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We strongly encourage students to purchase a computer using one of the following hardware and software configurations as a guide:
The columns below reflect the recommendations for laptop and desktop systems. Questions regarding your computing needs may be directed to Dr. Skip White, Area Head for Accounting and MIS, at (302) 831-6902. The University of Delaware has special academic pricing agreements with several hardware vendors. See the University of Delaware Technology Solutions Center web site for more information.
| Minimum configuration:
Laptop or desktop:
Highly Recommended Accessories
USB Inkjet Printer, USB A to B Cable USB Flash Memory Drive ("usb key" or "thumb drive"), Surge Supressor, Carrying Case for notebooks. Mac users wishing to connect their notebook computers to projectors for presentation purposes should purchase VGA adapters appropriate to their Macintosh notebook (MacBook, MacBook Pro, etc.) computer model.
Wireless network hubs are installed in classrooms, student lounges and common areas of Purnell Hall. Wireless is also available in the Alfred Lerner Hall atrium. Wireless hubs are also available in various locations around campus. Wireless hubs will allow convenient access to Lerner College networked computing resources for those with properly equipped laptops.
- You will need a 802.11b or 802.11g wireless network adapter to gain access
As noted above in the recommended computing configurations, the basic software used in the Lerner College is MS Office 2010 for Windows or MS Office 2011 Mac. As a student, you will have significantly more convenient access to all computing resources from your own computer. Computing labs are configured to support teaching and software demonstration and will only be available for general computing when not scheduled for classes. You will find open access to e-mail stations in student lounges and commons areas, as well as wireless hubs to facilitate network access from laptops.
Special Computing Resources
Some of the advanced computing resources include:
- An SAP "Enterprise-wide" software system (used in a variety of courses to demonstrate integrated information technology)
- A group decision support environment (to facilitate group decision making exercises)
- An e-commerce server (to facilitate experimentation with e-commerce environments)
- Multiple Windows 2003 development servers (to support the development of local and web applications)
- Multiple Microsoft SQL database servers (to facilitate exposure to client/server technology)
- Wireless network access from a variety of classrooms and convenient locations