JOHN L. GROVE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
STUDENT COMPUTER GUIDELINES, 2016-2017
Computer Guidelines PDF
in the Grove College of Business recommend that students have their own
personal computers. This is only a recommendation, it is neither a
requirement nor a necessity .The University provides computers in general
laboratories for student use. These computers are fully equipped with the
hardware and software needed by the students and are open at hours convenient
for students. These general-purpose labs, however, can be crowded at the end of
each semester. Some courses require intensive and extensive computer work. Our
recommendation that students have computers is based on convenience for the
student. It eliminates the necessity of working on a computer in a lab with
many other students. In addition, the
student has access to a computer any time he or she wishes. The decision to
provide one's son or daughter with a computer must be the result of a
number of factors including perceived necessity, convenience, and cost. Others may wish to wait and see if or when
a computer becomes necessary or convenient. We do not recommend particular
brands of computers beyond being Windows
compatible, but encourage those who do purchase computers to shop for
the best combination of price, quality, and service. If you do choose to
purchase a computer, the following are general guidelines to assist you in your
The computer should be a Windows-based computer. For a new computer Windows 10 is
recommended, more specific Windows 10 hardware requirements and upgrade advice
can be found at Microsoft.com website. Desktop,
tower and laptop computers are equally suitable.
A surge protector or UPS to
protect your investment if it is a desktop or tower.
The machine should have a dual processor or better. With regard to speed, the
higher the GHz speed number is usually
The LCD flat panel monitor should be at least 15" or larger.
Memory: The size of the memory
(RAM) available should be at least 16 GB. More is better.
video cards are also recommended.
USB Flash Drives, DVD+/-RW Drives have
become the norm for external storage.
Printer: An inexpensive color
inkjet printer is nice for reports, letters and the like. Prices have dropped
to where they can be purchased for about $100.
Drives: These are handy for storing larger amounts of data and are very
especially for use
within our various computer labs. Avoid those that provide password protection
as they could
conflict with security software installed on our lab computers.
Communication Cards - network cards are essential if the student wishes to access
the ResNet network while on-campus – Ethernet 10/100 or faster card. Shippensburg University provides wireless coverage in most
academic buildings and common areas of the residence halls and campus access is
continuing to be expanded and upgraded. A wireless card (802.11x) is
necessary to take advantage of this mobility. Those living off-campus will need
a modem and an internet service provider to gain entry to the Internet.
Access – Access is widely available throughout the campus including our
academic buildings, computer labs and residence halls. A majority of the
faculty members are using the Internet to post assignments and course
LAPTOPS: Provide mobility and can be used in most of our campus buildings
through wireless connections - a wireless card is required (802.11x). An Ethernet card may also be necessary for web access in the Residence Halls where wireless access is unavailable.
Some things to consider on
purchasing a laptop:
- Weight – usually the lighter the computer the
more expensive. How much do you plan to carry the laptop around with you?
- Screen size – the larger the better but often
- Ports – how many devices can be connected to the
laptop at one time? At least two USB ports should be available.
- Docking Station – provides cable management
capabilities and alleviates the need to re-connect peripherals each time you
return to your desk.
- AC Adapter
- Security lock
may wish to also consider purchasing a mouse, speakers, carrying case, extra
battery pack, surge protector and a modem for use off-campus wired internet
Most computer vendors offer
discounts to enrolled students.
Grove College of Business has standardized on Microsoft Office (Access, Excel,
PowerPoint, and Word.) Software can also be purchased at reduced academic
prices from a variety of vendors such as www.academicsuperstore.com. Students are also encouraged to use anti-spam
and anti-virus software. This software is
provided free of charge from our ResNet services at http://resnet.ship.edu. The newest version of Office is
recommended and should include Access/Excel/PowerPoint/Word.