Mobile Computing

Laptop Specifications & Program Requirements

laptop specifications picStudents 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.

Many of the favourite software applications used by mobile computing students along with faculty, staff and students using Sheridan devices are available through AppsAnywhere.

2019-2020 Mobile Programs and Hardware/Software Specifications

Below is the list of Sheridan faculties and their associated Mobile Computing programs for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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

Program Apple
Bachelor of Film & Television* (Mobile in years 2, 3 and 4 only) Performance N/A
Bachelor of Interior Design** Performance Performance
Interior Decorating** Performance Performance
Journalism Performance N/A
Journalism New Media Performance N/A

* Bachelor of Film & Television does not require the use of a laptop until years 2, 3 & 4. We strongly suggest you wait until just prior to entering your second year before purchasing a new laptop.

** Design/Decorating requires the use of a laptop in the first year only. Students 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 10.12 (Sierra) or higher and the Boot Camp utility. Boot camp will allow you to run Windows as well as Apple's macOS. You will need to have installed your own copy of Windows 10 via Boot camp for your laptop to meet requirements. If you are using VMware Fusion or Parallels to run Windows on your Mac, the IT Service Desk cannot provide software/technical support.

Faculty of Applied Science & Technology

Program Laptop Requirements
Architectural Technician/Technology Windows – Performance
Bachelor of Computing and Network Communications (Honours) - Telecommunications Technology Windows – Performance
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) Windows – Performance
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
Honours Bachelor of Computer Science (Mobile Computing) Mac– Performance
Honours Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) Windows – Performance
Information Technologies Support Services Windows – Performance
Internet Communications Technology Windows – Performance
Mechanical Engineering Technician/Technology - Design and Drafting Windows – Performance
Mechanical Engineering Technician/Technology Windows – Performance

Faculty of Health & Community Studies

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Pilon School of Business

Program Laptop Requirement
Advertising – Account Management Mac - Mainstream*
Windows – Mainstream
Advertising and Marketing Communications – Management Mac - Mainstream*
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
Professional Accounting Windows – Mainstream
Project Management Windows – Mainstream

* An Apple MacBook Air is not considered an appropriate laptop to be used in Advertising programs.