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DEFM540 - Program and Acquisition Management

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM540 Course ID: 2667 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a detailed and practical examination of DOD acquisition regulations and procedures. Duties and responsibilities of the Program Manager at each point in the systems acquisition process continuum will be stressed.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

LO-1 Analyze the fundamentals of defense systems acquisition management.

LO-2 Evaluate the diverse, interrelated, and changing nature in the different disciplines of defense systems acquisition management.

LO-3 Analyze the regulations and governing structures of defense systems acquisition management.

LO-4 Identify the provision of the New Acquisition Regulations.

LO-5 Evaluate the role of the program manager.

LO-6 Debate whether contract reforms have increase competition.

LO-7 Summarize the V-22 Osprey Program.

LO-8 Describe the problems and issues program and acquisition management for major weapon systems and logistics systems

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 2 Assignment 6.00 %
Week 3 Assignment 6.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 6.00 %
Week 5 Assignment 6.00 %
Week 6 Assignment 6.00 %
Research Paper 38.00 %
Week 8 Assignment 38.00 %
Forums 32.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %

Additional Resources:

Additional Resources:

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) located at

Universal Commercial Code (UCC) located at

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

Netlibrary—you can read directly online. Note, printing is one page at a time and, depending on number of users at any one time, you may be locked out.

Book Title:Operation of the Defense Acquisition System - available free online -
Publication Info:2003
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.