DEFM200 Fundamentals of Contracting and Acquisition (3 semester hours)

This course provides an in-depth examination of federal acquisition practices, policies and procedures, to acquaint managers and non-contracting personnel with the acquisition process and compliance issues. Contracting and acquisition fundamentals reviews contract planning, contract execution, and contract management as part of the acquisition process. They will learn basic mission support planning strategies, how to research the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); additionally, students will learn how effective market research and socioeconomic programs support the FAR and DFARS acquisition planning process as well as its implementation. They will examine the process, problems and issues of solicitation and contract award. Instruction will also include: benefits of early industry involvement in shaping requirements; basic procedures for acquisition of commercial and noncommercial requirements; basic competitive acquisitions; awards processing; management of contract award protests; contractor performance metrics; contract changes procedures; disputes; and close out procedures of completed contracts. This course is designed for personnel new to the contracting career field or non-contracting personnel who play a role in the acquisition process.

DEFM305 Acquisition Business Management (3 semester hours)

Deals with common financial issues in acquisition that include cost estimating; earned value analysis; Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE); congressional enactment; and budget preparation and execution. In this course, the student will prepare, justify, and defend budget exhibits and obligation/expenditure plans; formulate impact/reclama statements and reports; and develop and defend business aspects of the acquisition and PPBE cycle.

DEFM310 Program and Acquisition Management I (3 semester hours)

This course is an introduction to the requirements of successful program management in the DOD. The course will look at the entire systems acquisition cycle from the point of view of government requirements and the efforts of the civilian contractor to bring the system to Full Operational Capacity.

DEFM311 Program and Acquisition Management II (3 semester hours)

This course of instruction addresses the DOD acquisition process once the government has decided that it must seek the enormous resources of the private industry. The scope of this course specifically addresses the formal process by which the DOD requests (or solicits) industry to respond to their needs and requirements. The course also outlines the evaluation process and evaluation criteria used by the government to evaluate and select the winning proposal. The course will review the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplements (DFARS). Additionally the course will review the current policy in the DOD to outsource to the private sector (non-DOD sources) the tasks and functions previously performed by in-house government workforce. (Prerequisite: DEFM310)

DEFM312 Defense Budget Development and Execution (3 semester hours)

This course is a study of the process by which the acquisition, personnel, and readiness (operations and maintenance) portions of the annual Defense Budget are integrated and executed. Students will learn of the politics behind the issues and will gain an appreciation for the complexity of the process. Following an in-depth review of the political scope of budgeting, the course will shift into a study of how budgeting actually works at each stage of executive and legislative action. From the preparation of the service and agency budgets, through the presentation of the president’s budget, to the actual appropriation and expenditure of funds, the student will apply their knowledge of the politics of the process to appreciate the problems and issues in defense budgeting.

DEFM314 Military Logistics (3 semester hours)

This course is a survey of the role of logistics in support of warfighting from ancient times to the present. Students will analyze these warfighting efforts in terms of principles of logistics.

DEFM332 Transition and the Military Family (3 semester hours)

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of managing transitions, with a focus on those issues incumbent on the military family. Course topics include change and choice, psychology of the self, interpersonal relations, health, dysfunction, grief, and building a life-career. Particular attention is focused on these topics' application to the military family lifestyle, to include deployment separation, reunion, marriage and family, parenting, military casualty, and life-career. The following questions appear as themes throughout the course: what is transition; what transitions do military families experience; what are the affects on the body, mind, spirit, and interpersonal relationships; what is resilience; and how does one create a plan to strengthen resilience?.

DEFM351 History of Military Retention (3 semester hours)

This course starts with the Revolutionary War and progresses through all major events in United States history which impact upon the military retention process. The correlation between the nation's history and military retention policies have direct connections that will be examined closely to develop a better understanding for military counselors and other interested students. Understanding the history of retention provides the background for those who want to avoid past mistakes. It also helps the professional military counselor to place retention needs in a historical context when developing career counseling programs.

DEFM410 Program Appraisal (3 semester hours)

This course is designed to develop the basic skills essential to evaluate public programs. Knowledge of the policy process and of research methods are brought together in the execution of an ethical evaluation of how well the processes, and outcomes of a program meet the needs at which the program is targeted. This course will introduce the basic concepts of planning and carrying out an evaluation, the most commonly used analytical tools, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness methods. It will also introduce the basic format of evaluation reports.

DEFM415 Acquisition Test & Evaluation (3 semester hours)

Emphasizes the basic test and evaluation (T&E) principles, policies, organizations, processes, and practices used by DOD. Course topics include the role of T&E in systems acquisition, T&E planning, experimental design, measurement of systems effectiveness and suitability, instrumentation, and data collection and management. Also covered are reliability, maintainability, and availability of systems; analysis and evaluation; software; modeling and simulation; and T&E of alternative acquisitions. Problem-solving situations engage students in the use of T&E concepts, principles, and theories.

DEFM420 Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques (3 semester hours)

This course introduces methods and techniques necessary to analyze a contractor's cost proposal and to develop a Government negotiation objective. Students will apply the cost analysis techniques to analyze a contractor's proposal and develop a cost objective. The course also introduces negotiation terminology, styles, and techniques.

DEFM421 Joint Contingency Contracting (3 semester hours)

This course develops skills for contracting support provided to Joint Forces across the full spectrum of military and disaster relief operations. Exercises focus on unique aspects of contingency, critical thinking skills, and the execution of appropriate contractual instruments.

DEFM422 Mission Support Contracting I (3 semester hours)

This course involves a series of case studies where students demonstrate their ability to develop and execute business strategies to meet customer requirements. These cases help develop critical thinking, customer needs analysis, procurement strategy development, and source selection skills necessary for successful contract performance.

DEFM423 Mission Support Contracting II (3 semester hours)

This course involves a research paper in which professionals apply the knowledge and skills to demonstrate their ability to negotiate fair and reasonable prices and to consider the legal implications for various contract situations. The research paper helps develop critical thinking, cost analysis, negotiation, and contract administration skills necessary for successful contract performance.

DEFM424 Overhead Management of Defense Contracts (3 semester hours)

This course provides an understanding of industry overhead costs and the costs’ impact on seller pricing/business strategies under various acquisition environments with differing contract types. Attendees will understand the development and application of overhead rates used in contract formation, administration, and closeout. The course-integrating case study provides hands-on application of the overhead-rate process in which attendees determine their own final overhead rates.

DEFM499 Senior Seminar in Government Contracting and Acquisition (3 semester hours)

This course is a unique forum for senior personnel in the contracting career field to examine a wide range of policy issues. This seminar provides the most current information on new and emerging procurement regulations within the context of the federal public policy process. Students will develop a professional profile and report of new and emerging policy, changing responsibilities of the contracting and acquisition workforce, and personal actions needed for professional growth. (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 hours towards your program)