|Award title||Professional Certificate in Innovation Practice|
|Year & campus||2021 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||25 credit points|
|Duration||6 months part-time|
The Professional Certificate in Innovation Practice is offered to project mentors in ENGR90034 Creating Innovative Engineering (CIE) and equivalent subjects (Subject names will be added here as subjects are created). The core of these subjects involves teams of four to six students working alongside an independent mentor, or a mentor and a sponsor from a sponsoring organisation, to elaborate an innovation opportunity.
This certificate provides a unique opportunity for experienced professionals to develop the management, coaching and leadership skills required to guide innovation projects and take the next step in their careers. Over the semester, participants learn about strategic and operational considerations in generating innovative products and services. They also develop the leadership skills to guide teams that are innovating.
The two broad domains of the program– innovation and leadership for innovation -- are delivered together as one subject.
In terms of innovation management, you will learn and facilitate the application of a human-centred design approach to an innovation project. Along with your team, you will refine a project brief, design research, conduct interviews, generate insights, create a problem statement, generate proposals that respond to that problem statement and then, select, refine, hopefully test, and finally pitch a proposal. Because you will be responsible for ensuring that the team delivers a good outcome, you will find that you need to develop a solid understanding of the human-centred innovation process.
In terms of leadership, you will be in a unique position to learn how to become a great leader. Your team is likely to be ethnically and professionally very diverse. The project tasks will be well outside the prior experience of the members. Furthermore, we will not allow you to “manage” the team. That is, we will not allow you to tell them what to do. You may only use leadership behaviours such as facilitation, coaching, teaching, and so forth. However, we will give you instruction and support to create a psychologically safe environment in which you can learn. Also, by writing a weekly reflection and giving feedback to a peer on their weekly reflection, you will learn mindfully and thoughtfully about yourself as a leader.
The leadership program begins with a two-day intensive workshop in which you will learn about three fundamental innovation leadership themes: adaptive leadership, authentic leadership, and the leader as coach. Over the twelve weeks of the semester you will learn a new skill each week, the underlying theory to support that skill, and you will have a chance to apply the skill with your team that week. The twelve weeks are broken into three broad domains: forming a team, driving productivity in an ambiguous environment and delivering authentic value.
Candidates who successfully complete the Professional Certificate of Innovation Practice with a grade of 75% or greater, and who are admitted to the Master of Business Administration or the Master of Enterprise, may apply for two subjects (25 points) of credit towards that qualification.
Last updated: 11 February 2021