Technology Requirements - Courses

Additional Software and Hardware Requirements

In the Kaplan University online learning environment, computer software and hardware allows you to communicate clearly and effectively with faculty, staff, and other students. It is the vehicle by which you submit all course assignments. Without the appropriate software and hardware, you will not be able to access course materials, collaborate with faculty, and complete assignments for submission and grading.

Along with the technology requirements, all students should review and be aware of any additional software and hardware requirements for their classes prior to enrollment. Please review the following information carefully. If you have questions about these requirements or about whether your current software or hardware is appropriate for a class in which you would like to enroll, contact your Education Advisor at 866.522.7747 (Toll Free). If you need to purchase additional software, please see the Recommended Software Vendor section for information about discounted student rates.


General Requirements

All courses at Kaplan University require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Office. Assignments created using other applications, such as Microsoft Works or WordPerfect, are not acceptable. Macintosh files created using applications other than the MS Office suite are not satisfactory and will not be accepted by the instructor.

All students are required to have Microsoft Office 2007 or a more recent version such as Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus which is available as a free, renewable subscription to active, enrolled students at Kaplan University through the following online path: KU Campus > Community Center tab > Student Store & Discounts > OnTheHub. Note that if you are purchasing Microsoft Office for the first time, you may have to purchase Office 2010 or 2013, in which case you may also need to purchase an upgrade for your operating system.

Students enrolled in programs through the School of Information Technology are required to have Microsoft Office 2007 Professional or a more recent version and must have at least the Windows XP Professional operating system installed.

Open College at Kaplan University

In addition to Kaplan University's technology requirements, students must possess the following computer hardware prior to enrolling in Open College at Kaplan University: sound card with speakers, webcam, and microphone. 

Course Requirements

Some courses have additional software and hardware requirements. All students should review the chart below carefully, as well as any software or hardware requirements specified on the online course pages or in communications from your instructor. Please check to ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements needed to run any additional software. All software and hardware requirements are subject to change.

All arts and sciences courses require Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer, available as a free download at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13 (if you do not have PowerPoint already). From this page, search for "PowerPoint Viewer." In addition, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Communication program must have access to a computer with a built-in microphone and webcam or an external headset with a microphone and an external webcam. Please note: Kaplan University's Support and Solutions Team is not available to offer guidance or technical support concerning the use of microphones or webcams. Students should understand how to operate the built-in features and/or external equipment prior to using them in the classroom environment.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN and graduate nursing programs will utilize Shadow Health software throughout the program. The current, one-time fee is $99 and is paid directly to Shadow Health. Course syllabi will provide directions to students to purchase the software.  Please note: Kaplan University's Support and Solutions Team is not available to offer guidance or technical support concerning the use of Shadow Health. Shadow Health provides technical support for students.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Associate's Business (AB)
    • AB122: Payroll Accounting: Computerized Payroll Accounting Software (comes w/ textbook)
    • AB209: Small Business Management: Quicktime™
  • Accounting (AC)
    • AC122: Payroll Accounting: Computerized Payroll Accounting Software (comes w/ textbook)
  • Childhood Education (CE)
  • Criminal Justice (CJ)
    • CJ211: Police Operations: Windows Media Player® and Quicktime™ to view video segments
    • CJ246: Human Relations in a Diverse Society: Windows Media Player® or Real Player® is required for viewing videos.
    • CJ290: Confronting Terrorism Today: Windows Media Player® or Real Player® is required for viewing videos.
    • CJ407: Crisis Negotiation: Windows Media Player® or Real Player® is required for viewing videos.
  • Communication (CM)
    •  CM214: Public Speaking for the Professional: Webcam and related software—audio and video recording required for course
    •  CM313: Tools for the Digital Age: Webcam and related software—audio and video recording required for course
    •  CM405: Communicating Persuasively: Webcam and related software—audio and video recording required for course
    •  CM460: Strategic Communication: Webcam and related software—audio and video recording required for course
  • Fire Science (FS)
    • FS101: Fire Behavior and Combustion: Adobe Flash Player®Adobe Acrobat Reader® is required for viewing PDF files.
    • FS102: Building Construction for Fire Protection: You will need access to a camera to send pictures as part of Discussion requirements.
    • FS103: Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply: Windows Media Player® and Quicktime™ to view video segments.
    • FS104: Fire Protection Systems: Windows Media Player® and Quicktime™ to view video segments.
    • FS105: Fire Prevention Practices: Windows Media Player® and Quicktime™ to view video segments.
    • FS204: Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services: There are video clips throughout this course. You will need Windows Media Player® and Quicktime™ to view these video segments.
    • FS205: Ethics for the Fire and Emergency Services: Adobe Acrobat Reader® is required for viewing PDF files.
    • FS299: Associates Capstone in Fire Science: Adobe Connect® is required to view a webcast.
    • FS301: Fire Investigation and Analysis: There are video clips throughout this course. You will need Windows Media Player® and Quicktime™ to view these video segments. 
    • FS302: Advanced Principles of Firefighter Safety and Survival: There are video clips throughout this course. You will need Windows Media Player® and Quicktime™ to view these video segments. 
    • FS304: Community Risk Reduction for Fire and EMS Windows: There are video clips throughout this course. You will need Windows Media Player® and Quicktime™ to view these video segments.
    • FS320: Recovery Practices in Emergency Management: There are video clips throughout this course. You will need Windows Media Player® and Quicktime™ to view these video segments.  
    • FS403: Leadership and Management: You will need access to a PC microphone.
  • Health Science (HS)
    • HS305: Research Methods For Health Sciences: Tableau for Teaching is required. A free download is available.
    • HS312: Epidemiology and Biostatistics II: SPSS statistical software
  • Humanities (HU)
  • Information Technology (IT)
    • IT111: Programming Fundamentals for Beginners: Alice 3.0, © Carnegie Mellon University, available as a free download from http://www.alice.org/index.php
    • IT117: Introduction to Website Development: Latest version of the following browsers: Microsoft® Internet Explorer®; Firefox®, or Safari (for MAC® users) Web hosting service to display your course work. You will have the option of using the free Kaplan Web Server.
    • IT163: Database Concepts: Microsoft® Access® 2013 is required. This course uses Microsoft Access 2013. If you do not have a copy of Microsoft Access you may obtain a free copy of Access from the Microsoft Imagine™ Premium web store. If you do not already have an account, you will need to sign up for one. You may complete the Microsoft Imagine Premium Account Request form at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3 and an account will be created for you. You will need to know your Kaplan student email address (ends in @student.kaplan.edu). If you do not know it, please check your Kaplan email by clicking on the gmail link located in the upper right hand corner of your student portal. This is used to build your account.
      If you already have an account but do not remember your login credentials or have other issues with your account, please email the Imagine administrator at imagine.access@kaplan.com, and you will receive a response within 24 hours or 48 hours over the weekend.
    • IT213: Software Development Concepts—Introductory: Depends on student's choice of language. Eclipse for Java or Web Development, available from http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/updates/. Visual Studio for C#, available from the Microsoft Imagine™ account at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3
    • IT214: Foundations of Web Design: A clean editor such as NotePad™ or TextEdit™ is required for this course. Server space will be provided.
    • IT232: Software Design and Development Concepts—Intermediate: Depends on student's choice of language. Eclipse for Java or Web Development, available from http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/updates/. Visual Studio for C#, available from the Microsoft Imagine™ account at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3
    • IT234: Database Foundations: SQL Server Express available for download at
      https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server-editions/sql-server-express.aspx Server Express available for download at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server-editions/sql-server-express.aspx.
    •  IT247: Fundamentals of Web Graphics: Students are required to download GIMP™ and Inkscape™. Details and free download information are provided in the course. The ability to take photographs either from a digital camera, tablet, or cell phone is required.
    • IT261: Desktop Administration: VirtualBox® – Open Source Software for Virtualization – Download VirtualBox for Windows Hosts. http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads 
    • IT273: Networking Concepts: Microsoft Visio® will be required in this class. Version: Any version of Visio from 2007–2013 is acceptable.
    • IT275: Linux System Administration: Virtualization Software (VMWare®, Virtual Box ® or Virtual PC ®). Hardware requirements: A minimum of 30 GB of hard disk space and a minimum of 4 GB RAM.
    • IT278: Network Administration: Microsoft Windows Server® 2012/R2;Windows Server 2012 is provided free on the Microsoft Imagine™ website for all IT students. Sign up for an account at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3. Hardware requirements: A minimum of 30 GB of hard disk space and a minimum of 4 GB RAM. Version: Microsoft Windows Server® 2012/R2
    • IT283: Networking with TCP/IP: Wireshark® protocol analyzer (free download); Screen capture software
    • IT299: Associates Capstone in Information Technology: Microsoft Project®; Microsoft Visio®; All students have access to a Microsoft Imagine™ Premium account. Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3
    • IT301: Project Management I: Microsoft Imagine™ account for access to Microsoft Project® software. Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3.
    • IT302: Human Computer Interaction: A microphone is required. Audio file creation software (several free tools are suggested in the course) is required; Microsoft Visio is recommended, but other true wireframing tools are acceptable. Note that Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Paint, and the tools in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are not acceptable.
    • IT303: Application Development, Virtualization, and the Cloud: Windows 7. NOTE: Windows XP is not supported by Windows Azure. You must be running Windows 7 or higher.Windows Azure SDK. Windows Azure Training Kit. SQL Server® 2008 R2 – Express Edition. VirtualBox™. Microsoft Imagine™ account, at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3, to download Windows XP. Visual Studio® Pro 2010. 
    • IT350: Structured Query Languages: SQL Server 2012 Express and SQL Server Management Studio; Version SQL Server 2012
    • IT374: Linux System Administration II: You may need VirtualBox™ (free download) or Microsoft® Virtual PC® 2007 (free download) or VMWare® Player or Server (free editions), if you intend to install your Linux software as a virtual operating system. CentOS and UbuntuLinux Software. You can download CD images from www.centos.org and www.ubuntu.org. Your systems must be capable of installing the CentOS and UbuntuLinux operating system as a stand-alone operating system, a dual-boot, or as a virtual operating system using VirtualBox or Virtual PC or VMWare. Recommended operating system is CentOS 6.2 Live DVD and Ubuntu Server 12.1 or current images. The ISO images can be downloaded from the Centos and Ubuntu organization websites.
    • IT391: Advanced Software Development Including Web and Mobility: Depends on student's choice of language. Java, or Web Development: Eclipse and Codename One for Java. C# - Visual Studio and Xamarin.
    • IT401: Project Management II: MS Project® 2010. Note that MS Project is available by creating a Microsoft Imagine™ account at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3
    •  IT402: IT Consulting Skills: Microsoft Visio® is required. Mac users will need to set up a Windows environment to use Visio; information is given in the course. Microsoft Project is required. Note that MS Project is available by creating a Microsoft Imagine™ account at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3. A microphone is required.
    • IT458: Oracle Database Administration: Oracle® 11g Enterprise Edition: Available for download at http://www.oracle.com/-technetwork/database/enterprise-edition/-downloads/index.html  Version: Oracle® 11g Enterprise Edition
    • IT478: Web Servers and Security: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (Enterprise Edition preferred); available from the Microsoft Imagine™ website. Sign up for an account at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3.
    • IT481: Advanced Software Development: Depends on student's choice of language. Eclipse for Java or Web Development, available from http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/updates/. Visual Studio for C#, available from the Microsoft Imagine™ account at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3.
    • IT482: Network Design: OPNET IT Guru Academic Edition. Download this free software from the OPNET website, as directed in Unit 2. Adobe Acrobat Reader®
    • IT488: Software Product Development Using Agile: Depends on student's choice of language. Eclipse for Java or Web Development, available from http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/updates/. Visual Studio for C#, available from the Microsoft Imagine™ account at https://goo.gl/forms/DaJO90xPmuHHc6BD3.
  • Medical Assisting (MA)
    • MA260: Clinical Competencies I: Web access to SimCharts via Evolve
    • MA265: Online Clinical Competencies I: Web access to SimCharts via Evolve
    • MA270: Clinical Competencies II: Web access to SimCharts via Evolve
  • Management (MT)
    • MT209: Small Business Management: Quicktime™
    • MT217: Finance: Requires extensive use of the Time Value of Money calculator
    • MT357: E-Marketing for the Non-Business Professional: You will be creating presentations with free Prezi™ software
    • MT499: Bachelor's Capstone in Management: QuicktimeTM
  • Mathematics (MM)
  • Medical Office Management (MO)
    • MO260: Medical Office Applications: The Virtual Medical Office Online Simulation. Adobe Flash Player® for multimedia presentations and animations.
  • Nursing (NU)

    The Unity Web Player is a free Web application that you must install in order to use the Shadow Health™ Digital Clinical Experience™. Instructions are within the course

    Shadow Health’s Digital Clinical Experiences require the use of a computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse or touchpad. However, if you are currently unable to use the DCE due to a visual or motor impairment, please contact the Shadow Health Learner Support team. at Support@ShadowHealth.com

    Computer speakers or PC headphones are required in order to listen to narration and/or normal and abnormal sounds within the concept labs.

    Tina Jones™ presents auditory and visual information representative of a human patient. To address auditory accessibility, Tina's speech is presented as both audio and text displayed at the bottom of the screen, except in instances where the textual representation would distinguish physical findings (e.g. textual descriptions of breathing sounds). If you require a transcription of these instances due to an auditory impairment, please contact the Shadow Health Learner Support team at Support@ShadowHealth.com.

    The use of virtualization technologies (i.e. VMware, Bootcamp, Parallels) is currently unsupported when using the Digital Clinical Experience

  • Paralegal Studies (PA)
    • PA335: Trial And Courtroom Presentation: SmartDraw® Legal 2014 ASIN: 1935341049
  • Public Administration and Policy (PP)
  • Science (SC)
    • SC360: Energy and Our Global Climate: Adobe Acrobat Reader®; Adobe Flash Player® (to view multimedia presentations); Java™
  • Social Science (SS)

Graduate Courses

Updated: March 2015. Subject to change.

Kaplan University’s Recommended Software Vendor

 

If you plan to register for a course that requires software you do not currently have installed, try finding it at OnTheHub, the online software store that offers software at a substantial student discount.

To visit OnTheHub, log in to KU Campus, click on the Community Center tab on the homepage, click on Student Store & Discounts, then click on OnTheHub.

Please note: Enrolled, active students at Kaplan University may now download and install Microsoft Office for free through the Office 365 ProPlus free subscription available on the OnTheHub site. Office 365 ProPlus is the equivalent of the full Office 2013 version containing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.

Specifications of Office 2010:

 

Microsoft Office 2010  

Includes:

 

Word

Excel

Power
Point
 

Outlook

Access

Publisher

One Note

Professional Academic  

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Standard

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (with Business Contact Manager)  

No

Yes

Yes

Professional

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Office Home and Business  

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Office Home and Student  

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Microsoft Word 2010 and the other Office 2010 applications require at least a Windows XP operating system. Microsoft Office 2010 will not install on computers running previous versions of Windows including 2000 ME, 98, 95, 3.x, or NT4.


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