Online Support Course
Computer and Materials
In order to use this web site to its fullest advantage, there are
some required materials that you will need, aside from the normally suggested
course materials of a notebook, pencil, and a calculator.
Obviously, since this is an online course, you must have access to an
Internet Service Provider.
It is suggested that the best access to this course will be to those
persons having, at least, the following type
of hardware and browser software.
- 110 MHz PC or Macintosh equivalent.
- 15 inch Monitor.
- 28.8-33.6 Kps Modem (56
Kps is highly suggested)
- Ink-Jet Printer. An ink-jet printer
is necessary in order to print some of the materials. If you do not
have an ink-jet printer, please contact the instructor for other arrangements.
- Netscape Navigator 3.0, Internet Explorer
3.0 or any newer versions of these browsers. Other Internet browsers
such as Opera 5.0 will do as well. See
Net Tools to download the latest versions.
- E-mail. Netscape
3.0, Internet Explorer 3.0, Opera
5.0 and more recent versions of these browsers support an E-mail
If you do not have and E-mail account with an Internet Service Provider,
you can of course use Yahoo mail, Hot
Mail, or some other free Internet Mail service. See
Net Tools for more
Those students who are using Macintosh computers
will not be able to download or run some of the software education programs
that are available. However, this should not affect those students overall
success in this course providing they follow the advice
given at the top of the Introduction page.
You will need the following as well:
- Word Processing (Word,
WordPerfect, etc.) and Spreadsheet Software (Excel,
Quattro Pro, Lotus, etc) for reports or
are several programs or suites available.
If you do not have access to any of these types of software you may
use the Text Editors
that are part of the operating system of your computer -- Windows (Notepad
and Wordpad) or Macintosh (Write).
Of course you may use the
old standbys of pencil and ruler.
Some worksheets and reports can be submitted electronically (attachments
to E-mail). You will not be penalized
for submitting hand written materials.
- Several 3.5 diskettes. You
may purchase them in packs of 5 or more at WalMart, Office Max, or Office
- Printer Paper for printing out worksheets
and reports. For our purposes cheap copy paper is sufficient.
Ink-jet paper is too expensive and unnecessary. Start with one ream
of paper which contains about 500 sheets. Copy paper is less expensive
at Office Max or Office Depot.
- Black Ink cartridge for your
printer. Color printing can be expensive and is not required although
occasional use of color for reports is suggested.
If you have any questions about the requirements listed above please
call or E-mail the instructor.
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