About HU

About a Laptop as a Requisite Tool

update:2021/2/9

Policy

From Academic Year 2015, every student at Hiroshima University is required to have and use a laptop computer in their academic activities.
You will use your laptop computer in classes of “Daigaku Kyoiku Nyumon (i.e. Introductory course)” and other IT-related classes. You will also use a computer and the Internet on several occasions, including when writing lecture reports and papers.

Administrative procedures such as registration for classes and viewing your grades and credits, communication from teachers and the administrative office, etc. are made via the student information website MOMIJI (https://momiji.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/). Computers are often used in classes. You must bring your laptop computer to some classes when instructed to do so by your teachers. Therefore, you must obtain a laptop computer before the first school term starts.

News release document (Japanese Only)
https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/system/files/34459/no59_h2.pdf

Purpose

  • Continuously producing people with ability to make the best use of information and communication technology in advanced information-oriented society.
  • Extending educational power with the advanced EdTech.
  • Promoting paperless distribution and submission of educational materials.

Measures

We promote the following measures.

  • Increasing the number of courses that Student PC.
  • Improving campus environment for Student PC including Wi-Fi facilities.
  • Lending a laptop for a long term to students who don't have Student PC for financial reasons

In addition, Hiroshima University has a comprehensive license agreement with Microsoft. Under this license, students of HU may install anti-virus software and applications software (Microsoft Office) without any charge.

Contens To the students who enrolled in Hiroshima University in 2021

Required Specifications of a Laptop that You Prepare Before Enrollment

* If you already have a laptop computer meeting these specifications, you may use it. You do not need to get a new one.  Please note that "Required Software Programs" may not run on Windows 10 on ARM and macOS with Apple M1 chip.

  • Software specifications:
    • The OS must be either Windows or macOS and has not expired at the time of enrollment.
    • The following applications should work lightly.
      The latest version of Microsoft Office, antivirus software
  • Hardware specifications:
    • Have a wireless LAN (compatible with 5 GHz band (IEEE802.11a or IEEE802.11ac must be included in the supported standard)).
    • Battery operation time should be at least 8 hours.
    • Have a keyboard.
    • * It is desirable that the PC be equipped with a camera, microphone, and at least 8 GB of memory in preparation for online classes.

  

Please note that students who will enroll in the following schools/departments must install the OS specified below:

  • School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Department of Integrated Global Studies
    • Limited to Japanese or English OS. The OS in other languages, such as Chinese, are not allowed. 
  • School of Letters, Humanities
    • Camera and microphone must be available.
  • School of Education, Cluster I, Program in Special Needs School Teacher Education
    • Windows is necessary in some classes. If you are taking that course and your computer runs on macOS, install Windows. In this case, you need to purchase an individual license. (Reference price: approximately 20,000 yen for Windows 10 Home)
  • School of Education, Cluster II, Program in Technology and Information Educatio
    • Windows is the requisite OS. If your computer runs on macOS, install Windows.In this case, you need to purchase an individual license. (Reference price: approximately 20,000 yen for Windows 10 Home)
    • Login username should be alphanumeric.
  • School of Education, Cluster V, Program in Psychology
    • Windows is necessary in some classes. If your computer runs on macOS, install Windows.In this case, you need to purchase an individual license. (Reference price: approximately 20,000 yen for Windows 10 Home)
  • School of Science, Biological Science
    • Prepare connectors for external displays. (e.g., HDMI, Display port, VGA)
    • Prepare conversion adaptors if D-sub15 VGA connectors are not available. (recommended)
  • School of Science, Earth and Planetary Systems Science
    • Windows is recommended. If your computer runs on macOS, install Windows.
    • In this case, you need to purchase an individual license. (Reference price: approximately 20,000 yen for Windows 10 Home)
  • School of Medicine, Program of Medicine
    • Highly accurate touch pen (Stylus pen) with electromagnetic / electrostatic type can be used and be able to bring it with your PC.
  • School of Dentistry, Program of Dentistry and Program of Oral Health Sciences
    • Prepare connectors for external displays. (e.g., HDMI, Display port, VGA)
    • Prepare conversion adaptors if D-sub15 VGA connectors are not available. (recommended)
    • A webcam and a microphone have to be available on your laptop.If your laptop does not have a built-in webcam and an internal microphone, you can use external ones.
  • School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Storage capacity is recommended 250GB.
  • School of Engineering Cluster I
    • Windows 64bit is the requisite OS. If your computer runs on macOS, install Windows.In this case, you need to purchase an individual license. (Reference price: approximately 20,000 yen for Windows 10 Home)
  • School of Engineering Cluster II
    • Windows is the requisite OS. If your computer runs on macOS, install Windows.In this case, you need to purchase an individual license. (Reference price: approximately 20,000 yen for Windows 10 Home)
  • School of Engineering, Cluster III
    • Windows is necessary in some classes.
  • School of Engineering Cluster Ⅳ
    • Windows is the requisite OS. If your computer runs on macOS, install Windows.In this case, you need to purchase an individual license. (Reference price: approximately 20,000 yen for Windows 10 Home)
    • Please note that if you are assigned to the architecture program in the second year or later, you may use BIM software such as Archicad (see the website below) for drafting work.
  • School of Informatics and Data Science, Department of Informatics and Data Science Course Major
    • Windows 10 is the requisite OS. If your computer runs on macOS, install Windows.In this case, you need to purchase an individual license. (Reference price: approximately 20,000 yen for Windows 10 Home)

[Important]For those who have difficulty preparing a laptop due to financial difficulty:

Laptop rental service is available for students who have difficulty preparing laptops due to financial reasons. Students who wish to use the service can borrow a laptop for free for a year. Please read “Guidance Regarding Laptop Rental Service” on pages 42 to 43 to check the conditions and other details of the service, and then take the necessary procedures.

 

Startup Workshop for Your Laptop (required for all students)

In the workshop, you will learn how to access to wireless LAN, log in to the student information website MOMIJI, install and confirm the installation of anti-virus software, and other matters. This workshop will be conducted in a self-study.

Freshmen should be required to conduct below,

  1. Initial setting and check of your own PC by yourself referring to "Web textbook".

  2. Submit the "Laptop Checklist" on the virtual learning environment "Bb9."

*For the freshmen who are hard to set up and check them by themselves, please choose one below,

1. Support at a Support room in the Startup Workshop for Your Laptop 
Our staff takes care of your questions in in the following Venue.
 

Campus

Date,Time

Venue (Co-op PC)

Venue (Other than Co-op PC)

Higashi-Hiroshima campus

April 5th 13:00-17:30

April 6th 13:00-17:30

April 7th 10:00-17:30

Seminar rooms 2F, Information Media Center

Group-work room 2F, Information Media Center

Kasumi campus

April 7th 10:00-17:30

Basic Lecture Building 1st floor (terminal room2)

Basic Lecture Building 1F (terminal room1)

Higashi-Senda campus

April 6th 16:00-17:30

Higashi-Senda Innovative Research Center 2F

* For the freshmen who miss the above schedule, our staff takes care of them at the schedule and the location below. 

Main Building, Information Media Center

8:30~16:30 on weekdays

East Branch, Information Media Center

8:30~16:30 on weekdays

Kasumi branch, Information Media Center

8:30~16:30 on weekdays

■ Attention when attending workshop

  • Please make the battery of the PC charge beforehand.
  • Please bring your student ID card (HIRODAI ID and password distributed on the guidance) and writing instruments.
  • If you have a fever or any other cold-like symptoms, please refrain from going outside to visit the campus and the entrance ceremony venue.
  • Please take the utmost considerations to prevent the further spread of the infection. Always wear a mask.

2. Support by phone and email

○ Person who has Co-op PC:

Hiroshima University Co-op Support Center for freshman 0800-200-7930

Open between 10:00 and 19:00 on March 8th to April 4th Other than the left, open between 10:00 and 17:00 on weekdays

○ Person who has other than Co-op PC:

Information Promotion Group Hiroshima University 082-424-6054,5687

Open between 09:00 and 17:00 on weekdays  E-mail st-pc@ml.hiroshima-u.ac.jp

 

* The item of the "Laptop Checklist 2020" were as follows.

  1. Check the OS, Windows or Mac, and its edition.
  2. Check whether the OS runs on 32 or 64 bits.
  3. Check if you can connect to the Internet.
  4. Check if your OS is ready for automatic update.
  5. Check if anti-virus software, not a trial version, is available. 
  6. Check if your anti-virus software is ready for automatic update. 
  7. Check how to run full scan on your laptop. (Not now, but you should run full scan at your earliest convenience) 
  8. Check if Microsoft Office, that is, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available. 
  9. Check if you can log in to Office365 mail service with your default HIRODAI mail address and password.
  10. Check if you can log in to MOMIJI, the student information service, with your HIRODAI ID and password.
  11. Check if you can log in to Bb9, a learning management system, and download learning material PDF files with your HIRODAI ID and password. 

the Student Co-op computer

Hiroshima University Co-op sells the original PC (Model that does not include Microsoft Office etc. provided by Hiroshima University) for freshmen. Co-op provides options for necessary software and property insurance covering 4 years of college life.
For more information, please refer to Hiroshima University Co-op's website.

Hiroshima University Cooperative's website.(Japanese only)

Provision of Requisite Software Programs

Hiroshima University has a comprehensive license agreement with Microsoft Corporation.
In accordance with this license agreement, students of HU may install the following software programs for free.
(Note) The same contract content will not be the same after the next fiscal year, because the contract contents are reviewed every year.

●Microsoft Windows (Upgrade / Downgrade)

●Microsoft Office (for Windows / Mac)

●Anti-virus software (for Windows / Mac)

* Windows license is required for Windows upgrade / downgrade.

* For a computer with Windows 8 or a later version, use Defender bundled with the OS as a standard feature.

For details, please visit the official website of Hiroshima University, and search for “Momiji”.
Student Information MOMIJI > Campus Life Information > PC Q&A
https://momiji.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/momiji-top/en/life/pc-qa/

F3S Workshop

Information media center holds F3S (First Three Steps) workshop for better use of your laptop.
Various subjects are offered on the F3S workshops, in order that students would have useful PC skills for better campus life. If you find interesting subject, join it.

For more information,check F3S workshop website.(Japanese only)

 

Wi-Fi access points

HINET Wi-Fi (sharing Wi-Fi in Hiroshima University) is available in the library, lecture rooms, the cafeterias, and other welfare facilities.

For more information, look for HINET Wi-Fi page on IMC web site.(Japanese only)

 

Short term PC lending service

Coping with cases that students’ laptops are under repairing or students forget to bring laptops, the Hiroshima University Co-op offers rental service in a short term for a fee.

For more information, please check here.(Japanese only)

 

For more information

For other information, please refer to the following pages also.
 "Frequently asked questions about the personal computers"
 

 

■Inquiries:
Information Promotion Group, Department of Information, Financial and General Affairs Office, Hiroshima University
Tel: 082-424-6054, 5687(Operating hours: 9:00-17:00 on week days)
Email: st-pc(at)ml.hiroshima-u.ac.jp ※(at) to @.


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