Bring your own device

Bring your own device (BYOD) allows in-person students to learn using their own device both in and outside the classroom.

Review the computer specifications to ensure you have the correct device for the program. Tablets or smartphones are not recommended.

Computer specifications

Specification Required Recommended
Processor 2.5 GHz/i5 i7 or higher
RAM 8 GB 16 GB
HDD or SSD 64 GB 128 GB
USB Port One full-size USB port (USB 3.0) Three or more full-size USB ports (USB 3.0)
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11ac
Operating System Windows 10  
Battery Four hours battery life
Keyboard Laptop keyboards vary. Get a laptop with a keyboard that is laid out similarly to a desktop keyboard. Ensure the Shift and Enter keys are positioned correctly and are large enough for your fingers. You will not need a separate numeric keypad for the program. You may also choose to purchase a separate keyboard (wired or wireless). Ensure you have enough ports to support a keyboard.
Mouse We recommend you buy a separate mouse (wired or wireless) for your laptop. Ensure you have enough ports to support a mouse.
Webcam and microphone You will need a webcam and microphone.
Bag or case While a computer bag is not needed for the program, a computer bag allows you to transport your laptop and other components (such as a keyboard and mouse) safely.

Software requirements

Software Required Alternate
Productivity Office 365 Education
Free for students – download here
Office 365 (including Access) or Microsoft Office 2016 Professional (must include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access)

Note: Microsoft Office for Mac does not include Access.

Browser Google Chrome
Microsoft Edge

Note: Some courses also need Respondus LockDown Browser. (NorQuest College will provide this if needed.)

Course-specific software Many courses need students to download and install course-specific software. We will provide information in the courses that need additional software.

Frequently asked questions

As an in-person student, do I have to bring my own laptop?

Yes. Ensure that you review the computer specifications and software requirements below. Tablets (including iPads and Surface Pro/Gos that have Windows 10 in S mode installed) and/or smartphones are not recommended. You will have a better experience with a laptop computer.

Why would I bring my own laptop to class?

Your notes and assignments will all be in one place—your computer—so you’ll never forget something, such as an assignment, at home again! You likely also know how your computer works and comfortable using your keyboard and mouse. This helps you to focus on learning the content of the courses. You also need your computer as you will complete all quizzes, exams, and in-class activities on your own device. If you do not have a laptop, you will be unable to complete these assessments.

I'm an online student. Does BYOD apply to me?

No, BYOD doesn't directly apply to you, but you should ensure that your computer meets the computer specifications, and that you have the right software installed for the course(s) you are taking.

Do I have to buy Microsoft Office?

No, students with a NorQuest College email address can download Microsoft Office 365 for free!

  • Download here for free; or
  • A USB memory stick with a downloadable file of Microsoft Office 365 will be available to all students at student orientation.

Ensure you use your NorQuest email address to register for the free education version.

Do not select Microsoft Office for Mac. You also need Microsoft Access, which is not included in the Office for Mac version.

Where can I get help?

Service Desk can help students with:

  • Moodle, MyMail, and MyQuest
  • student passwords
  • wireless access within the college
  • printing at the college

Your instructors can help you with:

  • course content related to Microsoft Office and Windows software
  • installing and troubleshooting specialized software (if needed for your program)
Can I use my MacBook?

The software for your program needs a Windows-based PC. There is software (Parallels, Boot Camp, etc.) that allows your Mac to run Windows (to act as a PC). To do this, you’ll need to buy and install the software to allow Windows to run on your Mac (approximately $150) and you’ll need to buy the latest version of Windows (approximately $200). We recommend you seek advice from a computer specialist.