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Technical Requirements

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At Westwood, we strive to create a learning environment where students can focus on learning and not be troubled with technical problems. That is why we offer every student enrolled in an online program access to the Westwood Help Desk which is staffed with industry experts that are knowledgeable in technology and dedicated to your satisfaction.

Technical support

Resolving your technical questions is so important to us that we provide personalized support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's right! Even if you are studying at 3 AM and you run into a technical problem, you are able to connect to a live resource to help you troubleshoot your issue.

HelpDesk experts are able to assist you via telephone and/or email to give you a choice on how your issues are resolved. Course platform support operates 24 x 7 x 365.

Email the HelpDesk or call toll free to 1-855-581-7757 for all technical issues including problems with computer software, assistance navigating the Westwood.edu site and password issues.

Minimum System Requirements

Westwood College - Online Campus students may be required to upgrade hardware and/or software during their education.

Mac® users may need to install Windows® via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses. 

Each student must have access to a computer that meets the following minimum system requirements:

MBA
Business Administration: Major in Accounting (BS)
Business Administration: Major in Healthcare Management (BS)
Business Administration: Major in Management (BS)
Business Administration: Major in Marketing Management (BS)
Criminal Justice (BS)
Master of Business Administration
Medical Insurance Coding and Billing (AAS)
Medical Office Management (AAS)
Paralegal (AAS)

 Operating System

 Microsoft® Windows® 7

 Microsoft Windows 8

 Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater*

 Processor

 1 GHz+

 1GHz+

 1GHz+

 Memory (RAM)

 1 GB+ (1 GB+ recommended)

 1 GB+ (1 GB+ recommended)

 2 GB+ (2 GB+ recommended)

 Hard Drive

20GB AVAILABLE space

 Other Drive

DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)

 Sound

Speakers/Headphones

 Internet

Broadband (DSL, Cable, Satellite)

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Information Technology (AAS)
Information Technology (AOS)

Information Technology: Major in Network Management (BS)
Information Technology: Major in Systems Security (BS)

 Operating System

 Microsoft® Windows® 7

 Microsoft Windows 8

 Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater*

 Processor - Dual-core  Recommended

 1.3GHz+ 

 1.3GHz+

 1.3GHz+

 Memory (RAM)

 2GB (2GB+ rec. - 32 bit

 4GB (4GB+rec. -  64 bit

 4GB  (4GB+ rec..)

 4GB  (4GB+ rec.)

 Hard Drive

25GB+ available space

 Other Drive

DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)

 Sound

Speakers/Headphones

 Internet

Broadband (DSL, Cable, Satellite)

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Software Development: Major in Game Software Development (BS)

 Operating System

 Microsoft® Windows® 7 

 Microsoft® Windows® 8 

 Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater*

 Processor

 P4/AMD 3GHz or 
 Intel Core2 2GHz+

 P4/AMD 3GHz or
 Intel Core2 2GHz+

 P4/AMD 3GHz or 
 Intel Core2 2GHz+

 Memory (RAM)

 2GB  (2GB+ rec.)

 2GB  (2GB+ rec.)

 4GB  (4GB+ rec.)

 Display

1280 x 768 capable display or greater

 Hard Drive

40GB AVAILABLE space

 Other Drive

DVD-ROM (DVD-RW/CD-RW Recommended)

 Sound

Speakers/Headphones

 Internet

Broadband (DSL, Cable, Satellite)

 Printer/Scanner

Regular format printer

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Graphic Design: Major in Animation (BS)
Graphic Design: Major in Game Art (BS)

 Operating System

 Microsoft® Windows® 7 64bit

 Microsoft Windows 8  64bit

 Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater*

 Processor*

Dual core processor, 2GHz or greater

 Memory (RAM)

4GB RAM (8GB recommended)

 Display

1280x900 capable display or higher

 Graphics

Direct X 9 and OpenGL 2.0 capable - 256MB+ VRAM

 Hard Drive

100 GB AVAILABLE space

 Other Drive

DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)

 Sound

Speakers/Headphones

 Internet

Broadband (DSL, Cable, Satellite)

 Scanner

Flatbed (not sheet-fed) color scanner

 Digital Camera

4.0MP+ NOT a cell phone


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Graphic Design (AAS)
Graphic Design: Major in Visual Communications (BS)
Graphic Design: Major in Web Design (BS)

 Operating  System

 Microsoft® Windows® 7 64bit

 Microsoft Windows 8  64bit 

 Mac OSX 10.6.8 or greater*

 Processor*

Dual core processor, 2GHz or greater

 Memory  (RAM)

2GB RAM (2GB+ recommended)

 2GB RAM (2GB+ recommended)   4GB RAM (4GB+ recommended) 

 Display

1280x900 capable display or higher 

 Graphics**

OpenGL 2.0 video display adapter with 64MB Video RAM (256MB+ VRAM recommended); OpenGL 2.0 capable

 Hard Drive

40GB AVAILABLE space

 Other Drive

DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)

 Sound

Speakers/Headphones

 Internet

Broadband (DSL, Cable, Satellite)

 Scanner

Flatbed (not sheet-fed) color scanner

 Digital  Camera

Digital camera (available with course material)**

Note: Visual Communications students may need to spend up to $200 on resources and supplies during their education (including, but not limited to: tripod, studio lighting materials, parachute (or similar cloth), photo bulbs).

Students who wish to use or purchase their own digital camera must meet the following requirements: Digital SLR or Manual Mode Capable, minimum 6.1 megapixel; 18-55 mm lens (or equivalent), minimum 15 sec to 1/2000 exposure capabilities, minimum 100-1600 ISO.

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Computer Aided Design/Architectural Drafting (AAS)

 Operating  System

 Microsoft® Windows® 64 bit 7

 Microsoft Windows 8 

 Mac OSX 10 6.8 or greater*
 Processor

Dual-core processor, 2 GHZ or greater

 Memory (RAM)

4GB RAM (8GB+ recommended)

4GB RAM (8GB+ recommended)  4GB RAM (4GB+ recommended) 

 Display

1280 x 1024 monitor with true color

 Graphics

Display adapter capable of 24-bit color for basic graphics, 256 MB;
DirectX® 10-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3; OpenGL® 2.0 specification support

 Hard Drive

40 GB AVAILABLE space

 Other Drive

DVD-ROM/CD-R/-RW drive (DVD±R/±RW recommended)

 Sound

Speakers/Headphones

 Internet

Broadband (DSL, Cable, Satellite)

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Interior Design (BS)

 Operating System

 Microsoft® Windows®  64 bit 7

 Microsoft Windows 8

 Mac OSX 10 6.8 or greater*

 Processor  Dual Core, 2GHz or greater

 Memory (RAM)

 2GB (2GB+ rec.)

 2GB (2GB+ rec.)

 4GB (4GB+ rec.)

 Display

1280x1024 capable display or greater

 Hard Drive

20GB AVAILABLE space

 Other Drive

DVD-ROM (DVD-RW/CD-RW Recommended

 Sound

Speakers/Headphones

 Internet

Broadband (DSL, Cable, Satellite)

 Printer/Scanner

Flatbed (not sheet-fed) color scanner and regular format printer


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*Mac® users may need to install Windows® via Fusion, Parallels, or Bootcamp to accommodate the software used in certain courses.