The program is a 30-credit hour degree program. It is intended for those who wish to achieve mastery at the highest professional level in Interactive Technology.
Check the current rates for courses, because they are subject to change each year. Some extra costs may be expected for materials required to meet some course requirements. Compare this to e-learning universities and major universities. Some charge as much or more per hour than we do for an entire course! This is extremely inexpensive, especially if you compare it to earning a degree in residence. Check the tuition costs.
Textbooks are extremely expensive and add significantly to educational costs. While some courses may require texts, we have attempted to do so only when absolutely necessary. Much information can be found on the Internet or posted by the instructor rather than requiring students to purchase unnecessary materials. We use standard software and only require students to acquire additional software when it is an essential tool that should be available to the student for course work and future professional applications. Even then, however, we attempt to select freeware and shareware whenever possible to hold costs to a minimum. Students are expected to have basic hardware and software.
There are no residence requirements, no on-campus orientation meetings, and no final meeting on campus. You may take all courses online. Students may live anywhere and participate if reliable Web access (Cable or DSL) is available. Students must own your computer system and software, e-mail account, and have an Internet Service Provider.
You must have a PC computer. Macs or Apple products should not be used in this program; all students in this program are expected to use PC computers, not dual platforms or adaptations. The preferred mobile smartphone OS is Android.
Below are recommended "minimum" specifications.Computer System Requirements:
- Processor - 3rd Generation Intel Quad Core, 3.3GHz, and 3MB Cache
- 6GB of Memory (RAM)
- Sound card (Speakers)
- DVD +-RW
- 320GB Hard Drive
- Graphics Card appropriate for Windows Version 7 or 8
- VGA/DVI/HDMI Monitor
- USB 2.0 and/or 3.0 ports
- 10/100 Ethernet Adapter
- For Laptops, WiFi 802.11 b, g, or n wireless networking. This program does not recommend a Netbook because of the software demands for course work, though all faculty do use netbooks for specific purposes.
- Cable or DSL
- Headset with Microphone
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3, Windows 7, or Windows Vista (Ultimate or Home Premium)
- Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 Professional
- Anti-virus software (available free from UA HelpDesk)
- Other software, such as graphics, authoring tools, communication tools, sound, and video, may be required for specific courses and will be purchased at the time of those courses. Software will be purchased as part of CSM 564, with the option of other software in other courses.
Basic computer competence is critical. You must be able to do the following skillfully upon entering the program.Operating systems
Launch or run an application, create a folder/directory, name a folder/directory/file, move a folder/directory/file from one location to another, rename a folder/directory/file, copy a folder/directory/file from one device to another, delete a folder/directory/file, initialize a disk, open a file, save a file, find a file, print a file.
Use an electronic mail system and be able to reliably send and receive messages, reply to messages, forward messages, create and send to a distribution list, create folders and file messages in those folders. It is required that you use your Crimson e-mail account in your own name that is used for all courses. You can understand that messages with different names and from different computers are difficult to manage for the instructor.
Install and manage software including documentation and software licensing keys.
Maintain anti-virus and malware software and ensure daily automatic updates.
Exhibit an understanding and facility with searching information resources beyond a Google search.
Install the current versions of the following plug-ins: Adobe Flash, Adobe PDF Reader, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, and Real-Player.