Technology Requirements for HIIM Students

Minimum Hardware Requirements
Processor: Intel Core i5 processor or higher
Processor Speed:  2.5GHz or faster
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional
RAM/Memory: at least 4 GB
Hard Disk Capacity: at least 500GB
Monitor: At least 14”
Multimedia capabilities: speaker and microphone (headset or built-in) and webcam (built-in or usb)

Minimum Software Requirements
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus or Office Professional 2013 which includes the following programs:

  • Word for word processing
  • Excel for spreadsheets
  • PowerPoint for presentations
  • Access for database management
  • Outlook for email, calendar, contact management, and tasks

This software is NOT free. However, UT sells this product at a discount to students. For more details and pricing, go to

Antivirus software Recommended Microsoft Security Essentials. This can be downloaded for free at

Internet Browser Recommendations
The latest version of Firefox is recommneded and can be downloaded from  external link icon Internet Explorer 9 and above are not recommended for use with Blackboard.

Reader for PDF documents
The latest version of Adobe Reader is available for free from Adobe at

Movie / Audio Player
The latest version of QuickTime, Windows Media Player or RealPlayer, all of which are free downloads.

  • QuickTime -
  • Windows Media Player should come already installed on your new system (if it is Windows)
  • RealPlayer - -- (Note: You want the FREE download of the RealPlayer program. You are not required to download their more expensive player.)

You must have access to the Internet via one of the following methods:

  • DSL
  • Cable Modem
  • Satellite

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