Laptops at LDS Business College

To further increase the quality of the students College experience, LDS Business College introduced a new laptop initiative. Starting Spring Semester 2018, a laptop computer for the student’s coursework is highly recommended, and by the Fall 2018 Semester, a laptop will be required for classes and coursework.

The initiative is designed to provide better access to network resources and online learning opportunities. In some cases, these resources may entirely or partially replace the need for textbooks.

The laptop initiative will improve learning and enhance collaboration; improve class preparation, research, homework and study; and facilitate better organization, planning and scheduling.

Students need to purchase laptops able to run current Microsoft applications, access Wi-Fi and have enough battery life to meet class schedules.

Some programs may require student laptops with additional capabilities. Check with the specific program office for further information (i.e., the Information Technology and Interior Design programs).

If students have financial needs regarding the purchase of a laptop, they should contact the Student Financial Aid Office.

Electronic Devices in Classroom

The LDS Business College Learning Pattern envisions students and faculty who come to class prepared and classrooms equipped to enhance learning. The classroom should be a safe, non-distracting place—a place where everyone demonstrates mutual respect.

To promote such an environment, the College asks that electronic devices be used to enhance learning and not to become a distraction. These devices include laptop computers, smartphones and all other electronic devices. Instructors may—for the sake of achieving special learning objectives, or to meet individual student needs—authorize the use of specific electronic devices in their classrooms. With each student required to have a laptop, each classroom can become a computer lab, increasing the capability of the classroom.

Laptops can be used in powerful ways to enhance learning. Students could be asked to search for information regarding a particular topic, take short in-class exams or surveys, and access library databases and other online content.

Faculty will determine the appropriate use of electronic devices in their classrooms. If a student is using an electronic device without the teacher’s approval or in ways not conducive to learning, the teacher will ask the student to put away such devices.

Laptop Standards

Productive technology is an important part of the student’s education and educational experience. As students prepare to access their course(s) on a computer or other electronic device, they need to ensure it meets the standards outlined below:

 

Note:

  • Academic programs may have additional requirements or standards associated with a course or specific major. Contact the specific program for additional information.

  • Mobile devices including an iPad or iPhone, Android phones, and other tablets do not meet the minimum requirements needed for a productive educational experience at LDS Business College.

Hardware

Is the students computer too old?

It is recommended students use a computer that’s less than 3 years old. However, if the computer is older, make sure it meets all computer standards.

 

How much processing power (CPU) does the students computer need?

It is recommended students use a 2.0 GHz dual-core processor or greater. (IT students will need a Quad Core processor)

 

How much memory or RAM does the students computer need?

It is recommended students have 4GB RAM or greater. (IT students will need 12 GB Ram minimum)

Learn how to check RAM in a Windows computer.

Learn how to check RAM in a Mac.

 

How much available hard drive space should be on a student’s computer?

It is recommended a minimum of 20GB of free space. (IT students will need 500 GB Minimum)

 

What should my monitor resolution be?

It is recommended a monitor resolution of 1024x768 or greater.

 

Do students need speakers, headphones or a microphone?

It is recommended students have access to speakers, headphones, and a microphone.

 

Operating System

What operating system should students use?

 

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows 10 or higher (recommended)

  • Windows 8 (minimum)

 

Apple MacOSX

  • MacOSX 10.10 or higher (recommended)

  • MacOSX 10.8 (minimum)

 

Note: The college does not recommend Chromebook laptops for College use.

 

Internet Browser

What should the students internet speed be?

It is recommended students use 2Mbps or better. Test your current speed.

 

Which internet browsers should students install on my computer?

It is recommended students have at least two of the following items installed:

 

Windows

Google Chrome

  • Version 44 or higher (recommended)

  • Version 40 or higher (minimum)

 

Mozilla Firefox

  • Version 41 or higher (recommended)

  • Version 37 (minimum)

 

Internet Explorer

  • Version 11 (minimum)

 

Microsoft Edge

  • Version 20 or higher (recommended)