Postgraduate Diploma in Product Development and Innovation (E-Learning)

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Course Dates



Course Duration


6 months, online
4-6 hours per week

Course Fee


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Gain proficiency in Product Development and Innovation (E-Learning)

Product development is multifaceted. It entails creative development, continuous assessment for improvement, project planning, and cross-functional collaboration. And in order to successfully deliver a new product to market or improve upon an existing product, each facet of product development must be aligned with the strategic objectives of a team or organization.

Offered by Emeritus, in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education, the Postgraduate Diploma in Product Development and Innovation (E-Learning) will teach you how to effectively innovate for, plan, and manage end-to-end product development. You will also gain valuable insights on how to effectively communicate business ideas and lead product development teams.

Who is this Program for?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Product Development and Innovation (E-Learning) is designed for professionals who are:

  • Involved in product development
  • Working professionals in systems and services development
  • Business Leaders & Managers who oversee the development of high-functioning teams in the corporate environment or entrepreneurial space.

The average Teacher-Student ratio in the program is 1:300.


of product managers and leaders surveyed said they are primarily accountable for product strategy.



of product managers believe that product management is a leadership role.



of product managers say that they are seen as leaders and key differentiators inside their organization.


Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the viability of a new product or innovation and identify potential challenges that may arise when bringing to market
  • Define customers and other relevant constituents and utilize segmentation approaches to prioritize and determine gaps between wants, gets, or unmet needs
  • Examine how customers perceive competitive products and services and explain the rationale for design and marketing plans for a new or updated product, service, or process
  • Utilize rapid prototyping/systems thinking to refine new or updated products, services, and processes, or iterate on existing ideas or properties
  • Design new or updated products, services, or processes to fulfil unmet needs

Your Learning Journey

77 Video Lectures

77 Video Lectures

27 Assignments

27 Assignments

25 Discussion Boards

25 Discussion Boards

12 Podcasts

12 Podcasts

8 Quizzes

8 Quizzes

1 Final Project

1 Final Project


    • Week 1: Introduction to Creativity and Innovation
    • Week 2: Creativity and Innovation in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Organizational Thinking
    • Week 3: Creativity in Traditional Business and Leveraging Creativity in Business
    • Week 4: Introducing a Culture of Creativity and Innovation to Eliminate the Barriers to Success
    • Week 1: Introduction to Project Management
    • Week 2: Portfolio Management
    • Week 3: Resource Utilization and Stakeholder Management
    • Week 4: Project Execution Approaches
    • Week 5: Selecting Project Approaches: Agile and Scrum
    • Week 6: Project Breakdown Structure and Milestones Scheduling
    • Week 7: Change Contol in Project and Balancing Trade Offs
    • Week 8: Challenges in Project Execution
    • Week 1: Development Team Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
    • Week 2: Managing Up, Out, and Yourself
    • Week 3: Scrum Agile Development and Agile Team Leadership
    • Week 4: Effective Business Communication Through Presentations, Emails, and Meetings
    • Week 5: Virtual Team Management
    • Week 6: Resource Utilization Planning, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution
    • Week 7: Continuous Improvement and the Successful Development Teams
    • Week 8: Innovation: Importance, Resistance to It, and How to Overcome
    • Week 9: Project
  • The capstone assignment is a program requirement that will allow you to demonstrate your learning across the three modules

Learners will have access to the 'Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams' book as supplementary reading material to guide them through the program.



Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a verified digital diploma certificate from Emeritus in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education.

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Emeritus Network Benefits

On successful completion of this program, join a community of learners on the Emeritus Network. The Emeritus Network is your platform to connect to a global network of individuals. Benefits of the Emeritus Network include:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Global network that includes over 400 CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, directors, founders, and managing directors
  • Start-up corner to help connect, collaborate, raise capital, invest, or identify talent

Pre-admission Requirements

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and will be required to submit:

  • A completed application form
  • Minimal educational requirement of a Bachelor Degree certificate or official transcript in any discipline
  • An updated CV/resume


All candidates who have received their bachelor’s or other degree or diploma from an education institution where English is NOT the primary language of instruction are required to demonstrate English language proficiency through ANY ONE of the following methods

  • Obtain a TOEFL minimum score of 550 for the paper based test or its equivalent
  • Obtain an IELTS minimum score of 6.0
  • Obtain a Pearson Versant Test minimum score of 59
  • Obtain a Certificate of Completion for a Certificate course offered by Emeritus
  • Submit a document which shows that the candidate has, for the last 24 months or more, worked in ANY ONE of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America
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