What to Expect
In this 2-year program, students learn best practices to help them develop strategic employee relations, including arbitration and mediation, compensation, how to maximize employee performance and other skills that help target an organization’s strategic objectives.
Through a combination of classroom teaching, case studies, simulations and seminars, students develop an understanding of modern business dynamics and learn to work well within culturally diverse organizations.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average
- 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of each semester
- An additional 20 – 30 hours per week studying, completing assignments, doing research, preparing and reading
The School of Business is currently located in the Business Tower on Main Campus. Our facilities include classroom space and computer labs equipped with current business software and Internet access. Wireless access is also available from all common areas on Main Campus.
In 2016, the School of Business will move into the five-storey Centre for Applied Technology (CAT), which features leading-edge labs and classrooms.
Features of this building include
- 45 labs and simulations rooms, including a Banking/Stock Trading lab
- unprecedented wireless network
- thirty-five 32-seat classrooms
- twenty-two 64-seat classrooms
- computer commons featuring about 90 work stations
- walk up help desk for technology issues
- 135-seat theatre
- variety of spaces for studying and socializing
- outdoor quad with a stage
- several eatery options
Learn more about CAT.
Business and technology are linked in today's work environment. The School of Business prepares students for success by integrating mainstream technology into our teaching tools and assignments.
Technology You Will Need
The JR Shaw School of Business highly recommends our students acquire and make use of a computer (laptop or tablet*) in and away from the classroom in order to successfully engage and complete JR Shaw curriculum.
Your computer will be used to access key learning resources critical to your success in the program and therefore must be in good working order. It is also important to have a battery with sufficient life to allow for use when a plug-in is not available; as your battery should be able to last throughout your daily schedule/classes. Replacement batteries can often be purchased to improve battery life on an existing computer.
At a minimum your laptop must meet the following requirements:
- Windows 7 or higher
- 10 GB free hard drive space
- 2 GB memory (RAM)
- Wi-Fi Connection
- OSX 10.7 (Lion) or later
- 10 GB free hard drive
- 2 GB memory (RAM)
- Wi-Fi Connection
Tablets (minimum operating system requirements)
- Android - Kitkat 4.4
- Apple -iOS 8
- Windows 10
Your computer will be used to access key learning resources critical to your success in the program and therefore must be in good working order. It is also important to have a battery with sufficient life to allow for use when a plug-in is not available. Replacement batteries can often be purchased to improve battery life on an existing laptop. The minimum specifications above are all that is required; exceeding them is not necessary though doing so may provide you with other benefits.
Is This Program For You?
This program generally appeals to those who have a keen interest in managing human resources within organizations, or students with experience or academic credentials in non-human resource management areas that wish to pursue careers in this discipline.
The program is for those who
- want the challenge of leadership and responsibility
- have an exceptional work ethic and are proud of the work they do
- have a strong focus on customer service
- have the ability to liaise and form positive relationships with all levels of employees and management
Skills you will acquire
Here are some major skills acquired by graduates of this program.
- Superior written and verbal communication skills
- Strong focus on customer service
- Computer software skills including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, SAP
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively present information in oral and written form
- Exceptional team work ethic with the ability to work and collaborate with others effectively as part of a team
- Ability to liaise and form positive relationships with all levels of employees and management
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 the 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
The JR Shaw School of Business also offers
- Clubs – Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) NAIT is a business club that lets students put their education to use through projects that serve SIFE, NAIT and the community. These projects help students develop teamwork, entrepreneurial, financial and business skills. As SIFE is an international organization, SIFE NAIT members can take part in competitions against other colleges and universities.
- Business Competition – SIFE NAIT, in association with novaNAIT and the Youth Technopreneurship Program, runs a business plan challenge competition for budding entrepreneurs to "hatch" their business idea into a viable business. HATCH is open to full-time or recently graduated NAIT students, between 18 and 35 years of age.
- Awards – Students in the JR Shaw School of Business have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of business competitions during their studies at NAIT. Our students have performed well and enjoyed great success and recognition in various competitions, locally, nationally and internationally.
Beyond the classroom
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