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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.

Device Program(s)
SAIT-issued laptop

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:

  • Any new student to the BBA program starting September 2015 or later, including those from the SAIT BA diploma who are entering Advanced Standing 
  • Does not apply to students in the upper years of the BBA carrying over a SAIT-issued laptop
No formal laptop requirements

Continuing Education programs in the School of Business

Bachelor of Applied Business Administration — Accounting

Bring your own device (BYOD)

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.

Hardware Software
  • Minimum Intel I5 or AMD A8 processor
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • 6 GB RAM
  • Minimum resolution of 1280 X 720
  • Wireless 802.11 adaptor
  • Ethernet port or adaptor
  • Internal or external DVD drive is recommended for textbook software
  • The minimum expected cost for these hardware requirements will range from $600 - $800
  • Windows 7 or higher operating system (required due to software requirements)
  • Up-to-date Antivirus and Mal Ware software protection
  • Office 365 is available to BYOD students one week prior to the start of the fall semester. You will need a valid SAIT email address. Refer to our guide below for more details.
  • Program specific software is included with textbook purchases.

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.

Laptop Delivery

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.

Technology support and guides

Use the resources below for help with various technical issues including wireless, printing on campus, connecting your SAIT email to your smartphone, and more.

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.

Contact technical support

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

Academic Services

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
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