Cable) recommended)
  • Flash Player (newest)
  • Web browsers capable of using HTML 5*
  • Java runtimes (newest)

System requirements for a PC

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or higher operating systems
  • Processor Speed: Minimum of Intel Core i3 or equivalent (i5 is recommended) Windows devices using ARM processors are not supported.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11*, Mozilla Firefox (newest)*, or Chrome (newest)*
  • Most recent version of Java or Java plugins.
  • Pop-Up blocking disabled
  • Microsoft Office version 2013 or higher (Office 365 recommended - available through student license).
  • Most recent version of Adobe Flash and Reader (www.adobe.com)

System requirements for a Mac

  • Macintosh OS 10.13 High Sierra or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox (newest)*, Safari (newest)*, or Chrome (newest)*
  • Most recent version of Java or Java plugins
  • Pop-Up blocking disabled
  • Office for Mac 2016 or higher or compatible office program/suite (Office 365 recommended - available through student license).
  • Most recent version of Adobe Flash and Reader (www.adobe.com)

* Some website features will not function correctly in some versions of web browsers.  It's important to have different browsers available to use, as functionality may be hindered.  If you experience difficulty with a browser, please try Firefox or Internet Explorer before contacting the Help Desk.

Computer competencies
You should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of word processing.
  • Demonstrate fluency with your Windows or Mac operating system. This is demonstrated by the ability to file, save, retrieve, and manipulate documents within the system.
  • Access, file and respond to e-mail.
  • Log onto the Internet with an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  • Navigate the Internet, including the World Wide Web (www), using the appropriate browser.
  • Attach, receive, and send files/documents to others; download and open files sent to students.
  • Conduct an Internet search.
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