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Navigating the Business Environment (IND E 581)


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $2,850

Next Start Date:

October 5, 2020

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

As an up-and-coming leader in your organization, you're beginning to marshal resources and direct individual contributors as a technical director or mentor. You already possess the engineering skills — tools that have attracted the attention of management. Now it's time to take charge of an idea and drive it forward. 

But how do you navigate the business environment so your projects are successful and create real and lasting value for your organization? This course offers a series of tools and frameworks that you can apply to move project ideas from rough concept to management approval.

What You’ll Learn

  • Corporate business strategy: how to connect and integrate your projects with your firm’s plans
  • Marketing fundamentals: how to use marketing techniques to help sell your ideas to stakeholders
  • Accounting and finance: how your company’s health and financial direction determine which projects go forward
  • Project valuation and ROI analysis
  • How to pick smart projects and sell them to management

Program Overview

You must complete all four courses, in any order, to earn the certificate.


You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Blended (Classroom + Online)

You’ll have the choice of attending class sessions online or in person, based on your preference from week to week. Online classes are delivered in real time using web conferencing software. Classroom sessions are held on the UW Seattle campus. Course sessions are also recorded and available for later review.

Course Sessions

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Students have the choice of attending class sessions online or in person.


Meet your instructor

Stephen Montgomery

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft 

Credit Course

You’ll earn 3 academic credits for successfully completing this course. Learn more about credit courses

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