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DEFM551 - Executive Program Manager's Decision Making Skills

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM551 Course ID: 4645 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is designed to meet the learning and performance needs of newly selected PEO’s, DPEO’s, and ACAT I and II Program Managers and Deputy Program Managers. Skills and behaviors are developed through a concentrated study of cases, role playing and scenario analysis. (Prerequisite: DEFM550)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
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):

Learning Outcomes:

1. Explain the key features of an Executive Program Manager’s role in today workforce.

2. Demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to be a successful executive in today's government contracting and acquisition organizations.

3. Create an Executive level action plans for practical and measurable government contracting and acquisition policy and procedures changes.

4. Demonstrate how executive decision making is conducted for complex major military equipment developments.

5. Explain the role and pitfalls of ethics in executive decision making.

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

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Introductions 2.00 %
Wk 1 Forum 2.00 %
Wk 2 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 3 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 4 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 5 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 6 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 7 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 8 Forum 4.00 %
Paper Assignments 32.00 %
Assignment 1: Week 2: Paper 1 8.00 %
Assignment 2: Week 3: Paper 2 8.00 %
Assignment 6: Week 6: Paper 3 8.00 %
Assignment 7: Week 7: Paper 4 8.00 %
Term Project Outlines 12.00 %
Assignment 3: Week 3: Term Project Part 1 â?? Outline 4.00 %
Assignment 4: Week 4: Term Project Part 2 - Abstract and Detailed Outline 4.00 %
Assignment 5: Week 5: Term Project Part 3 - Referenced Outline 4.00 %
Term Project Paper 24.00 %
Assignment 8: Week 8: Term Project Paper 24.00 %

The materials are all online and from the APUS online library. They are contained in the course lessons and Forums and Assignments as needed.

Required Course Textbooks

Required Readings:

NCMA Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) Desktop Pocket Guide

Annotated Guide to the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), 2nd Edition^B&bookid=16527

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.


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 APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.