In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in Military Management and Program Acquisition also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of military management, graduates in this degree program will be able to:
- Integrate the unique aspects of military operations within fundamental business enterprise concepts and principles of management, public relations, finance, strategic planning, and information systems.
- Apply various aspects of human resources, leadership, program management, logistics, law, and ethics to the management of a military organization.
- Identify public administration issues that apply to the military as a federal institution.
- Identify how effective and efficient management processes can directly and indirectly influence the outcome of military operations.
Bachelor of Military Management and Program Acquisition
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Program Acquisition and Contracting
Total Credits - 121 Hours
- Examine the entire systems acquisition cycle from the point of view of government requirements and the efforts of civilian contractors to bring the system to Full Operational Capacity.
- Apply the fundamentals of defense systems acquisition management, recognizing the diverse, interrelated, and changing nature in the different disciplines of defense systems acquisition management.
- Identify the regulations and governing structures of defense systems acquisition management.
- Describe the evaluation process and evaluation criteria used by the government to evaluate and select proposals for contract, following the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplements (DFARS).
- Understand how to conduct basic competitive acquisitions, process awards, and handle contract protests.
- Analyze common financial issues in acquisition that include cost estimating, earned value analysis, and Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE).
Introduction to the purposes of financial accounting statements and the recognition, measurement, and disclosure concepts and methods underlying financial statements. Focus is on using and interpreting financial statements and on understanding the impact of transactions and events on financial statements and financial ratios. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: MATH110)
Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110)
Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
This course develops skills for inquiry into the business environment from a legal and ethical perspective. Students explore the relationships between modern business and the environment, in addition to the ethical issues that arise when diverse interests intersect. Relevant topics will include contracts, commercial law (sales, secured transactions and creditors remedies), forms of business entities (including limited liability companies and corporations), agency, employer-employee relationships, real property concepts, bankruptcy, and negligence and strict liability concepts. Students will examine corporate governance and business ethics, with emphasis on case studies.
This course introduces Operations Research and includes the application of operations research and management science techniques to management decision problems. Operations research techniques and methods can be applied to problems in virtually all-functional areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, production and human resources. Examples from each of these areas will be covered during the course. A feature of the course is that Microsoft Excel is used to implement some of the techniques covered. This means that you will become proficient in using Excel; the most widely used electronic spreadsheet in business today. (Prerequisite: MATH110, MATH111 or MATH225)
Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110),College Trigonometry(MATH111),Calculus(MATH225)
Defense Budget Development and Execution
This course is a study of the process by which the acquisition, personnel, and readiness (operations and maintenance) portions of the annual Defense Budget are integrated and executed. Students will learn of the politics behind the issues and will gain an appreciation for the complexity of the process. Following an in-depth review of the political scope of budgeting, the course will shift into a study of how budgeting actually works at each stage of executive and legislative action. From the preparation of the service and agency budgets, through the presentation of the president’s budget, to the actual appropriation and expenditure of funds, the student will apply his knowledge of the politics of the process to appreciate the problems and issues in defense budgeting.
This course is a survey of the role of logistics in support of warfighting from ancient times to the present. Students will analyze these warfighting efforts in terms of principles of logistics.
Deliberate and Crisis Planning
This course is a survey of the two major types of planning employed by the Department of Defense. Differences between the two and the advantages/disadvantages of each will be examined.
Management Information Systems
This course provides a technical and organizational foundation for understanding the use and importance of information systems and information technology in today's management environment. This course covers the hardware, software, and infrastructure that support management information systems. Information and decision support systems, knowledge management and specialized information systems, database management systems, telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, Extranets, and wireless networks will be examined. This course also covers systems development, e-commerce, and the ethical and societal impact of management information systems.
This course is designed to provide students with a solid knowledge of US Military Law through the study of the evolutionary process, politics, and motivation that has led to the current status of US Military Law. Topics include the history of military law, US Military Law, statutory basis, legal system, and basic application. It will also include an analysis of current events as related through the press, where military law is involved.
This is an interactive course designed to help students achieve a greater understanding of the statistical methods and models available to analyze and solve the wide variety of problems encountered in business, science, medicine, education, the social sciences, and other disciplines. Successful completion of this course will provide students with a working knowledge of the principles of both descriptive and inferential statistics, probability, averages and variations, normal probability distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, statistical hypothesis tests, and correlation and regression analyses. The emphasis of the course will be on the proper use of statistical techniques and their application in real life -- not on mathematical proofs. This course will use Microsoft Excel for some of the work. Students should have a basic familiarity with Excel and have access to this software application. (Prerequisite: MATH110)
Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110)
Principles and Theory of Management
This course is a study of the management process including planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Topics include the classical and contemporary management theories that provide a foundation for the manager in today's business environment. (Note to Students: The course materials, assignments, learning outcomes, and expectations in this upper level undergraduate course assume that the student has completed all lower level general education and career planning coursework necessary to develop research, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students who have not fulfilled all general education requirements through courses or awarded transfer credit should strongly consider completing these requirements prior to registering for this course.
This course examines human characteristics and their bearing on the management and resultant performance of organizations. It includes a review of theory and research on personality, motivation, values, stress, leadership skills, power bases, and communication. It is designed to provide an understanding of the attitudes and behavior of subordinates and superiors, as well as important insights regarding one's own responses to the organization.
Acquisition Business Management
Deals with common financial issues in acquisition that include cost estimating; earned value analysis; Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE); congressional enactment; and budget preparation and execution. In this course, the student will prepare, justify, and defend budget exhibits and obligation/expenditure plans; formulate impact/reclama statements and reports; and develop and defend business aspects of the acquisition and PPBE cycle.
Program and Acquisition Management I
This course is an introduction to the requirements of successful program management in the DOD. The course will look at the entire systems acquisition cycle from the point of view of government requirements and the efforts of the civilian contractor to bring the system to Full Operational Capacity.
Program and Acquisition Management II
This course of instruction addresses the DOD acquisition process once the government has decided that it must seek the enormous resources of the private industry. The scope of this course specifically addresses the formal process by which the DOD requests (or solicits) industry to respond to their needs and requirements. The course also outlines the evaluation process and evaluation criteria used by the government to evaluate and select the winning proposal. The course will review the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
and the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplements (DFARS). Additionally the course will review the current policy in the DOD to outsource to the private sector (non-DOD sources) the tasks and functions previously performed by in-house government workforce. (Prerequisite: DEFM310)
Pre Reqs: Program and Acquisition Management I(DEFM310)
This course is designed to develop the basic skills essential to evaluate public programs. Knowledge of the policy process and of research methods are brought together in the execution of an ethical evaluation of how well the processes, and outcomes of a program meet the needs at which the program is targeted. This course will introduce the basic concepts of planning and carrying out an evaluation, the most commonly used analytical tools, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness methods. It will also introduce the basic format of evaluation reports.
Acquisition Test & Evaluation
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.
Choose 9 Credit Hours from the following:
Principles of Financial Management
This course is an overview study of the concepts and techniques in corporate finance. Topics include investments, financial environment, securities markets, financial markets, financial statements and analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, asset valuation, and decision-making. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
Human Resource Management
This course provides an overview of concepts, skills, theories and techniques involving human resource management and a review of examples involving innovative HR practices in the workplace. There will be an examination of human resource planning, development, and utilization in modern organizations. The establishment and operation of a total human resource program is explored. Topics include recruitment, selection, training and development, performance appraisal, reward systems, benefit programs and role of the human resource department.
This course focuses on the principles, practices, and processes of dispute and conflict resolution. The course draws on interdisciplinary material from social science, decision theory, management/labor relations, and others.
Human Resource Management Information Systems
This course provides a basic overview of various automated information systems that are available to support today’s Human Resource Professional. Students will have the opportunity to utilize systems such as RESUMIX, Peoplesoft, Modern Systems as well as other automated processes. Additional topics include systems security, individual privacy, legal implications and simplifying the interview process.
Human Resource Development
Training and development is no longer an option for organizations – continuous learning has become an essential requirement for those companies that wish to sustain market share and compete successfully in the marketplace. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the training and development function and is applicable to all organizations and jobs. Training methods, theories, research findings, and issues regarding training, employee development, and the career management function in organizations will be explored.
Bargaining and Negotiation
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic structures, strategies, tactics and techniques involved in collective bargaining and negotiations. It examines both interest based negotiations and the more traditional position based negotiations. Focus is on collective bargaining and labor negotiations, however, the approaches and strategies are useful in a wide variety of negotiation contexts.
Leadership & Motivation
This course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation about leaders, the leadership process and motivation. Topics include the theories of leadership and motivation, leadership power, leader behavior, leadership characteristics, the role of gender, substitutes for leadership, and dysfunctional leadership. MGMT312 serves as a self-assessment of the student's own leadership and motivation skills, knowledge, and attitudes and addresses the questions: Who am I as a leader? What are my most distinguishing leadership traits? What leadership style am I most comfortable being around? How do I influence others? and How do I motivate others?
This course will examine management techniques utilized when an organization decides it's time for a paradigm shift. Students will have the opportunity to explore principles and philosophies, which are a part of ushering in organizational change and transformation. Topics include downsizing, re-engineering, outsourcing and open book management.
This course is a study in the theory and
techniques of communication within and between organizations. It takes an
analytical approach to the development of content and presentation in management communications with an emphasis on the relationship of creative and logical thinking to the solution of management problems through written communications.
Foundations of Online Learning
This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to learning theory, the tools available in the online classroom and campus, and online research. Identification of personal learning style allows students to improve their study/learning techniques and prepares them to succeed in college level courses. Students will be introduced to formatting and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on written communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.
This program requires MATH302 which has specific math prerequisite requirements. Not all GEN ED Math courses satisfy that requirement
Military Management Senior Seminar
The Military Management Capstone is designed to integrate the student's past work in their major field of study and to review as well as strengthen their understanding of their focus area in Military Management and Program Acquisition. After a review of the student's academic experience, the student and professor will design a course of study to round out the student's preparation for research and writing a major paper in their field of interest. Student must have SENIOR standing to register.
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