Home Computing Environment
Please note that the School requires that prior to enrolling and starting the INFO 203 course (the content of which is required for MARA students as well as MLIS students) all incoming students have computer access in their homes with the following minimum hardware, as well as home internet access:
For PCs: Dual-Core Celeron, Core (Duo, Solo), Core 2 (Duo, Extreme), Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Itanium, Xeon, or AMD Athlon, Turion, Sempron, X2 Dual-Core, Athlon II, Phenom II, FX, and A Series.
For Macs: Intel-based processors (Core Duo/Solo, Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7)
- For PC users: Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1, or Windows 10.
- For Mac users: MacOS v10.12 (Sierra) or v10.13 (High Sierra) or v10.14 (Mojave).
- Chromebooks: Please note that Chromebooks are NOT supported.
RAM: 4.0 GB – 16.0 GB
Hard Drive: 100GB or greater. Solid State
Drives (SSD) and ”Fusion” drives are acceptable, and are
recommended where possible.
Storage and Backup: External hard
drives, USB Flash drives, and network-attached storage
(NAS) options are strongly recommended. Students interested in
cloud-based backup solutions are welcomed to explore such
options, however, you are strongly encouraged to verify that
the cloud provider has strong security in place to protect your
data. You are also strongly encouraged to maintain local
backups of your data as well, so that your data is protected in
the event that the cloud storage provider goes out of business.
Students are strongly encouraged to regularly back up critical
documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF HTML files, etc). For
Windows users, third-party software programs are available that
coordinate automatic backups of data to an external hard drive.
For Mac users, the Time Machine feature will allow you to set
up automatic data backups to either an external hard drive or a
network-attached Time Capsule drive. IMPORTANT
NOTE: You are responsible for backing up anything you
want to save from Canvas. If you have course work on Senna or
another system, you are responsible for saving that. We
strongly recommend that you keep extra backup
copies of anything that might be needed for your
e-Portfolio and that you back them up using one
or more types of removable media.
Audio: Sound card and speakers.
(NOTE: most systems now have a sound card
integrated on the motherboard, so you likely will not need to
purchase a separate sound card).
Headsets: Students are required to have a
headset with a microphone. USB headsets are strongly
Printing: Local or networked printer
(inkjet or laserjet).
Internet Connectivity: Access to a
high-speed connection is required. Minimum requirement: 1 Mbps
- Network Hardware: Any appropriate hardware for whatever type of Internet connection you have. For example: DSL modem, Cable-modem, Ethernet adapter, Mobile broadband card, MiFi (cellular WiFi base station), WiMAX modem, satellite dish, etc.