IT Requirements


The master of medicine is a largely distance based course. Online learning plays a major role in your study of the subjects. As such, it is vital to verify that you have the required computer software and Internet access so you can best review the material.

Access to the Masters Course study content will only be available to enrolled students during the semester to which the Unit is being completed. Following conclusion of the applicable semester, access will be closed.

Minimum IT Requirements:

 An Internet browser that is less than 2 years old

  •  Mozilla Firefox – Version 35.0 or greater
  •  Google Chrome – Version 40.0 or greater
  •  Internet Explorer 11.0 or greater
  •  Apple Safari – Version 7.0 or greater

 A broadband Internet connection

Please ensure that your broadband speed is sufficient to play back the test video. This will ensure that you can review the video content as required. We strongly advise against using mobile broadband (e.g. 3G, Edge or 4G connections as online streaming uses a large amount of broadband data. You may rapidly exceed your monthly data allowance and experience significant issues with playback if you use this method of connecting to the master of medicine website.

Therefore we recommend of using a cable, ADSL 2+ or a NBN connection.

 Adobe Acrobat Reader

This is installed by default on most computers and tablet devices. Please note that for Mac users, the inbuilt preview application may not display proper formatting.
The reading content is in PDF form and has features of relatively recent PDF standards. Hence, older PDF readers will be incompatible or display incorrectly.
Please ensure you have a PDF reader installed if this is not on your system. Adobe Acrobat reader is free of charge and can be installed on a variety of systems.

To download Adobe PDF Reader free of charge please go to Get Adobe

 A word processor.

Any word processor that can view and edit .docx files will be able to be used as part of the masters.
Please note that Microsoft Office 2003 is not supported.

Suggested word processing applications are:

  •  Microsoft Word 2010 for Windows
  •  Microsoft Word 2013 for Windows
  •  Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac
  •  Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows
  •  Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac

  • What if I don’t have Microsoft office? +

    There are a variety of free word processors available that can edit documents that are compatible with the course. Examples include OpenOffice, LibreOffice and NeoOffice. This can be downloaded and installed free of charge and will work on Mac and PCs.

    Note that submission of documents must also be in the .docx format. Some proprietary formats (e.g. Apple iWork Pages) can read .docx files but can only save in the proprietary Pages format.

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  • Why am I required to install newer software as part of this course? +

    Many features of the site will not function with older Internet browsers or software. Much of this has to do with compatibilities, changes in standards and improvements in software. Older software is prone to Malware infection and computer viruses. We promote recent software in the same way that we would promote keeping your car serviced. Regular updates and checks prevent longer-term maintenance issues.

  • I have a tablet device. Can I use it? +

    The course content is designed to be reviewed on PCs, notebooks and tablet devices. It will function on the following devices:

    •  Apple iPads
    •  Android based Tablets

    Please note that one of the requirements for POM5001-5004 is online group case discussions. These utilise Google Docs as an online sharing web application.

    Google Docs has an iPad and Android application that should be installed on your tablet device to fully take advantage of the online sharing aspects of the units.

    Whilst you can access the document on your tablet without the application, you will miss several features that will enhance your experience. We strongly advise the installation of the application if you wish to use your tablet device.

  • The videos are not playing and I’m receiving a warning message that I don’t have Adobe Flash +

    In order to play the video on your desktop or laptop, you should have Adobe Flash installed. You can download and install Adobe Flash at no cost from Get Adobe Flash

  • I can’t play the videos at work? +

    Unfortunately many hospitals bar the streaming of online videos on workplace computers. If you can provide us contact details of your IT hospital helpdesk, we can attempt to contact them on your behalf. However, ultimately the decision to allow streaming video at your work depends on your employer. We recommend that you access most of the content from your personal system.

  • I’m confused about using the website – can I get help? +

    There are a number of videos on the website that can illustrate how to go about submitting your assignments, participating in the group case discussions and navigating the website. Please ensure you watch these, as they should answer the majority of your questions.

    If you are still unsure, please feel free to contact us.

    Please call Dilan Kodituwakku during 9AM – 5PM AEST weekdays via 03 9903 0521 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • I am unsure if my IT requirements meet the minimum standards. Can I get some help? +

    Please contact Dilan (0399030521) during business hours (AEST Monday 9:00 AM – Friday 5:00pm) and we will endeavour to help you.

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