MN3331 Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

This course provides the student with an understanding of the underlying concepts, fundamentals and philosophies of the Department of Defense systems acquisition process and the practical application of program management methods within this process. The course examines management characteristics and competencies, control policies and techniques, systems analysis methods and functional area concerns. Techniques for interpersonal relationships will be examined in team exercise settings. Topics, from a program management perspective, include the evolution and current state of systems acquisition management, the system acquisition life cycle, requirements analysis, systems engineering, contract management, resource management, test and evaluation, user-producer acquisition management disciplines and activities; and program planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. Case studies are used to analyze various acquisition issues. Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has granted MN3331 equivalency for ACQ 101, ACQ 201, ACQ 202, ACQ 203, PMT 251, PMT 257, BCF 102 and BCF 103. PREREQUISITE: None.

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  • As Required