IT equipment advice

The recommended specification for devices needed to support many activities within DABE is as follows:

 Operating system          Windows 10 fill version (no Win10 S Mode)

 Screen size                   14 inch or larger full HD screen

 Processor                     Intel Core i5, AMD Ryzen 5 or similar

 RAM                             8 GB

 Storage                        256GB SSD

 USB                             Two or more USB 3.0 ports

 Battery                          6 hour battery life

 HDMI                            Director or by adaptor

 

It is also recommended that you have a webcam and microphone for participation in video conferences and online group meetings plus a keyboard and mouse to enable you to work effectively with certain software.

These requirements are largely in line with requirements that the university recommends in general.  However, some of our programmes of study recommend enhancements or additions to these requirements.  This is because you will be working with certain software packages and will be carrying out digital analysis and/or design,

 

If you are a student of the following programmes:

MEng or BEng (Hons) Architectural Environment Engineering Programmes

MSc Sustainable Building Technology

MSc Building Performance Engineering

The use of MacBooks and similar devices is not recommended as running the software can be problematical with the Apple operating systems.

 

It is helpful (although not essential) for you to have:

  • A device that enables you to draw
  • A separate monitor with minimum screen size of 21 inch

 

If you are a student of one the following programmes:

BArch (Hons) Architecture

BArch (Hons) Architectural Studies

MEng Architecture and Environmental Design

MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

MArch Architecture with Collaborative Practice Research (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

MArch Architecture with Collaborative Practice Research (ARB/RIBA Part 2) and Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture (Part 3)

MArch Sustainable Urban Design

MArch Architecture Design

MArch Architecture & Sustainable Design

MArch Architecture Design & Build

MSc Renewable Energy & Architecture

 

It is recommended that:

  • Minimum RAM is 8GM but recommended RAM is 16GB
  • Your minimum screen size should be 15.6 inch
  • A minimum of three USB ports is required.  Alternatively, an adapter to extend one USB port to three or more will be acceptable
  • Your HDMI connection should be direct

 

It is helpful (although not essential) for you to have:

  • A separate monitor with minimum screen size of 21 inch
  • A device that enables them to draw

 

For all DABE students the following capabilities aren’t essential but could help improve your comfort while studying:

  • Rapid recharge of batteries or spare batteries to provide all day use
  • Devices than can connect to a bigger screen (TV or monitor) for longer periods of study or collaborative work.  University monitors use HDMI connections

Faculty of Engineering

Architecture and Built Environment

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