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DEFM415 - Acquisition Test & Evaluation

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM415 Course ID: 3457 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

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.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

LO-1 Describe the Test & Evaluation process for the Acquisition process, as well as the policy/oversight mechanisms that are in place for Test & Evaluation

LO-2 Describe how Development Test & Evaluation is linked to the acquisition process

LO-3 Explain how Development Test & Evaluation (DT&E)supports the technical review process (TRP)

LO-4 Describe the difference between the Development Test & Evaluation (DT&E) and the Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) process

LO-5 Identify the acquisition T&E milestone decision points

LO-6 Describe the role that modeling and simulation fills in the acquisition Test and evaluation process

LO-7 Explain what processes fall under specialized test and evaluation

LO-8 Identify events that trigger/define Initial Operational Capability (IOC), Full Operational Capability (FOC), and Milestone A, B, & C.

NameGrade %
HW Assignments 20.00 %
Week 1 Homework Assignment 4.00 %
Week 2 Homework Assignment 4.00 %
Week 3 Homework 4.00 %
Week 5 Homework Assignment 4.00 %
Week 6 Homework Assignment 4.00 %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Abstract 5.00 %
Week 3 Abstract 5.00 %
Final Paper 35.00 %
Final Paper 35.00 %

Required Course Textbooks


Required Readings

Test and Evaluation Management Guide (January 2005).

Free download at:

Additional Resources:

In the Course Materials folder there are PowerPoint presentations, leadership articles, and up to date APA handouts.

Defense Acquisition Guidebook

Available at:


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:Test and Evaluation Management Guide (January 2005)-Available free online, links provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:Government Printing Office
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.