Hardware

   

1. Laptop Computer

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



Graphics Card: 256 MB DirectX 10-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 for advanced graphics (i.e. NVIDIA® GeForce 6200 GPUs)  
  Display: 14" to 17" Screen - 1,280 x 1,024 with true color  
  Operating System:

WINDOWS 7 Professional - 64-bit or Windows 8

 

 

Note: Students wishing to use an Apple Macintosh computer will need to install Parallels Desktop or Boot Camp to run specific Windows based software programs.  
     
2. Printer/Scanner

 

 
  Office Jet or All-in-One Printer
Scanner
 
     
3. Storage    
  Back-up Drive:
Carry-on:
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 MB/Sec speed service.

Test your internet speed at the following address:
http://www.speedtest.net/
 
     

Software

(Recent versions)
 

MS Office Suite – Word, Excel, MS Power Point
Adobe Acrobat Standard to create pdf files
Media player
Internet browser

All Civil Structural Engineering course content is delivered through Canvas – UAB's e-learning software platform. Please see software requirements for use with Canvas:

http://www.uab.edu/online/students/canvas-tutorials/getting-started

 
     
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