2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
    Oct 21, 2021  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Addendum


**Effective Summer Term 2020 for New Students and Effective Fall Term 2020 for Continuing Students

 

Technology Requirement:

All students enrolled at SCU are required to have a laptop.  Below you will find the MINIMUM and RECOMMENDED laptop specifications for Southern California University of Health Sciences.  MINIMUM specifications are for those who are choosing not to buy a new laptop and want to use an existing one and RECOMMENDED specifications are for those who are choosing to purchase a new laptop and need guidance on which specifications to use.

 

Operating System Requirements for Degree Programs:  BSHS, DC, DACM, MACM, MSPA, and MSMS

 

Windows PC

Apple Macintosh

 

Operating System

 

Minimum: Windows 10

 

Minimum: OS X Yosemite 10.10

Recommend: macOS 10.14 (Mojave)

 

Processor

 

Minimum: i3, Atom x5 or better

 

Minimum: i3 or better

 

Memory

 

 

Minimum: 8GB

Recommended: 16GB+

 

Minimum: 8GB

Recommended: 16GB+

 

Hard Drive

 

 

Minimum: 256 GB+

 

Minimum: 256 GB+

 

Accessories

 

 

Internal: Camera, speakers & microphone

 

Internal: Camera, speakers & microphone

Additional Options

Safeware.com or similar device coverage

 

Apple Care+ protection plan,

Safeware.com, or similar device coverage

Google Chromebooks do not meet the technology requirement.

 

 

 

Operating System Requirements for: Certificate Programs & Accelerated Science

 

Windows

Mac

Chrome OS

Operating System

Windows 7+

macOS 10.11+

Chrome 58+

Processor

Minimum: i3 or better

Minimum: i3 or better

Minimum: Intel or ARM

Hard Drive

Minimum: 256 GB+

Minimum: 256 GB+

32GB eMMC Flash Memory +

Memory

Minimum: 4GB

Recommended: 8GB+

Minimum: 4GB

Recommended: 8GB+

Minimum: 4GB

Recommended: 8GB+

Accessories

Internal: Camera, speakers & microphone

Internal: Camera, speakers & microphone

Internal: Camera, speakers & microphone

Additional Options

Safeware.com or similar device coverage

Apple Care+ protection plan, Safeware.com, or similar device coverage

Safeware.com or similar device coverage

 

Students are responsible for the purchase, upkeep and protection of their laptops. It is important to bring a fully charged laptop and charger to campus each day. The laptop is needed at the beginning of the first term orientation session for students. At orientation, students receive instruction on how to install and use Examplify and Proctorio for taking exams, email is setup, and Wi-Fi is connected.

 

Additional Options:

Apple Care+ protection plan offers extended technical support and accidental damage protection.  Safeware.com (or similar device coverage) offers additional insurance coverage for accidental damage and theft. Tests are administered through Examplify and/or Proctorio/Canvas on the laptop. In order for these programs to run efficiently and securely, laptops should be kept updated. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure technology compatibility and functionality.

 

Devices should have at least a 30% charge before entering an examination session. 500 MB or more of free space may be required to commence an exam. Students may not attempt to circumvent security features intended to secure examination settings. Current model laptops are encouraged. Examplify (ExamSoft) or Canvas and Proctorio may change the list of supported devices at any time, leaving older devices unsupported. A newer laptop is more likely to retain its usefulness throughout an entire degree program.

 

Electronic Testing:

Electronic testing allows students and faculty to monitor progress toward academic benchmarks at a detailed level and helps to identify areas where tutoring or other resources may be needed. Electronic testing can also allow students to be tested without proctors, remotely, and/or at their convenience, when authorized by their faculty. SCU uses ExamSoft/Examplify and Canvas/Proctorio as electronic exam management systems for students.

 

ExamSoft:

ExamSoft is one of SCU’s designated exam management systems for students. Students are responsible for downloading exams onto their laptop via an ExamSoft application called Examplify. Students then login to Examplify using their SCU credentials (username and password). Students can begin their exams at the appropriate times by entering in a password provided by their instructor. Students work offline; Examplify locks the laptop down so that once a student begins an exam, nothing else on the device can be used until the exam is closed. Upon completion, Examplify uploads the answer file for faculty use and deletes the exam files from the students’ computers.

 

Proctorio and Canvas:

Proctorio is SCU’s designated proctoring system for examinations administered through Canvas for all students. Proctorio is a Google Chrome extension, that must be downloaded and installed by students. Canvas is the Learning Management System utilized by SCU. Students enter the examination through Canvas in the course shell. Proctorio controls the testing environment, locking down elements of the laptop for duration of the examination as directed by the faculty member, activating the camera or microphone to record the test taking environment, and allowing the examination to proceed through Canvas. When the examination is complete, the answers are submitted in Canvas, and a recording of - and information about - the test taking session is provided to the faculty member, who can review to ensure the maintenance of academic integrity.

 

NOTE: All products, services, trademarks, and related items described in this technology requirement document are supplied and/or controlled by other organizations. The recommendations in this document are made in good faith. SCU is not responsible for the actions or inactions of any of these companies in meeting or not meeting any warranties, deliverables, or services, expressed or implied. SCU is not responsible for the failure of any of these products or services to function as described or implied, or for any associated harms. 

 

Internet Requirements:

Connection to the internet at campus and at home is essential. Access to a high-speed DSL or better internet connection includes:

minimum broadband connection of 3 Mbps upload and 3Mbps download for viewing lecture captures, simultaneous screen sharing, video and audio conferencing is required of all students.

Your internet connection speed needs to be fast enough to stream video without noticeable buffering, allow for uninterrupted web conferencing (streaming of audio and video) and a constant connection to download files, as needed. Please speak with your internet service provider to make sure your internet connection speed will accommodate these needs, and your router/modem are new enough to handle the required connection speed as well.

 

Policy Additions:

Applicant Denial Reapplication Policy

Applicants who are denied acceptance into a University program must wait one calendar year from the date of denial to reapply to the same program at the University.  Applicants who have been denied acceptance into a University program may apply to a different program at any time.

 

Admissions Denial Disclosure Policy

Admissions decisions are confidential and are not disclosed to applicants denied acceptance into the University.