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Mobile Computing

Laptop Specifications & Program Requirements

laptop requirementsStudents enrolled in a Mobile Computing program must bring their own laptop. Sheridan does not rent, lease or sell laptops. The laptop computer must comply with the program's hardware and software standards. A Netbook or tablet (e.g. an iPad) is not a suitable replacement for a laptop.

2016-2017 Mobile Programs and Hardware/Software Specifications

Below is the list of Sheridan faculties and their associated Mobile Computing programs for the 2016-2017 academic year. To confirm that your laptop meets the minimum specifications for your program you will need to run Sheridan's pre-check utility.

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design – Apple/Windows Laptops

Program Apple
Requirement
Windows
Requirement
Bachelor of Film & Television* (Mobile in years 2 & 3 only) Performance N/A
Bachelor of Interior Design** Performance Performance
Interior Decorating** Performance Performance
Journalism Performance N/A
Journalism New Media Performance N/A
Media Arts (Not mobile in 3rd year) Performance N/A


* Bachelor of Film & Television does not require the use of a laptop until years 2 & 3. We strongly suggest you wait until just prior to entering your second year before purchasing a new laptop.

** Students in Interior Design/Decorating can bring either a Windows-based Performance Model or an Apple Performance Model. However, if you plan to use a MacBook Pro you must be running Apple's OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or higher and the Boot Camp utility. Boot camp will allow you to run Windows as well as Apple's OS X. You will need to have installed your own copy of Windows 7 (Pro, Premium or Ultimate), Windows 8.1 (all editions EXCEPT Windows 8.1 RT) or Windows 10 via Boot camp for your laptop to meet the pre-check requirements. If you are using VMware Fusion or Parallels to run Windows on your Mac, the IT Service Desk cannot provide software/technical support.

Windows 10 installation requires OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Program Laptop Requirement
Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership Windows – Mainstream
Early Childhood Education Windows – Mainstream
Early Childhood Education - Intensive Windows – Mainstream
Educational Support Windows – Mainstream
Educational Support Fast Track - Intensive Windows – Mainstream
Investigation - Public and Private Windows – Mainstream
Paralegal Windows – Mainstream

Faculty of Applied Science & Technology

Program Laptop Requirements
Architectural Technician/Technology Windows – Performance
Bachelor of Applied Computer Science (Mobile Computing) Windows – Mainstream
Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) Windows – Mainstream
Bachelor of Computing and Network Communications (Honours) - Telecommunications Technology Windows – Mainstream
Computer Engineering Technician/Technology Windows – Mainstream
Computer Programmer Windows – Mainstream
Computer Systems Technician - Software Engineering Windows – Mainstream
Computer Systems Technology Software Development and Network Engineering Coop Windows – Mainstream
Computer Systems Technology - Systems Analyst Co-op Windows – Mainstream
Electromechanical Engineering Technician/Technology Windows – Performance
Electronics Engineering Technician Windows – Mainstream
Electronics Engineering Technology Windows – Mainstream
Information Technologies Support Services Windows – Mainstream
Internet Communications Technology Windows – Performance
Mechanical Engineering Technician/Technology - Design and Drafting Windows – Performance
Mechanical Engineering Technician/Technology Windows – Performance

Pilon School of Business

Program Laptop Requirement
Advertising – Account Management Windows – Mainstream
Business/General Windows – Mainstream
Business/Business Administration & Accounting Windows – Mainstream
Business/Business Administration - Finance Windows – Mainstream
Business/Business Administration - Human Resources Windows – Mainstream
Business/Business Administration - Marketing Windows – Mainstream
Business Process Management Windows – Mainstream
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) Windows – Mainstream
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) Windows – Mainstream
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Human Resources Management) Windows – Mainstream
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing Management) Windows – Mainstream
Bachelor of Business Administration (Supply Chain Management) Windows – Mainstream
Human Resources Management Windows – Mainstream
International Business Management Windows – Mainstream
Marketing Management Windows – Mainstream
Office Administration - Executive Windows – Mainstream
Office Administration – Health Services Windows – Mainstream
Office Administration - Legal Windows – Mainstream
Project Management Windows – Mainstream
Tourism – Global Travel Windows – Mainstream

 

Using an Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro for Windows-Based Programs

If you're hoping to use a MacBook or MacBook Pro for your Windows based program you must be running Boot Camp and a supported Windows operating system. Click here for details.