Frequently asked questions
What can I expect to accomplish by the end of the technology program?
By the end of this program you will:
- Be able to build basic web pages using HTML, CSS and jQuery
- Understand the full stack, including your own product's technology stack
- Have working knowledge of GitHub
- Have a deeper understanding of APIs; what they are, how they work and why they are important to your business
- Be able to structure your own SQL queries to pull data from databases
- Have an understanding of the differences between TDD, BDD and automation testing tools
- Feel more confident speaking to both your engineering team and business stakeholders
- Learn how to distill complex technologies into easily digestible smaller chunks and retrieve the information for access later
How much does it cost?
Our program fees are $1,250 USD. This includes access to all learning materials, 1 year subscription the members area including the Department of Product resource library and exclusive supporting material from industry leading product leaders.
Do I need to attend a physical school to study this program?
No, this program is designed for remote learning from any location. You can learn from any device in any location. Our content is designed for product managers and we’re a global company.
Do I need any prior working knowledge?
We would expect you to be a product manager or business professional working in the technology industry. This program is designed for product managers who want to learn about the fundamentals involved in the web development process. We wouldn’t expect you to have any prior coding knowledge or skills. If you do and you’d like a refresh, that’s great. If not, don’t worry.
How will I learn the skills outlined in the program?
Our programs are taught by product managers. Our approach is to teach concepts through tangible real examples. You will then be guided on how to implement these into your role as a product manager. This isn’t a program where you sit back, watch a few videos and get a certificate at the end. We don’t provide you with certificates; instead we encourage you to apply the principles learned to your role through real world applications.
Will I be an engineer after this?
No. You’ll be knowledgeable about different coding languages, you’ll know how to write basic programs and web pages and you’ll have a deeper understanding of the principles behind web development, but you will by no means be an engineer. This program is designed for product management and business professionals who want to learn more about web technologies so that they can become more confident talking to engineering and business stakeholders. This is not for product managers who want to transition from product management into engineering.
I’ve tried learning online before. What’s different about this?
This is not just a series of videos and a few worksheets. Our programs are taught live by real product managers. We mix rich materials with an emphasis on real world application and recall so that the skills we teach are learned and applied by our students.
What if I’m new to the area of product management?
No worries. This program is designed for product managers of all levels. The skills we teach are just as applicable to someone with 1 year’s experience as someone who has been in the industry for 10 years +.
Do I need to be a product manager?
We would expect you to be a product manager, IT project manager or business professional working in the technology industry. This program is designed for product managers who want to learn about the technology fundamentals involved in the web development process. We wouldn’t expect you to have any prior coding knowledge or skills. If you do and you’d like a refresh, that’s great. If not, don’t worry.
Do I need technical skills?
No. You’re not expected to know how to code. If you do, great. But this program is designed to teach you about web technologies and the end to end development process, not how to become an engineer.
I’ve not heard of the Department of Product before. Are you a scam?
We are a new company, born out of a need and desires for better skills and training for product managers. Our courses are focused around the needs of product managers and we’ve worked closely with product managers from various organisations to ensure that we meet your needs effectively. Try a sample of our content by downloading a syllabus or free resources.
I'm not a Product Manager. Can I still take your programs?
Whilst our content is tailored to product managers, if you’re a business professional who wants to learn more about the product development process, our programs will still be suitable for you. Some of our students are senior professionals who find the ever changing digital world overwhelming and want some guidance to help them make better strategic decisions.
Will I get a certificate?
No. You're probably be thinking that's a little strange but we don’t believe that certificates are necessarily always the best indicators of growth in product. We position our programs as skill acquisition programs; the outcome is that you will learn and apply new skills in your day to day role as a product manager. Our programs are designed to help you to become a better product professional. However, if your employer needs proof of participation we are more than happy to provide written confirmation of attendance should you need it.