Laptops and Technology
Laptops in the classroom
Full-time School of Business programs (except the applied degree) are laptop-based either through:
For additional information and assistance, please refer to our technology support and guides.
Administrative Information Management diploma
Legal Assistant diploma
Office Professional certificate
|Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)||
Business Administration diploma (full-time studies): new students starting as of September 2016
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree:
|No formal laptop requirements||
Continuing Education programs in the School of Business
Bachelor of Applied Business Administration — Accounting
BYOD is for all new students starting in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Business Administration diploma (full-time.) You need a Windows-based laptop meeting the minimum requirements listed below. Please note: MacBook laptops do not meet the program requirements.
Regarding the use of Apple products as your BYOD device. There are a number of software applications used throughout the Bachelor of Business Administration program that are not available for Apple products. Microsoft Project, Microsoft Access and some tax software packages are a few examples.
MacBooks were piloted in the BBA program in the fall of 2015, but the devices encountered more problems in the classrooms and resulted in lower success rates for the students using them. There was also a significant impact to the pace of learning for the instructors and other students in the class. After completing surveys and focus group sessions with students and faculty, a decision was reached to go with Windows based laptops only.
What you need to know:
- You are responsible for bringing a laptop that meets the minimum hardware requirements and operating system, as outlined above.
- You are responsible for ensuring your device is in good working order for all classes, exams, and other assessments.
- You will have access to the software you need for your classes through SAIT and/or your textbooks.
Some full-time business programs (as listed above) are required to use a SAIT-issued laptop in class. Here's what you need to know:
- You can pick up the laptop just before the start of classes or during Orientation. Read the details on how to prepare for your start.
- Your laptop comes loaded with all the software you need for your program (some software may come with textbooks as well.)
- You have access to full-time, on-site technical support.
- You pay a deposit which is returned to you when you turn in your laptop at the end of the program. This deposit is included in your tuition & fees.
Use the resources below for help with various technical issues including wireless, printing on campus, connecting your SAIT email to your smartphone, and more.
- Laptop Setup for BYOD Students
- Office365 for BYOD Students
- Connecting Email to Personal Devices
- Connecting to wireless
- VPN Setup and Mapping a Drive
The School of Business technical service desk provides support for SAIT-issued laptops, computer labs, computer account questions including password resets, network storage, email, and printing.
- Phone: 403.210.4357
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit one of the technical helpdesks on-campus — locations and hours of operation are listed below
|MB027||Monday - Friday||8 am - 6 pm||September to June|
|Monday - Friday||7:30 am - 5 pm||July to August|
|NJ01||Monday - Thursday||7 am - 7 pm||September to April|
|Friday||7 am - 5 pm|
|Saturday||8 am - 4 pm|
|Monday - Thursday||7 am - 7 pm||May to August|
|Friday||7 am - 5 pm|