Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
PMT 3600 or PMT 3600V
10 days
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 Program Management


This course builds on previous program management courses. By focusing on the knowledge and skill requirements of upper mid-level and more senior leadership positions in a program office, the student’s analysis, synthesis, and evaluative skills are exercised to help these become more effective when occupying these leadership positions in a program office. Students completing this course are expected to be effective leaders in program offices at the upper mid and senior level positions while serving in program management positions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Formulate a top-level strategy and program structure that addresses requirements in accordance with the Department of Defense 5000 series
  • Analyze the risks in the formulation of a transition or acquisition strategy
  • Build a top-level program schedule that meets user and acquisition requirements
  • Categorize the specific administrative and programmatic requirements of the Department of Defense oversight and review structure
  • Given a Joint Reconnaissance & Autonomous Targeting System scenario, prepare a life cycle cost estimate.
  • Prepare appropriate programming and budgeting submissions and estimates in accordance with the Planning, Programming, Budgeting & Execution process
  • Develop a program objective memorandum and justification for program and budget in accordance with the Planning, Programming, Budgeting & Execution process
  • Explain the purpose and relationship to the overall acquisition strategy of low rate initial production quantities articles
  • Apply principles of contracting, competition, fiscal laws, and regulations as they pertain to development of program funding, contracts, and strategies
  • Develop a design solution
  • Assess alternatives and progress in accordance with the system engineering technical management processes
  • Develop a process to ensure user requirements are met
  • Produce a development plan with supporting rationale
  • Develop a strategy to meet the government requirements in accordance with the contract terms and conditions
  • Develop program risk mitigation plans
  • Revise the acquisition strategy to address requirements and to be compliant with the Department of Defense 5000 series
  • Determine the required program information elements necessary to describe and manage an acquisition program
  • Prepare a briefing to support a milestone review
  • Provide an integrated risk assessment
  • Develop a response to a Congressional Inquiry
  • Revise an acquisition strategy based on initial operational test results
  • Create a program mitigation plan given a performance problem during Test & Evaluation
  • Develop a response to a new contract/contract modification to an existing development contract
  • Analyze project funding and impact to support major program events based on a program status report
  • Propose appropriate revisions to the Acquisition Program Baseline based on a revised acquisition strategy
  • Develop a response considering the programmatic and contractual actions necessary for a Joint Urgent Operational Need based on a system’s status and user feedback
  • Develop an organizational structure tailored to meet Program Management Office needs

General Topics:

  • Program Management Office Missions
  • Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 5000 Series
  • Integrated Product Teams
  • Tailored Acquisition Strategies for Acquisition programs
  • Risk Items Regarding Cost, Schedule, and Technical Maturity
  • Life Cycle Cost Estimate
  • Planning, Programming, Budgeting & Execution Process
  • Program Objective Memorandum
  • Low Rate Initial Production Quantities
  • Fiscal Laws and Regulations
  • Cost, Schedule, Performance, and Risk Balances
  • Prototype Testing
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Milestone Reviews
  • Integrated Risk Assessment
  • Congressional Inquiries
  • Operational Test Results
  • Contract Modifications
  • Acquisition Program Baseline
  • Joint Urgent Operational Need
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials