What to Expect
The first year of NAIT's Business Administration programs provides a strong foundation in business concepts, including introductions to financial and managerial accounting, management, finance, marketing and IT. These are complemented with organizational, economics and communications.
Through small class sizes, NAIT offers a personalized learning environment, where instructors are focused on individual interests and academic progress. Other benefits include
- a curriculum that focuses on everyday, real-life business situations
- instructors with first-hand work experience in their fields of specialization
- flexible scheduling and frequent start dates
- the latest business and educational technologies
At the JR Shaw School of Business, real-life assignments make classes relevant and interesting. Students continually hone their skills through exercises that focus on teamwork and meeting client needs.
Technology You Will Need
As of 2016, to successfully complete curriculum students are required to supply and make use of a laptop computer in and away from the classroom. At a minimum your computer must meet the following requirements:
- Windows 7 or higher
- 10 GB free hard drive space
- 2 GB memory (RAM)
- Wi-Fi Connection
- Mac OSX
- 10.7 (Lion) or later
- 10 GB free hard drive
- 2 GB memory (RAM)
- Wi-Fi Connection
A number of our courses also use web-based course tools. These include online business simulations and interactive learning environments like WebCT and Moodle, which provide discussion boards, chatrooms, student file storage, class calendars and grade summaries.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average
- 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
- 1-3 hours per week of classroom time (20-60 hours) studying, completing class assignments and doing research outside of scheduled class time
In addition to the more traditional lecture setting, students also use NAIT's state-of-the-art computer labs. Our computer labs are fully equipped with current business software and Internet access. Business Administration students are supplied with email accounts.
Is This Program For You?
Successful graduates of NAIT Business Administration programs demonstrate
- excellent problem-solving skills
- professional attitudes
- critical thinking skills
- ability to learn quickly and efficiently
- strength on teams
- excellent communication skills
- ability to work under pressure
- assertiveness and self-confidence
- innovative, adaptive and creative abilities
- proficiency in business software applications and technology
A number of classes use online business simulations, which let students use their classroom knowledge to make decisions and analyze the results in a safe environment. Business simulations in JR Shaw School of Business range from role-playing to online tools that allow student teams to compete against each other and against other schools. Simulations let students
- apply concepts learned in class
- analyze situations
- work as a team
- see the results of decisions and use this knowledge to make future decisions
One of the marquis competitions JR Shaw School of Business students compete in is the Alberta Business Deans Case Competition. Students Loryn Marcellus, Olivia McGhan and Hussein Alibhai placed first in the 2011 competition, ahead of teams from 11 other colleges and universities. Teams are given a real-world business scenario – in their case, a question about WestJet expansion – and have just 8 hours to prepare a strategy that they must then present to a panel of industry executives, including a WestJet VP. "The competition taught me many things," says Olivia, "but most of all, the value of teamwork." Learn more about different competitions in which our business students participate.
In 2010, Antony Cuelenaere's instructor pitted four business classes against each other to sell as many United Way 50/50 tickets as they could. Antony out-sold every other student, helping to win a pizza party at the NEST for his class. Antony, a first-year business adminstration student, enjoys the rewards of the United Way challenge.
From the first year to the last, we want you get the most out of your educational experience. As the school year begins, a first-year orientation session prepares students for the year ahead. At this session, students
- get their class schedules
- learn about NAIT services
- meet the JR Shaw School of Business staff member who will be their main contact for program questions