Course Summary
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4.5 days (36 hours)
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Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 2 Acquisition Law, Business Administration, or Contracts


The course objective is to provide an overview of government contract law, with special emphasis on laws and regulations relating to ethics, data rights, fiscal law, protests, and contract management. Through analysis of actual legal cases, this course provides acquisition professionals with a deeper understanding of how judicial decisions impact the acquisition process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the government options are when reviewing data rights issues
  • Determine whether use of termination for convenience or default of the government is appropriate in a given situation
  • Evaluate the constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and decisional authorities applicable to governmental acquisitions
  • Describe the process for instituting a claim against the government
  • Describe the congressionally mandated preference for describing agency needs and source selection
  • Recognize statutory, regulatory, and decisional authorities applicable to government acquisitions
  • Identify the reasons for statutory and regulatory restrictions on conduct of government personnel
  • Describe the administrative, civil, criminal, and contractual remedies available to the government in light of contractor misconduct
  • Identify the purpose of contract modifications

General Course Topics:

  • Foundations of law
  • Ethics
  • Intellectual property and data rights
  • Fiscal law
  • Protests
  • Contract changes
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

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

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Written Papers

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Supplemental Materials