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Technology essentials for students: Hardware and Software

Introduction for new students to help them get started with Tech at Melbourne Polytechnic

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We can help you with basic IT problems.

  • Download and install MS-Office
  • Troubleshoot Portal connection problems
  • Advice on installing Anti-Virus software

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Free MS-Office 365 for Education

Microsoft Office is now available free to current Melbourne Polytechnic students. It allows you to install Office on 5 PC's or Macs and also includes online versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. 

Login to your student portal and click your avatar in the top right hand corner.

Click on My Account




Google Docs is is a free Web-based application in which documents and spreadsheets can be created, edited and stored online. Files can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and a full-featured Web browser. You will have to use your Google account or create one.

Visit the Google Docs website for more information 

LibreOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. It is fully compatible with MS Office so you can both open and save in the Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint formats. You download this free software to your computer or device.

Visit the LibreOffice website for more information. 

Purchasing a computer

If you are thinking about buying a device make sure you do some research.

Choice Magazine is a major consumer advocacy group to turn tu when considering purchasing goods and services in Australia . It has an very good guiding  web site that will give you some important things to think about. 

Melbourne Polytechnic is not endorsing or do not have any commercial links with Choice. We just like the way they have put together this guide.




Make sure you bargain hard if buying from one of the retail chains. Most brands like Dell and Apple also have online factory outlets where you can pickup some bargains.  These can include cancelled orders and factory refurbished laptops at reduced prices. Sites like Statice will help you find out the price of a device.


If you are on a Health Care card and cannot afford a new computer consider contacting Computerbank for a cheap refurbished laptop. This volunteer run organisation can provide a cheaper alternative. Devices run Linux which these days is a very suitable alternative for studies  that do not require CAD of Adobe Creative Suite. Find there website here

Safe Computing

  • Have a backup plan
  • install antivirus software
  • install updates and patches
  • be wary of  sites known to carry infections
  • if it is too good to be true