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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM421 Course ID: 4639 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course develops skills for contracting support provided to Joint Forces across the full spectrum of military and disaster relief operations. Exercises focus on unique aspects of contingency, critical thinking skills, and the execution of appropriate contractual instruments.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (LO):

1. Explain contingency contracting authorities and structure.

2. Explain the command and contracting lines of authority.

3. Explain the contingency contracting officer’s authority and command flow of that authority.

4. Explain the conditions of when contracting authority can change.

5. Explain the head of contracting activity (HCA) responsibilities.

6. Explain the senior contracting official (SCO) responsibilities.

7. Explain the contingency contract officer (CCO) and contracting officer representative (COR) responsibilities.

8. Explain the Joint Theater Support Contracting Command (JTSCC).

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

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Wk 1 - Introductions 2.00 %
Wk 1 Forum Discussion 2.00 %
Wk 2 Forum Discussion 4.00 %
Wk 3 Forum Discussion 4.00 %
Wk 4 Forum Discussion 4.00 %
Wk 5 Forum Discussion 4.00 %
Wk 6 Forum Discussion 4.00 %
Wk 7 Forum Discussion 4.00 %
Wk 8 Forum Discussion 4.00 %
Paper Assignments 32.00 %
Week 2 Short Paper #1 8.00 %
Week 3 Short Paper # 2 8.00 %
Week 4: Short Paper # 3 8.00 %
Week 6: Short Paper # 4 8.00 %
Research Paper 36.00 %
Week 7: Research Paper 36.00 %

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.


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.