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Laptops and Technology

Laptops in the classroom

This information is valid for the 2016/17 academic year. 

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 Sept. 2016

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree:

  • Any new student to the BBA program starting Sept. 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: Mac laptops are do not meet the program requirements.

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
  • Windows 7 or higher (required due to software requirements)
  • 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 
  • 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 & 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 Business technical support

  • Phone: 403.284.8307
  • Email: bus.technicalsupport@sait.ca
  • Location: room NN910, 9th floor, Senator Burns Building
  • Note: no food or drinks in the computer labs
Service Desk Hours Computer Lab Hours  Summer Hours

Sept. 1 to June 30

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 7 pm

Friday: 7:30 am - 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday: closed

Sept. 1 to April 30

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 9 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8 am - 4:30 pm

May and June: same hours as service desk

July and Aug.

Service Desk and Computer lab reduced hours

Monday to Friday: 7:30 am to 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday: closed