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System Requirements

Since all learning is Remote Classroom,  students are encouraged to consider the following hardware, software, and Internet connection to ensure that all systems used by distance learning courses will function properly.

Computer Hardware Required

Students are required to have access to a Mac or Windows-based laptop or desktop computer with the following minimum specifications.

For Windows Based: Windows 10, Windows 8+ and Windows 7+

  • Recommended hardware

    • 2+ GHz processor
    • 8+ GB RAM
    • 700MB of available hard-disk space
    • 3D class video card with 1 GB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL 3.1 or higher and is up to date
    • 3-button, scroll-wheel mouse.
  • Minimum hardware

    • 1 GHz processor
    • 4GB RAM
    • 500MB of free hard-disk space
    • 3D class video card with 512 MB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL 3.1 or higher and is up to date.

For Mac Based: Mac OS 10.15+ (Catalina), Mac OS 10.14+ (Mojave), and Mac OS 10.13+ (High Sierra)

  • Recommended hardware

    • 2.1+ GHz processor
    • 8GB RAM
    • 700MB of available hard-disk space
    • 3D class video card with 1 GB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.1 or higher and is up to date.
    • 3-button, scroll-wheel mouse
  • Minimum hardware

    • 2.1+ GHz Intel™ processor
    • 4GB RAM
    • 500MB of available hard-disk space.
    • 3D class video card with 512 MB of memory or higher and support for hardware acceleration. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.1 or higher and up to date.
    • 3-button, scroll-wheel mouse.

Optional Hardware

  • Access to a printer at home is very helpful but not a requirement
  • A 20” monitor is highly recommended for courses requiring the use of SketchUp (ID008-Computer-Aided Drafting & Space Planning and ID010-Final Project).

Software Requirements

Students are required to have access to the following software packages

  • Web browser with latest updates (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, or Google Chrome)
  • Populi Student Information System is accessed via a web browser at: https://aiid.populiweb.com o You will need to log in with the credentials emailed to you during registration.
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent (Apple Pages or Google Docs)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint or equivalent (Apple Keynote or Google Slides)
  • Zoom Application for video conferences at https://zoom.us/download
  • Google SketchUp Pro
    • License access will be given to you included with your Institutional charges
  • Helpful Phone App: Adobe Scan (or equivalent) is highly recommended to install on your mobile phone from the app store that enables you to scan paper documents to PDF format using your phone camera.

Internet Requirements

A broadband internet connection of at least 5MB/sec is required for Video streaming (Zoom).