Skills You Will Learn-Integrated Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Skills You Will Learn

The skill sets that you’ll develop while studying at the Integrated Innovation Institute fall into two categories.   First, you’ll learn how to create innovative products and services (consumer goods, business to business resources or software solutions), plus understand how to establish the business enterprise required to bring them to the customer. 

You'll learn marketing and operations so you can design and execute your product strategy.  You'll learn accounting and finance so you can navigate financial statements and understand the fiscal health of a business.  You won't study these classic topics in isolation because we know that students learn better in real contexts.  Our courses are designed to integrate these business skills within the context of authentic, real-world projects.  You practice these skills on team projects, so you can apply them confidently in your job.

Working in a team-setting, you will complete authentic, real-world projects in a variety of topics based on our individual degrees (unique degree skills noted below):

  • Engineering & software concepts
  • Ideation and product innovation
  • User research methodologies
  • Business and product strategy
  • Financial health assessment, including basic financial statement analysis
  • Internet of things
  • Innovation thinking & creating
  • Technology commercialization
  • Enterprise creation principles
  • Visualization & Prototyping - (PS)
  • Scenario Planning - (PS)
  • Human-computer interaction and user experience design - (SM)
  • Macro and market-level analysis and forecasting - (SM)
  • Software business model analysis and refinement - (SM)

Second, through our applied coursework and team-based projects, you will develop and refine distinguishing professional skills that differentiate Integrated Innovation graduates from the rest:

  • Communication, through written work and presentations
  • Leadership
  • Metrics
  • Project management
  • Risk management

Professional Communications

The ability to communicate information accurately and clearly is vital to professional success. While you will receive feedback on presentations and written work from instructors and peers in many of your courses, a successful leader never stops working on becoming a more effective communicator.  To help you continue to improve your professional communication skills, our campuses provides a series of valuable communication workshops, such as:

  • Effective Workplace Writing
  • Pronunciation for Effective Presentations
  • Interpersonal Skills for Product Managers (Silicon Valley Campus Only)
  • Grammar Matters