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SIU School of Medicine Student Computer Functionality and Specifications

The SIU School of Medicine curriculum makes use of computer technology. It is highly recommended that all students have laptop computers for use in this curriculum. School-owned computers will also be available for student use in common areas (libraries, computer labs, tutor rooms, student lounges, clerkship student rooms) and through the loanable technologies program. Use of School-owned computers and networks (including dial-in and wireless access) is governed by written policies.

For students who already own computers, a functionality list is provided. Computers that can perform the listed functions should be adequate for your needs. For those who do not own computers or who are planning on buying new computers, a hardware specification is also supplied. These specifications are based on computers currently on the market and may exceed those of already owned computers that can meet the functionality guidelines.

Personal Computer Functionality Specifications (for already owned computers):

Student computers should support the following functions:

  • Web Browser
    • able to handle html, frames, plug-ins
    • able to handle pdf (Acrobat Reader) documents
    • able to handle Realmedia files
    • able to handle Windows Media Player files
    • able to handle ShockWave files
    • able to handle Flash enabled websites
  • Able to read /write Microsoft Office: Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access (not supported by Macintosh computers)
  • AntiVirus Protection: The School of Medicine provides McAfee VirusScan. Requires at least 1 GB Memory and Windows 7, or Apple Macintosh OS X (10.4.6 or later).
  • Network Capable
    • Ethernet Network Adapter (for cable modem, DSL, etc)
    • IEEE 802.11b wireless (laptop only) optional/recommended

Personal Computer (Laptop recommended) Hardware/Software Specifications (for new purchases):

  • Operating System (32-bit preferred)
    • Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: Minimum 1.6 GHz Intel or AMD Processor (Faster processor speed and dual/quad core processor highly recommended)
  • Memory: 4 GB minimum
  • Disk: 80GB minimum (120GB or larger recommended)
  • Network Connectivity: Ethernet Network Adapter (for cable model, DSL, etc)
  • Wireless Network Connectivity:: Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless Network Adapter (laptop only)
  • Display: 1024x768 at 16M colors minimum
  • External Ports: USB (USB 2.0 recommended)
  • Battery: Lithium Ion Battery life - Better than 2 hours (laptop only)
  • CD ROM: 12x (min) (CD/RW recommended), DVD (highly recommended)
  • Data Backup: CD-RW (DVD+/-RW recommended)
  • Extended warranty: (3 year highly recommended)
  • MSOffice: Version 2010 or later
  • Web Browser: (Mozilla Firefox recommended) Download Here
  • AntiVirus Protection: The School of Medicine provides McAfee VirusScan. Requires at least 1 GB Memory and Windows 7, or Apple Macintosh OS X (10.4.6 or later)

The School of Medicine does not endorse any particular make or model of computer.

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