Computer Requirements Information
Students taking CIT courses will need to have their own computers and Internet access. Using computers at a public library, workplace, or friend’s house generally doesn’t provide the necessary access required for success in this program.
A mixture of current computing technology (hardware), basic networking gear, class specific software (including network operating systems, development tools, etc.), and a virtual machine package will enable successful completion of most class projects. Information Technology is not a spectator sport. Grappling with computers in a hands-on environment will bring clarity to the concepts introduced in the text and lectures, and the experience will serve you well in the future.
Students enrolled in the CIT program will receive a significant amount of software as part of their enrollment. The CIT program has partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, VTC and Oracle and we are able to provide you with copies of their applications, development tools, training materials and other programs. If you had to purchase these packages yourself the cost would be many thousands of dollars. We think that it is important for CIT students to be using the best possible tools and we are working to incorporate these into our program.
Minimum PC Requirements
Computer hardware is a moving target. The machine you buy today will seem old and outdated in less than a year. As a general rule CIT students should own a modern PC (one that is comparable to machines available from major retailers). The following core requirements will enable successful completion of most projects in the CIT curriculum.
___ Intel or AMD multi-core processor
___ System Memory (4GB min, more is better!)
___ Hard Drive (bigger is better, but don’t buy the largest unit in production -- cost tends to be too high. SSD are not required)
___ Dual monitors with a matching dual-head video card is recommended (two 20” monitors are cheaper and much more versatile than a single 26” monitor)
___ Sound Card and Speakers
___ Webcam (higher resolution models are much better than the $20 units)
___ Current version of Windows operating system (department can usually provide students with a copy).
___ Microsoft Office (a version that supports the latest file format is required)
___ DVD Recorder
___ Current Antivirus, Firewall, and Spyware Protection (there are free options)
___ Broadband Internet Access (DSL, Cable, Satellite). Dial up access is not suitable for the CIT program.
Note that these requirements should be considered the minimum necessary for successful study in the CIT degree program. Individual classes may require additional hardware or software. Class projects will be best accomplished using at least one computer dedicated to your CIT studies. Reconfiguring your “main” or “daily-use” PC is not recommended. All students must secure the resources required to conduct proper study in the CIT field.
The primary CIT computer must be a dedicated machine that can be reconfigured, networked, and disassembled as needed to meet the requirements of each class. Many of the operating systems and software packages will require installations or configurations that may interfere with the normal operation of a daily-use, office or “family” machine. Trying to complete the CIT program using public library machines, computers at the office, etc. will simply not work. Most of our students already own a suitable computer. If you don’t please make the necessary arrangements.
All CIT students are responsible for supporting their own PCs, Internet connection, and software. CIT faculty cannot remotely troubleshoot computers, install software or deal with Internet access issues. It is recommended that students develop a relationship with a local computer repair shop and their ISP as they begin the program.