Computer Requirements for Online Courses

These are the minimum computer requirements you will need to complete online courses. This page will test your computer for the necessary programs. Please check below as to whether you have or do not have the necessary programs. If you need to download a program, links are provided to websites that have the installation files. PC computer using Windows XP or higher or Macintosh/Apple computer using OS 10.0 or higher.

512MB (2gig recommended) of RAM, with 1gig of hard drive space available, and operating with CPU processor speed of Pentium 4 3GHz or greater for PC, or running a PowerMacintosh or higher.

Connection to the Internet using a 56 Kbps modem (Dialup) however — DSL / cable connection is strongly recommended. (You can ‘Right Click’ on ‘My Computer’ in PC systems to find out your RAM.

An internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher (PC only), or Firefox 6.0 or higher (all Platforms), with the following browser settings: Javascript enabled, Popup Blockers disabled, and Cookies Enabled.

» What browser/version are you using?


RealPlayer provides live and on-demand, real-time RealAudio and RealVideo streaming content on the Web.

» Does your computer have RealPlayer?

Adobe Acrobat Reader
Acrobat Reader allows you to view and print PDF files on all major computer platforms.

» Does your computer have Adobe Acrobat Reader?

Adobe Shockwave and Flash
Shockwave and Flash presents interactive animations with streaming audio and video.

» Does your computer have Shockwave?

» Does your computer have Flash?

E-mail capable of sending attachments such as Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail.

Supplementary Software
Microsoft Word (or MS Word Reader) and PowerPoint (or MS PowerPoint Reader) or Open Office (When using Open Office please save files with common Microsoft word extensions such as .doc for documents and .xls for spread sheets – if you are unsure of which extension to use, ask your instructor).

Additional Hardware: Sound Card and Speakers

Install PLATO
PLATO, the program which will run your course, requires the use of plug-ins on your computer. You can download and install the required plug-ins when you first log in, or download them direct from the vendor website. Downloading make take a fair amount of time, depending on your connection speed and the number of installs. It’s recommended that you download and install the plug-ins ahead of time, before the student attempts to run the courseware.