Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
LOG 104
6 hours
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 Logistics, Supply Chain Management, or Information Technology
Credit may only be received for this course by additionally completing LOG 204 (DAU-0262). The total number of hours recommended for the completion of both courses is 2 semester hours at the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category.


The course objective is to understand the relationship between reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) as a critical factor in design, performance, cost, and sustainment. The course addresses the cross-disciplinary actions of Program Management, Systems Engineering, Test & Evaluation and both acquisition logistics and sustainment to evaluate the impact of reliability and maintainability decisions. Stressing a conceptual approach, the course presents basic reliability, availability and maintainability terminology and engineering practices. It discusses current legislative and DoD policy that have invigorated systems engineering and logistics engineering processes to improve the requirements process, minimize risk through reliability growth programs and ensure effectiveness and suitability through developmental and operational test and evaluation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize how reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) measures are developed and addressed to enhance combat capability
  • Recognize how contractual requirements are developed from operational requirements
  • Identify how the design interface process promotes the concept of designing for reliability
  • Identify how the design interface process promotes the concept of designing for maintainability
  • Identify how reliability growth and Test and Evaluation (T&E) programs reduce risk
  • Recognize the impacts of manufacturing process anomalies on system reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) performance parameters
  • Recognize the elements of a Performance-Based Life Cycle Product Support strategy and how RAM is a key element in achieving metric goals

General Topics:

  • Reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) as key element of product support
  • Operational and contractual ram requirements
  • Designing for reliability
  • Impacts of manufacturing process anomalies on RAM
  • Legislation and DoD policy
  • Reducing risk
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials