HCC Online Technical Requirements

To successfully complete courses delivered by HCC Online, you will need a computer, software, and a reliable, continuous connection to the Internet, as well as basic technology skills.


Netbooks, tablets, and mobile devices may be used for some components of online courses, but they do not have the computing power of a normal laptop or desktop computer and a student should not expect to complete all coursework on these types of devices. A laptop or desktop computer is required.

Note: HCC Computer Application courses follow a PC based curriculum and do not provide Mac based instruction.

Minimum System Requirements

Hardware and Software



Operating System

Windows 7

MAC OS 9.0


512 MB

512 MB


1.0 GHz or higher

Power MAC G3 or higher

Free Disk Space

10 MB or more

10 MB or more


FireFox, Internet Explorer, Chrome

FireFox, Chrome, Safari

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)


Sound card and speakers (microphone and webcam recommended)

Sounds card and speakers (microphone and webcam recommended)

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


HCC provides all enrolled students with free access to Microsoft Office 365. Many classes utilize Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Some courses require additional software as a Consumable Item added to the course cost and sent to the student in their bookstore order. Examples are: QuickBooks for Computerized Accounting, Adobe Lightroom for Photography courses, and Science Lab programs.

Internet Connection

You should always have a back-up plan to accommodate for Internet connection and technology issues.  Public libraries or community gathering or eating places often provide free wi-fi access.

Technology Skills

You should have these basic technology skills:

  • Connect to the Internet

  • Navigating the Internet, HCC Website, and Moodle classroom

  • Install or update hardware and software

  • Manage Plug-ins

    • Plug-ins are small applications that allow your Internet browser to display and/or access the latest tools used in web pages.

  • Use Highland email

  • Add attachments to emails

  • Download a file

  • Upload a file

  • Use a discussion board

  • Use the internet to research information 

  • Cut, copy, and paste text and images

  • Save and rename files

HCC provides technical support for our online students and classrooms, as well as Highland MyHCC and Email account accounts and HCC usernames and passwords. Access the IT Support website for contact information.

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