Principles of Acquisition and Program Management

Course #MN3331

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


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. MN3331 is offered both in resident and in a non-resident mode (distance learning), and is equivalent to MN3221/MN3222 and GE3221/GE3222.  Defense Acquisition University (DAU) has granted MN3331 equivalency for ACQ 101, ACQ 201, ACQ 202, ACQ 203, EVM 101, PMT 252, PMT 257, and BCF 110. PREREQUISITE: None.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  08 Dec 2023

    Last day of classes

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

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