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Technical specifications for laptops
Bachelor of Engineering and Exchange

All new students enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering program at Polytechnique Montréal must have a laptop computer in order to be able to use it in courses and laboratories. This computer may be needed, among other things, to access certain classroom and laboratory applications, to complete assignments, to write exams or to access specific computer environments remotely.

Students admitted on exchange must also have a laptop computer if they are registered in first-year engineering courses (course 1000 and sometimes 2000).

Polytechnique Montréal does not require a specific brand, model or supplier of laptop computer.

The following minimum specifications are recommended for all engineering programs:

  • Processor: Intel I5 8th generation or AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile Processor (Apple ARM M1, M2 processors are not compatible with all software used in some courses)
  • Operating system: Windows 11
  • Random access memory: at least 8GB
  • Hard disk/Storage: SSD at least 512GB
  • Graphic card: Minimum of 720 lines
  • WIFI card: 802.11ac or better
  • Internet connection: Minimum speed of 30Mbps 
  • Other(s): Webcamera



The following upgrades may be an asset:

  • A better processor (e.g. Intel core I7 12th Generation).
  • A screen resolution of 1080 lines or better.
  • A larger RAM, 16 GB.
  • Dedicated Nvidia graphics card (recommended for aerospace/mechanical engineering programs)

If you already have a laptop, it is probably not necessary to change it before school starts, even if it does not completely meet all the recommended minimum specifications. However, it may be necessary to purchase a new one before you graduate.

Preparatoty year

For the preparatory year, it is not mandatory to have a laptop computer. For those who would like to purchase one, the recommended specifications for the Bachelor of Engineering should be used.

Graduate studies and double degree

For graduate studies and double degrees, it is not mandatory to have a laptop computer. Enrollees in these degrees should discuss this with their advisor or supervisor. The recommended specifications for the Bachelor of Engineering can serve as a guide.

Undergraduate certificate

For undergraduate certificates and microprograms, a laptop is not required. For those who would like to purchase one, the recommended specifications for the Bachelor of Engineering should be used.

International Thematic Clusters in Engineering

For the International Thematic Clusters in Engineering, it is not mandatory to have a laptop computer. For those who would like to purchase one, the recommended specifications for the Bachelor of Engineering should be used.

COMPUTER ACCESS CODE

This code enables you to access your Polytechnique Montréal email, computer labs, the free on-campus network, and your student file.

To access your code, go to www.dossier.polymtl.ca and click on “Récupérer le code d’accès” and “Récupérer le mot de passe.” The answers to your security questions should match the answers you provided in your application for admission to Polytechnique Montréal.

Your access code will be deactivated should any documents (ex.: authorization to stay in Canada) be missing from your file.

See the GO-Poly tutorial on the computer access code.

STUDENT FILE

Each student has a personal student file that can be accessed with a computer access code and password. The Student file permits you to do many things yourself: course selection changes, change of address, consult tuition and fees balances, order transcripts, print proof of enrollment, and tax slips, etc. Upon reception of your letter of admission, make sure that your personal information (address, telephone number, etc.) is accurate.

See the GO-Poly tutorial on the student file.

POLYTECHNIQUE MONTRÉAL EMAIL ADDRESS

All students have an email account with the following format: firstname.lastname@polymtl.ca. Access it at www.imp.polymtl.ca. You can redirect this email address to a different email account of your choice via your student file online.

Please note: This address will only be activated within 48 hours of registering for your first trimester of studies at Polytechnique.

Warning! Most official communication between Polytechnique Montréal and you will take place via email (and not by postal mail). Establish the habit of reading your emails thoroughly, and ensuring you fully understand them, and keep this habit throughout your studies.

See the GO-Poly tutorial on Polytechnique's email address.

WIRELESS NETWORK (WIFI)

PROCEDURE FOR CONFIGURING THE WI-FI NETWORK CONNECTION

To help you configure your devices, follow the step-by-step tutorial *

Once you have finished, go to the  Wi-Fi Connexion information* to select the option recommended to you in the tutorial.

QUESTIONS?

For further information, please refer to the page : https://www.polymtl.ca/si/reseaux/wifi/info*

*In french only

Free Software Licenses

Polytechnique Montréal's IT Services negotiates and administers the purchase of certain institutional software licenses (free Microsoft Office 365).

See the GO-Poly toturial on Microsoft Office 365.

MOODLE

The MOODLE platform allows you to access course content for a given term (grades, slide shows or presentations used in class, lab and homework assignment, etc.) as well as a number of teaching tools. MOODLE course pages are managed independently by each professor. To gain access, use your computer access code.

Please note: Your Moodle account will only be activated within 48 hours of registering for your first trimester of studies at Polytechnique.

See the GO-Poly tutorial about Moodle.

DIGITAL LIBRARY

Roughly 80% of the Louise-Lalonde-Lamarre library’s resources (books, journals, standards, and databases) are digital and available online 24/7. Configure Eduroam as your WiFi network connection to access these resources when you are on the Polytechnique Montréal campus. By configuring the proxy on your device, the digital library’s resources are also accessible to you from home, or anywhere else.

See the GO-Poly tutorial about the proxy.