Minimum computing skills

We expect you to be able to
  • Cut and paste
  • Open a web browser
  • Identify what a web address/URL is
  • Follow a hyperlink
  • Read what is on the web
  • Learn new things
  • Be willing to learn new things

The following is based on Deakin University’s Recommended minimum computer standards for students

Recommended minimum computing standards

You do not need to own your own computer. The University of Canberra provides on-campus computer facilities and laboratories. Such facilities can also be accessed at libraries and internet cafes. However, this unit requires computer and internet use at a sophisticated level. It is possible that many of the sites and resources we use will function on a computer with a lower configuration. Nevertheless, the following minimum specifications are recommended:

PC
Macintosh
2GB RAM
2GB RAM
120GB HDD
120GB HDD
2GHz Processor
Intel Based processor
Wireless support if a laptop
Wireless support if a laptop
USB support
USB support
Capable of running Windows Vista or Windows 7 or later
Capable of running OSX 10.5 or later
Microphone and speakers (built in or USB)
Microphone and speakers (built in or USB)
Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 3.0 or later
Firefox 3.0 or later
Sun Java 1.6.0 or later
Sun Java 1.6.0 or later
Adobe Reader 9 or later
Adobe Reader 9 or later
Quicktime 7.3 or later
Quicktime 7.3 or later
Reliable broadband internet connection
Reliable broadband internet connection
Anti-virus software
Anti-virus software

We strongly recommend you have anti-virus software installed.

Other hardware
A 4 GB USB flash drive for transferring data between computers.

Internet connectivity
A minimum broadband internet connection will provide the speed necessary to access some of the unit resources, such as audios and videos.

Note that internet connections from your workplace may have firewalls that limit access or other restrictions placed upon them that limit some functionality, such as the installation of software or access to certain sites.