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1. Laptop Computer

  Operating System:

WINDOWS 7 Professional - 64-bit or Windows 8  (Windows 10 is not supported at this time)

  Processor: Intel Core I3, I5 or I7, 3.0 GHz  
  Memory: 4 to 6 GB  
  Hard Drive: 320 GB  

Graphics Card:
256 MB DirectX 11-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 for advanced graphics (i.e. NVIDIA® GeForce 6200 GPUs).
This particular graphics card is required to run specific software programs (i.e. Autodesk Revit Architecture) in the CECM 689 Building Information Modeling (BIM) course.  You will be using the latest version of the software.
For more information on Autodesk software requirements:

Autodesk Revit

Autodesk Naviswork

  Display: 14" to 17" Screen - 1,280 x 1,024 with true color  
We strongly recommend for CECM students to purchase their own personal computer.  CECM students will need to have administrative rights to install software applications for use in their CECM 669, CECM 673 and CECM 689 courses. In the past, some students attempting to use their work computers have run into issues installing these software applications due to administrative rights restrictions and/or conflicting software on work computers. 
Additionally, some students have experienced issues during exams due to incompatibility with web proctor service when using work computers.  During exams, students need to have administrative rights to their computer in order to allow remote access to their computer and screen by the proctor.
Students wishing to use an Apple Macintosh computer will need to install Parallels Desktop, Boot Camp or VMWare Fusion to run specific Windows based software programs such as Microsoft Project in CECM 669 Advanced Project Management, Oracle Primavera Contractor in CECM 673 Techniques of Project Planning and Control or Autodesk Revit and Naviswork in CECM 689 Building Information Modeling.

2. Printer/Scanner    
  Office Jet or All-in-One Printer

3. Storage    
  Back-up Drive:
1 TB External Drive
2 Flash drives: one 4GB, one 8GB

4. Audio/Video (Virtual Class Participation)  
  • Headset/earbuds
  • Webcam
  • Microphone


Note: Internal laptop webcams and microphones are suitable. However, internal speakers cannot be used for virtual classes. Students are required to use an external headphone/headset or earbuds.

Internet Service    
Strong reliable high-speed Internet connection – cable modem or DSL broad band with 2 to 8 Mbps speed service.

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(Recent versions)
  • MS Office Suite – Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard to create multi pages pdf files
  • Media player
  • Firefox or Chrome Internet browser

All Construction Engineering Management course content is delivered through Canvas– UAB's e-learning software platform. Please see browser requirements for use with Canvas: http://guides.instructure.com/m/4151/l/41056-which-browsers-does-canvas-support

As a UAB CEM student, you have access to free or discounted software through UAB IT:

Software & Subscriptions

Of particular interest:


Software can also be purchased at discounted prices from http://thinkedu.com/

Additional Supplies  
  • Additional Monitor Display
    A second Monitor display is highly recommended to increase workspace and improve virtual sessions (i.e. 22" or 27" Widescreen LED display).
  • Hand calculator