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Laptop Requirement for Junior/Senior IT majors

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Task Force Members:

  • Dr. Kamal Kakish
  • Ms. Susan Kerr
  • Dr. Anatoly Kurkovsky
  • Dr. Seung Yang

Task Force Meeting on 2/21/2011

  • Minimum requirement:
    • Windows Laptop Hardware
      • Operating System: Windows XP (Windows 7 preferred)
      • CPU: Intel Core i3 (2.0GHz) or above (2.5 GHz preferred)
      • Main memory: 4GB RAM
      • Secondary storage(HDD): 250GB (500 GB preferred if using laptop for music, photos, video)
      • Integrated Intel HD Graphics (ATI Radeon preferred for graphics intensive usage)
      • CD/DVD Burner
      • WiFi Compatible
      • Additional power cable recommended
    • Windows Laptop Software
      • MS Office 2010 (available beginning Fall 2011 at the Circulation Desk in the B building Information Commons area)
      • Virus Protection MUST be current!
    • Apple Mac
      • MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz i5 Processor
      • 4 GB RAM
      • 320 GB HD (500 GB preferred if using laptop for music, photos, video)
      • Integrated Intel HD Graphics (ATI Radeon preferred for graphics intensive usage)
      • SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF HANDLING A DUAL BOOT WINDOWS ENVIRONMENT
    • Mac Software
      • MS Office 2011 (available beginning Fall 2011 at the Circulation Desk in the B building Information Commons area)
      • Software to run Windows in virtual environment or dual boot environment

Task Force Meeting on 3/8/2011

Discussion about the compiled faculty software requirements.
Addressed some questions about Apple's laptop (Macbook) and software issues. Recommended specs will be posted soon.

Laptop Requirement

Minimum System Requirement

Minimum requirements:

  • Windows Laptop
    • Hardware
      • Operating System: Windows XP (Windows 7 preferred)
      • CPU: Intel Core i3 (2.0GHz) or above (2.5 GHz preferred)
      • Main memory: 4GB RAM
      • Secondary storage(HDD): 250GB (500 GB preferred if using laptop for music, photos, video)
      • Integrated Intel HD Graphics (ATI Radeon preferred for graphics intensive usage)
      • CD/DVD Burner
      • WiFi Compatible
      • Additional power cable recommended
    • Software
      • MS Office 2010 (available beginning Fall 2011 at the Circulation Desk in the B building Information Commons area)
      • Virus Protection MUST be current!
  • Apple MacBook Pro (NOTE: MacBook Air does NOT meet the minimum specifications!)
    • Hardware
      • MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz i5 Processor
      • 4 GB RAM
      • 320 GB HD (500 GB preferred if using laptop for music, photos, video)
      • Integrated Intel HD Graphics (ATI Radeon preferred for graphics intensive usage)
      • SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF HANDLING A DUAL BOOT WINDOWS ENVIRONMENT
    • Mac Software
      • MS Office 2011 (available beginning Fall 2011 at the Circulation Desk in the B building Information Commons area)
      • Software to run Windows in virtual environment or dual boot environment

IT Students Laptop Program FAQ

IT Students Laptop Program Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which IT students are eligible for GGC support with buying a laptop for educational purposes?

Answer. You need to divide this question into two parts. First, GGC provides all IT students with a set of recommendations about the technical requirements for your laptop for GGC educational purposes. Second, in some cases, junior and senior GGC IT students may be eligible to use their financial aid to buy a laptop for their educational purposes.

2. Am I eligible for financial aid to buy a laptop for my educational purposes if I am a junior (senior) GGC IT student?

Answer. If the student is on financial aid, then there are two options that would allow financial aid to help the student: a) the student can use his/her financial aid refund to buy it; and b) if the student has already used his/her "cost of attendance" budget up, he is allowed to bump it up once during the student's entire college career to purchase a computer (in this case the student will need to provide financial aid with a receipt).

3. Do I need to have my own laptop for all GGC IT courses at junior and senior levels?

Answer. Information about it can be found in the appropriate sections of GGC course catalog and in the syllabi of the specific IT courses. You may clarify this question with the professor of your IT course.

4. May I buy, suppose, a Mac laptop for my GGC IT educational purposes?

Answer. Usually, yes. But you need to buy a Mac that will met a minimum requirements for the student personal computers included in the GGC IT Students Laptop Program. You should also be ready to use some virtualization software on your Mac if the syllabus of a particular IT course requires having a Windows operating system during the course.

5. What kind of application software do I need to have on my laptop?

Answer. Some general information about a set of minimum application software that you need to have on your laptop for GGC IT educational purposes can be found within the published recommendations. At the same time because of potential specific purposes of your IT course, a professor of the course can include in the course syllabus some extra application software that will be used for specific educational purposes.

6. I have heard that some IT courses require using only a Mac laptop. Is it true?

Answer. As a rule IT course professors will not include in the syllabus a strong requirement for all students enrolled in the course to have a Mac laptop only. At the same time some IT courses can require using Mac computers in a particular course (Operating Systems course, for example) or a whole IT track (a new multimedia specialization at SS&T IT program). In this case the college will provide a special classroom(s) with a set of Mac computers. You should understand that Mac computers usually have more advanced technological characteristics and a strong reliability but they are more expensive then a regular PC.

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