Resources for Online Learners

Useful Links and Documents

Technology and Systems Requirements

To ensure you have the best online course experience, you should have the following minimum technology and systems requirements:

Minimum Computer Requirements

  • 2 GHz processor
  • Broadband Internet connection (>=768kbps downstream)
  • Windows XP or higher/Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
  • Webcam

Software Requirements

  • Web browser compatible with Moodle
  • Microsoft Word 2007 or newer
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 or newer
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer
  • Antivirus software
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • Apple QuickTime 7 or newer
  • Windows Media Player 11 or newer
  • Java 1.6.0+

Style Guide: References for writing, citations and avoiding plagiarism

Modern Language Association (MLA)

The Owl at Purdue

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Southwestern Christian University takes a strong stand against plagiarism by our students. We offer a Christian-based learning environment that promotes Christian principles. These principles cover all aspects of student life at SCU, including academic and personal conduct.

Find out what plagiarism is, the various forms of plagiarism, and how to avoid it at

What is Plagiarism?

Educational tips on plagiarism prevention

Types of Plagiarism

Plagiarism FAQs

How do I cite sources?

What is citation?


 SCU online students are reminded that conversing online and posting to discussion forums requires technology etiquette or "Netiquette."

Southwestern Christian University reserves the right to refuse to post, edit, or remove, in whole or in part, any information that is, in the University's sole discretion, of unacceptable or undesirable content.


The Core Rules of Netiquette are excerpted from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea.