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Computer Software and Hardware Information

Students should have access to a computer, printer, and a connection to the Internet. All SCIS courses are delivered through a web-based Learning Management System (LMS) called Moodle. As such the major piece of software used to access SCIS course materials is the web browser you are using now. It is important to ensure that your web browser is kept up to date.

Athabasca University’s standard computing platform is a computer running Microsoft Windows with Microsoft Office. PCs are the primary equipment supported by AU’s Computing Services Help Desk and as such limited assistance for other hardware and software platforms is offered.

SCIS is also a member on the Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) which provides students registered in SCIS courses access to free-of-charge Microsoft software. AU also offers student software discounts from approximately ten different companies.

Some of the SCIS courses may have other software or hardware requirements which should be noted in the syllabi for Undergraduate or Graduate program.

Please note that the majority of SCIS courses should be able to be completed on a Windows PC, Linux workstation, Mac, or Tablet. If you have any questions regarding whether your existing computer equipment is sufficient please submit a request via the SCIS Programmers Request Form.

Updated January 07 2014 by FST Technical Staff

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