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 Collegiate Unit Technology Requirements

    The following are the recommendations and requirements
    for computer purchase at UMD
    2013-14

      LSBE | CEHSP | SCSE | CLA | SFA | Computer Q. and A.

      FINANCIAL AID NOTE
      To determine if computer costs can be included in a financial aid package, see http://www.d.umn.edu/fareg/personal_computer.htm.

      Labovitz School of Business and Economics

      To help prepare our students for the current-day workplace all LSBE students are required to have a laptop computer (Microsoft Windows- OR Apple-based system) with the following minimum specifications:

      * Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.6.8 (or newer)
      * 2 GHz processor (multi-core Intel, AMD, or Mac)
      * 120 GB or larger hard drive
      * 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended for 64-bit OS)
      * 802.11g or newer Wireless network

      Recommended:

      * CD-RW / DVD-ROM optical drive
      * 10/100 Ethernet network
      * VGA external display adapter (for classroom presentations)
      * 4 GB (or larger) USB Flash Drive (to transfer files)
      * 3-4 year Service/Maintenance plan
      * Accidental Damage Plan or Insurance (available for laptops purchased at the UMD Computer Corner)

      Software Requirements

      * Some commercial software is available to LSBE students at no cost such as Symantec Antivirus, and SPSS.
      * LSBE participates in Microsoft's Dreamspark program: https://www.dreamspark.com/ This program gives students taking a class from a list of pre-approved courses access to numerous Microsoft applications, at no cost.
      The courses that currently benefit from this program are: FMIS 2201, FMIS 3225, FMIS 3222, FMIS 3232, FMIS 4221, FMIS 4225
      * Most courses in LSBE require the use of Microsoft Office, which is available through the UMD Bookstore at academic prices. Office is also free to students registered in a course that is part of the Dreamspark program.
      * Several LSBE courses require applications not available on the Mac operating system (e.g. Microsoft Access) so students will need access to the Windows operating system. The Windows operating system can be installed on Intel-based Mac computers using virtual software and the LSBE Technology Program will assist in this process.
      * Certain courses in LSBE require the use of the Data Analysis Toolkit or its equivalent in Microsoft Excel.
      * For more information on hardware and software requirements, visit the LSBE Technology Requirement web site: https://lsbe.d.umn.edu/technology/laptop.php

      Contact the Labovitz School of Business and Economics
      Office of Student Affairs, 218/726-6594
      111A LSBE Building, lsbe@d.umn.edu
      http://www.d.umn.edu/lsbe
      LSBE technology requirements: https://lsbe.d.umn.edu/technology/laptop.php

      College of Education and Human Service Professions

      CEHSP requires all entering undergraduate students to have a laptop computer.
      Minimum specifications for laptops:

      * Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.6 (or newer)
      * 2 GHz processor (multi-core Intel, AMD, or Mac)
      * 120 GB or larger hard drive
      * 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended for 64-bit OS)
      * 802.11g or newer Wireless network
      * 10/100 Ethernet network
      * CD-RW / DVD-ROM drive
      * 1 GB USB Flash Drive (to transfer files)

      Recommended:
      * 3-4 year Service/Maintenance plan
      * Accidental Damage Plan or Insurance (available for laptops purchased at the UMD Computer Corner)
      * VGA external display adapter

      Software Information:
      CEHSP students have access to a variety of software applications. Some commercial software is available to CEHSP students at no cost: such as Symantec Antivirus, and SPSS. to CEHSP students at no cost: such as Symantec Antivirus, and SPSS. Microsoft Office is available through the UMD Bookstore at academic prices.
      * For more information on hardware and software requirements, visit the CEHSP Technology Requirement web site: http://www.d.umn.edu/cehsp/technology/requirements.html

      Contact the College of Education and Human Service Professions
      Advising and Academic Services, 218/726-7156
      120 Bohannon Hall, cehsp@d.umn.edu
      http://www.d.umn.edu/cehsp
      CEHSP technology requirements: http://www.d.umn.edu/cehsp/technology/requirements.html

      Swenson College of Science and Engineering

      SCSE students are expected to have access to a personal computer for a variety of purposes, including online registration, email communications with UMD faculty and administration, and accessing information held in the UMD library and the internet.

      Specific computer needs and capabilities vary with individual students and major programs; there is no one standard requirement throughout the college. Some classes require students to use specialized software, which is also available in the computer labs for a fee. Check your department's web site for more information.

      Many students find it useful and convenient to use a wireless-capable laptop for in-class use and portability, although it is not required that students have a laptop.

      Contact the Swenson College of Science and Engineering
      Academic Advising, 218/726-7585
      140 Engineering Building, scsesa@d.umn.edu
      http://www.d.umn.edu/scse
      SCSE technology requirements: http://www.d.umn.edu/scse/students/tech/index.html

      College of Liberal Arts

      CLA continues to develop successful technology initiatives, which encourage and support all students to actively use laptop technology in their courses and course assignments. To this end, all CLA students are required to bring laptops to campus.
      Minimum specifications for laptops:

      * Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.6.8 (or newer)
      * 2 GHz processor (multi-core Intel, AMD, or Mac)
      * 120 GB or larger hard drive
      * 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended for 64-bit OS)
      * 802.11g or newer Wireless network
      * 4 GB USB Flash Drive (to transfer files)

      Recommended:
      * VGA external display adapter (for classroom projectors)
      * 10/100 Ethernet network
      * CD-RW / DVD-ROM optical drive
      * 3-4 year Service/Maintenance plan
      * Accidental Damage Plan or Insurance


      Software Information:
      CLA students have access to a variety of software applications. Some commercial software is available to CLA students at no cost: such as ESRI ArcView, and SPSS and Microsoft Security Essentials (for Windows). Other software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite are available through the UMD Bookstore at academic prices.

      Contact the College of Liberal Arts
      Student Affairs and Advising Center, 218/726-8180
      310 Kirby Plaza, clasa@d.umn.edu
      http://www.d.umn.edu/cla

      CLA technology requirements: clawds@d.umn.edu, http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/tech/requirement.php

      School of Fine Arts

      Art and Design Department
      All students admitted to the Art and Design Department are required to bring a 15" Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (standard 15-inch 2.3GHz with Retina display described below, upgrade if you wish):

      * 15” Retina display
      * 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
      * 8 GB o f1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM memory
      * 256 GB Flash Storage
      * 3 year AppleCare Protection Plan or alternate CPS 4 year computer accidental coverage plan at UMD Stores

      Software Requirements
      * Microsoft Office is available through the UMD Bookstore at academic prices.
      * Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection for Mac OS X (buy once and it's yours for life, but seems obsolete in 2-3 years, approximately $599 for student version) or Adobe Creative Cloud ($29.99 per month includes Creative Suite 6 Master Collection above, is always up to date, and adds more video, sound, and web apps as well as Adobe iOS touch apps but disappears when you stop your subscription, details at http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools.edu.html). Either the CS6 Master Collection or an active subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud is required for GD and DAP majors, and anyone who plans to enroll in Digital Arts or Motion Graphics courses. The CS6 Master Collection or Adobe Creative Cloud is recommended for all other Art and Design majors, but some students in Studio, Art Ed, or Art History majors who don't anticipate doing any work in video, motion, sound, 3D or web may find the less expensive Adobe Design Standard CS6 Student Version (approximately $199) adequate.

      Recommended:
      * 4 GB (or larger) USB Flash Drive (to transfer files)
      * 1 TB or larger external hard drive (for Mac OS X Time Machine backups)
      The department recommends you wait to purchase both hardware and software until you arrive on campus. Computers always have a significant educational discount, and software is often available at a substantially reduced educational rate through UMD Stores. Additional software may be required as you progress through the program.

      Theatre Department
      All students in Design/Technical Theatre Emphasis are strongly recommended to purchase a computer with the same configurations as listed above in the Art & Design Department.

      Music
      The department of music has a laboratory dedicated for its music students with current music engraving and recording software. All students should possess a USB Flash Drive 1GB - 2GB. if students choose to purchase a computer the faculty can recommend the purchase of either of the following computer platforms and software options.

      The department of music strongly recommends the purchase of either of the following computer and software options:

      Macintosh:
      * MacBook Pro or Air recommended
      * 2 GB RAM
      * 500GB Hard Drive
      * USB Flash Drive 2GB - 16GB
      * 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless network
      * Recommended software: Finale (It is recommended that students intending to purchase Finale wait until they arrive on campus in order to take advantage of educational pricing), Audacity or Garageband audio editing software

      Windows:
      * Windows 8 (available per University licensing agreement)
      * 2.6 GHz or higher processor
      * 500GB or larger hard drive
      * 2 GB RAM
      * 10/100 Ethernet network
      * 802.11g Wireless network
      * CD-RW / DVD-ROM Drive
      * Recommended software: Finale 2012 (It is recommended that students intending to purchase Finale wait until they arrive on campus in order to take advantage of educational pricing), Audacity or similar audio editing software

      Recommended:
      * Maintenance agreement for three years
      * USB Flash Drive 4GB - 16GB

      Contact the School of Fine Arts
      Office of Student Affairs, 218/726-7261
      120 Montaque Hall, sfa@d.umn.edu
      http://www.d.umn.edu/sfa

      UMD Computer Q. and A.

      Q. How many computer connections are on campus?
      A. About 3250 in computer labs, the Library, and offices on campus; about 2800 in residence halls.

      Q. What is the speed of the connections?
      A. Most computer connections on campus are 1Gbps or 100 Mbps Ethernet connections. In the residence halls, most connections are 100Mbps with a few buildings still at 10 Mpbs.

      Q. How accessible are computers for general student use if I don't have my own?
      A. Approximately 130 Windows PCs, and 20 iMacs with Internet, email, and office productivity software are available to all students. Another 256 Windows PCs and 103 Macs with over 150 software applications are available to those who purchase ITSS full lab access. For more information, see http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/students/.

      Q. Do the residence halls have labs or connections in each room?
      A. There are no labs in the residence halls but every residence hall room or apartment has one ethernet connection for each resident. For details (what students need, how to get access, etc.), see http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/resnet.

      Q. Should I wait and buy a computer at UMD?
      A. You are not required to buy computer hardware or software from UMD, but we do offer quality services through our campus computer store, the Computer Corner, and on-site warranty repair service through ITSS Maintenance. They can help you pick the best computer for your college or major. See http://umdstores.com/SiteText.aspx?id=4567.

      Q. Does UMD have wireless networking on campus?
      A. All of the main UMD campus and most of the Residence Halls support wireless access, including classrooms, lecture halls, and study areas (library, coffee house, Kirby Plaza).

      Q. Can the cost of a computer or laptop be included in financial aid?
      A. To determine if the cost of the computer can be included in your financial aid package, see the “Request to Include the Cost of Personal Computer” information at:http://d.umn.edu/onestop/student-finances/tuition-fees/cost-of-attendance/personal-computer.html

      Q. What software is available to students?
      A. A number of software packages are available for students for free or at reduced cost, including Symantec Anti-virus,  Windows XP or Vista, SPSS, and email clients and web browsers. For details, see http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/software/#student.

      Contact the Information Technology Systems and Services
      ITSS Help Desk, 218/726-8847
      http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/

      Contact the One Stop Student Services
      University of Minnesota Duluth
      23 Solon Campus Center
      1117 University Drive
      Duluth, MN 55812
      1-800-232-1339
      218-726-8000
      umdhelp@d.umn.edu

       

     

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