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DEFM305 - Acquisition Business Management

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM305 Course ID: 3456 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

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.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (LO):

LO-1 Describe the major legislation acts that affect contracting and acquisitions

LO-2 Describe several historical legislative acts that have institutionalized better business practices within the DoD acquisition community

LO-3 Describe the roles & responsibilities of the Executive Branch, Congress, and defense industry in Defense Acquisition and where defense acquisition authority is derived

LO-4 Define the role of the acquisition workforce in the military capability areas: DOTMLPF

LO-5 Define Acquisitions Management (within the DoD), and where management fits into the acquisition process

LO-6 Explain both the military and civilian Acquisition Authority Chain and why interoperability is important in the acquisition community

LO-7 Explain the concept of “Cost Estimating” within the acquisition community Explain the defense budget structure by appropriations title, force program, and component

LO-8 Explain important defense budget terms, such as Budget Authority, outlays, and obligations

LO-9 Define the concept of “Earned Value Analysis” within the acquisition community

LO-10 Describe both the 4 phases of the resource allocation process & the on/off-year cycle process

LO-11 Describe the overall PPBE process to include the DoD’s Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS)

LO-12 Describe the Congressional defense budget process from the concurrent budget resolution through the defense authorizations and appropriations processes

LO-13 Describe the various types of procurement fraud and how to manage fraud

LO-14 Define the basic principles of ethics as it pertains to the acquisitions field

LO-15 Describe the major sources of procurement standards and garner an understanding of the Procurement Integrity Act

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 5.00 %
Week 2 5.00 %
Week 3 5.00 %
Week 4 5.00 %
Week 5 5.00 %
Week 6 5.00 %
Week 7 5.00 %
Week 8 5.00 %
First - Paper 15.00 %
First - Paper 15.00 %
Second - Paper 10.00 %
Second - Paper 10.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %

Required Course Textbooks:

Introduction to Defense Acquisition Management (2010). Free download at:

Joint Program Management Handbook Third Edition (2004). Free download at:

DOD 5000.01 Free download at:

Also, included in course materials.

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

In the Course Materials folder there are additional course articles, and up to date APA handouts.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Book Title:Various resources from the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.