Parkland College - Minimum Laptop Requirements for BYOD Courses

Parkland sections that end in a "T" for Technology indicates that it is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) course and that students will need to bring their own laptop to class. This laptop needs to meet the following minimum requirements.

Hardware Requirements:

Must be a Mac OS X or Windows laptop (or tablet) that is Wi-Fi enabled and includes a keyboard. Smartphones and non-Windows tablets, including Chromebooks, are not acceptable. It also must meet the system requirements listed below in order to install the full client version of the Microsoft Office 365 suite which is made available to all Parkland students for free. Install instructions are listed in the "Software Requirements" section.

Windows System Requirements for Office 365: 
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or later

  • Computer & Processor: 1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set

  • Memory: 2 GB RAM or higher

  • Disk Space: 3 GB or higher

  • Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768

Mac System Requirements for Office 365: 

  • Operating System: Mac OS X version 10.10 or later

  • Computer & Processor: Intel processor

  • Memory: 4 GB RAM or higher

  • Disk Space: 6 GB or higher. Requires HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus).

  • Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768


Software Requirements:

Laptop must have Microsoft Office installed on it.  The Office 365 Suite is made available to all Parkland students for free via download. See instructions below.

Office 365 (Office 2019) - Installing and / or Accessing Online (Windows and Mac)

The laptop must also have antivirus software running on it. For the various options, please see Antivirus Software for Personal Devices .

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Tech Service Desk: Contact and Hours

In-Person Assistance: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., M-F, room A184

Phone/Virtual Assistance: 217-353-3333 * techhelp@parkland.edu

Fall/Spring: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th. / 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fridays

Summer: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th