Information Technology

Personal Computers At Bacone

Student success at Bacone College requires access to a personal computer and the ability to use commonly accessible office software. Bacone College maintains a number of cybercafes and computer laboratories which are accessible to all students. However, many students find that the convenience of having their own computer provides them a better opportunity for success. To that end, Bacone College provides guidelines to assure that student computers are sufficient to meet the needs of most courses.

Why Do I Need a Computer?

Bacone College is comitted to preparing students for their future. Whether a student ends up working in an office, a laboratory, a health care facility, a classroom or a pulpit, they will find a computer there for their use. Students will use their computer to write papers, do research, prepare presentations and analyze data. The college has invested in significant online databases to support student research. Many of the texts used in class have accompanying disks or websites that support the learning environment. Simply stated, the personal computer has become as necessary to the 21st century college student as a notebook or backpack.

Laptop or Desktop?

Once you've decided that you need a computer, it's time for you to decide whether you want to shop for a desktop or laptop computer. To help you decide, we will list the major advantages and disadvantages of both types of computers.

Owning a Desktop

Advantages:

  • Cheaper to buy than laptops and notebooks
  • Easier and cheaper to upgrade
  • Harder to steal
  • About 20%-30% faster than an equivalent laptop 

Disadvantages

  • Not mobile
  • Takes up space

Owning a Laptop or Notebook

Advantages

  • Mobile, goes anywhere
  • Can take advantage of wireless connectivity
  • Takes up very little space
  • Can use in classroom 

Disadvantages

  • More expensive
  • Slower than a desktop
  • Easier to drop/break
  • More Easily stolen

How Much Computer Do I Need?

The Information Technology Department at Bacone College wants to help assure students that the computers that they bring to campus will satisfy their needs throughout their experience. IT maintains both a minimum configuration and a recommended configuration for both Windows and Macintosh computers.

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