Recommended computer standards

Deakin recommends computer standards which applicants and students should check to ensure they can make the most out of their learning experience.

Deakin's LIVE the Future agenda 2020 signals our intent to offer a brilliant education where students are and where they want to be, through premium cloud and located learning. To fully engage with Deakin learning experiences, students need to have access to and be able to use internet-connected devices. As such, please find below recommended standards for effective study at Deakin University in 2014 in:

  • Computers
  • Connectivity
  • Student computing capability.


In general, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past two years should be capable of meeting most learning needs at Deakin. Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones may also enable access to many common communication and learning experiences; however, there are likely to be aspects of most courses where their computing capability is insufficient. A minimum standard device suitable for most courses can:

  • Use a system such as Windows 7 or later, Mac OSX10.6 or later
  • Run a modern browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 14, Safari 5.1, Chrome)
  • Run Java, and in some cases Flash (IOS devices do not run Flash; ie. iPads, iPhones)
  • Run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • Connect to the wireless network (if used on-campus or at a learning centre, see below)
  • Enable the use of a web camera and headset.

Make sure you visit the software webpage for access to various software to assist you with your studies.


Deakin courses increasingly require reliable broadband internet connectivity, with upload and download capacity. At Deakin campuses and learning centres, this connectivity is available through wireless connection (for portable devices) and through shared computing facilities in libraries and computer labs. For Cloud (online) learning, students need an internet service provider (ISP). Deakin University has negotiated a broadband scheme for students and staff with Telstra, which allows for an unlimited amount of data to be streamed from the Deakin University website and a designated location. See IT offers for details.

Note: Some workplace and public facilities may have restrictions that limit internet access or functionality (such as installing software).

Student computing capability

DeakinSync is your personal portal to relevant Deakin University resources, providing access to everything in one place including tools to access our learning environment, manage your time, communicate and collaborate with others and manage your enrolment information.

Most students will be expected to be able to:

  • Access text, image and audio files on the web
  • Communicate using email and attachments
  • Create basic documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • Manage and backup files using common file formats
  • Use a common operating system to install and uninstall software, as well as manage software and settings.

This document provides general guidance: All students should check course and unit requirements carefully prior to enrolment and prior to purchasing or connecting devices.

Please direct any queries relating to these recommended computer standards to Melissa Harvey at the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) –

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