HCC Online Technical Requirements

Taking courses delivered via the Internet means that you will need a computer, required software and a connection to the Internet. Let's start with the computer.

You may use a PC or Macintosh to complete your online course. At minimum, your computer should meet the following requirements.

Minimum System Requirements

Hardware and Software PC MAC
Operating System Windows XP MAC OS 9.0
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
CPU 1.0 GHz or higher Power MAC G3 or higher
Free Disk Space 10 MB or more 10 MB or more
Browser Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Mozilla 2.0 or higher Mozilla 2.0 or higher
Browser Settings JavaScript enabled
Popup blockers disabled
Cookies enabled
JavaScript enabled
Popup blockers disabled
Cookies enabled
Productivity Software MS Office or viewers MS Office or viewers
Internet Connection 56 K modem (DSL recommended) 56 K modem (DSL recommended)
Other Sound card and speakers (microphone and webcam recommended) Sounds card and speakers (microphone and webcam recommended)

If you purchased a computer within the last two or three years, in all probability your computer meets these requirements. 


Plug-ins are small applications that allow your Internet browser to display and/or access the latest tools used in web pages.  For example,  websites may display short films or tutorials that use the program Flash.  If you do not have the Flash plug-in, then your computer will not display Flash based materials.


It is your responsibility to:

  • Connect to the internet--A modem with a dial-up phone connection will be much slower than a DSL, T1 or ISDN line.
  • Install hardware and software required for the class--HCC tech support and/or instructor do not provide assistance with this.
  • Use email
  • Add attachments to emails
  • Enter web addresses
  • Download a file from a website
  • Upload a file to a website
  • Use a discussion board
  • Use the internet to research information 
  • Cut, paste and save files
  • If you feel your basic computing skills are lacking, student help and tutorials will be available at elearn portal.
  • Attaching a document to an email message
  • Navigating within your course
  • Using a discussion board
  • Participating in a chat session
  • Researching via the Internet

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