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									MSc Human Resource Management
      (Distance-Learning)


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION GUIDE




        Aberdeen Business School
Table of Contents

OVERVIEW ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
SECTION 1......................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
    HARDWARE ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
    SOFTWARE ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
SECTION 2......................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
    EPOP SOFTWARE .............................................................................................................................................................................. 5
      Firewall Issues............................................................................................................................................................................ 6
SECTION 3......................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
    SKYPE .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 7




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Overview


One of the conditions for acceptance on the MSc Human Resource Management (Distance-
Learning) programme is that you have access to a minimum specification of computer,
peripherals, and software. The first section of this document details these requirements.

The second section provides information on accessing Epop, a web conferencing application
that enables multi-user online chat, audio and video communication. This section also
provides information on accessing Epop from within a corporate/educational IT Network – in
particular how to configure a Firewall to allow Epop access (this information should be given to
your IT Support Department).

The third section of the document details information on the Skype software that will be used
for one-to-one video conversations. This includes instructions on where to get Skype from and
what to do when you have installed it.




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Section 1
Hardware


Detailed below are the minimum (and recommended) hardware requirements that you must
have access to.


1    PC with a 1Ghz processor (or greater), 256MB RAM and Sound Card
           Recommended: 2 GHz processor and 512MB RAM

2    Webcam
          Recommended: any from the Logitech range – see
         http://www.logitech.com/

3     PC Headset and Microphone
          Recommended: a combined headset with microphone. Any from
          the Logitech range – see http://www.logitech.com/

4     Broadband (ADSL) Internet Connection
           Recommended: 512kbps (Half Meg) or above.




If you are unsure of your current computer specification or it is different from the one
listed above please contact Colin Jamieson for further information. Tel. 00 44 (0)1224
263560, c.jamieson@rgu.ac.uk )




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Software


Detailed below are the software applications that you will require.


1.    Windows XP – Home or Professional Edition.

2.    Internet Explorer – version 6 (or greater)

3.    Skype (webcam chat software) – free download available at
      www.skype.com

4.    Microsoft Office 2003

5.    Adobe Acrobat Reader v7 - free download available at
      http://www.adobe.com/

6.    Realplayer v10.5 (or Realplayer Codec for Windows Media Player)
      free download available at: http://www.real.com/realplayer.html

7.    Windows Media Player v10 - free download available at:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/mp10/default.aspx

8.    Epop Software – free automatic download installed on first use.
      Please read the Epop section on page 5 prior to using this
      application.

If you are unsure of your current computer specification or it is different from the one
listed above please contact Colin Jamieson for further information. Tel. 00 44 (0)1224
263560, c.jamieson@rgu.ac.uk )




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       Section 2
       Epop Software

       Epop    is a web conferencing product that allows multiple users to:
         •      View Each other via webcam
         •      Talk to each other
         •      Text Chat with each other
         •      Share Applications with each other

       Epop is accessed via a weblink. The first time that you use Epop you will be prompted
       to download and install a small Active X program. Once you have agreed to this the
       application will install and run automatically.




Enter the weblink for Epop – this
will be sent to you by your tutor



  A Security Warning will appear
 requesting your authorisation to
    download and install Epop.

  Click on “Yes” – Epop will now
        download and start
          automatically.




          If your computer security settings stop you from downloading the Epop Active X Component then click on the
                                                    alternative download link.




         Example of Epop Layout




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Firewall Issues


           Accessing Epop from your Home Computer
           It is unlikely that the Epop connection will be blocked by your Internet
           Service Provider. If you do receive a message indicating that the Epop
           connection has been refused then please follow the instructions for
           “Accessing Epop from a Company/University Network”.

           Accessing Epop from a Company/University Network
           If you receive a message indicating that the Epop connection has been
           refused the most likely reason is that a Firewall is blocking access to Epop.
           (A Firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from
           a private network).      In this instance please pass on the technical
           information detailed below to your IT department or Internet Service
           Provider requesting that they allow Epop data into their network.


           Epop Firewall Configuration – Technical Details

           IFB Web Conferencing (Epop) requires the following Ports opened:

           ports 80 and 443 (standard web ports);
           port 1270 (standard Microsoft-related communications port);
           port 37000 (its own default port).

           To use IFB Web Conferencing (Epop) in an environment where a Proxy
           server is active, workstations must run the Proxy client that is supplied by
           the    Proxy     server   (for  further    information     please    contact
           c.jamieson@rgu.ac.uk )




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Section 3
Skype

Skype is free Voice-over-IP (VoIP) software that allows users to communicate at no
cost via the internet. The software allows direct audio communication (as with a
standard telephone) and also gives the option for one-to-one video conferencing.

To use Skype, you first need to download the software from Skype’s own website –
http://www.skype.com/
This software needs to be installed on your home computer.
Once it is installed, you will be asked to create a Skype account. This is free to create,
and the username you choose will be the primary method for other people to contact
you via Skype.

                                                 Within Skype you can search for people
                                                 to call within the Contacts menu.
                                                 Once you have added some people to
                                                 your contact list, you can start an audio
                                                 call with them by simply double-clicking
                                                 on their name (or clicking once on their
                                                 name and then clicking the big green
                                                 “Call” button at the bottom of the Skype
                                                 window).

                                                 To upgrade your call from an audio call
                                                 to a proper video conference, simply
                                                 click on the “Start My Video” button
                                                 during the call to display your video.
                                                 Once your contact does the same you
                                                 will both be able to see one another.




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