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Technical Requirements

Have a computer? Buying a new computer or laptop? Click the links below to check our required technical specifications for use with your online classes. Take note of other required software and recommended accessories.



In order to successfully take part in a Post University Online course, students are expected to have access to a typically configured personal computer and the Internet. It is recommended that students plan in advance for alternative computer and Internet access in the event of a personal computer failure. Students are responsible for maintaining, protecting, and backing up all data and files related to their courses (outside of the Blackboard System). In the sections below, Post University Online suggests minimum computer specifications for use with online courses as well as recommendations for safe data storage. Contact technical support if you have any questions about these technical requirements.


Internet Connection


Our courses are designed to accommodate most standard Internet connection speeds including modem dial-up connections. However, it is recommended that you have access to a high-speed Internet connection such as DSL or cable modem for optimal experience. If you are unsure of your current connection speed, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for more information.

Minimum Recommended

56k Modem (Dial-up @ 56kbps or faster)

Broadband (High-speed @ 144 kbps or faster) DSL, Cable, or better



Software


Post University Online requires Microsoft Office productivity software for its online courses.

Minimum Recommended

MS Office (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint) 2003

MS Office (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint) 2007


Notice
: Students using versions of Microsoft Office older than 2007 are strongly recommended to install the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack which will allow users of Microsoft Office versions 2000, XP, and 2003 to open and edit Office 2007 files. You can download this pack from Microsoft's web site or by clicking here.



Web Browsers

Minimum Recommended

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.6 +

Netscape 7.2

Netscape 8 +

Firefox 1.0

Firefox 2 +

Safari 2.0.1*

Safari 2.0.1 + *


* Only available for Macintosh (Apple) computing systems



Plug-ins (for your Web Browser)

Minimum Recommended

Adobe Flash Player 7

Adobe Flash Player 9

Java SE 1.42

Java SE 1.5.7 +

Adobe Reader 6

Adobe Reader 8


Other Software

Some online courses may have other specifications or requirements, such as additional specialized software or hardware for use with the course. These requirements will be posted by the course instructor in the course syllabus. The instructor may provide additional information and answer questions regarding these requirements.


Hardware

The following hardware specifications reflect the minimum required specifications and then recommended specifications for use with Post university Online courses. Post University suggests that students purchase or use a computer with the recommended specifications. If you decide to purchase a new computer, you may do so from any manufacturer, retail store, and in any model that matches the minimum specifications (or better). It is also recommended that students purchase portable storage for data back up and protection purposes.



PC Users

Spec Minimum Recommended

Processor

Intel P4 (2 GHz)

Intel Core 2 Duo (1.86 GHz + )

Hard Drive

20 GB

80 GB

Memory (RAM)

512 MB

1 GB

Operating System

Microsoft Windows XP

Microsoft Windows XP SP 2 or Vista

CD/DVD

CD ROM or CDRW

DVD ROM or DVD +/- RW

Warranty

1 year parts/labor

2 years parts/labor/on site service



Mac (Apple) Users

Spec Minimum Recommended

Processor

G4 (1.25 GHz)

Intel Core 2 Duo (1.86 GHz + )

Hard Drive

20 GB

80 GB

Memory (RAM)

512 MB

1 GB

Operating System

Mac OSX 10.2

Mac OSX 10.4

CD/DVD

CD ROM or CDRW

DVD ROM or DVD SuperDrive

Warranty

1 year apple care service

2 years apple care service



Data Storage

Students should frequently back up copies of all data and files related to online coursework. A large variety of portable storage devices are available for this purpose including portable hard drives, thumb drives, flash drives, jump drives, etc. It is recommended that students purchase/use a USB connected storage device with at least 512 MB of available storage. CD or DVD record able media is also an effective means of data back up and protection.