Course Summary
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2 days (16 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 Acquisitions and Purchasing
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in acquisitions and purchasing.


The course objective is to build skills needed by Contract Managers (CMs), Project Managers (PMs), Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs), Contracting Specialists (CSs), Contracting Officers (COs), and other mission and support personnel who are responsible for translating mission requirements into viable Statements of Work (SOWs) for acquisitions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • interpret a statement of work (SOW) to determine if it meets the requirements for an effective SOW
  • summarize potential problems given sample SOWs and explain why they could present a problem
  • classify all the appropriate statements in a SOW and explain why the others are not appropriate
  • define the types of work statements, program scope, and the role of the program Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • define the purpose and contents of an SOW
  • explain the difference between tasks and data requirements
  • produce a Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) matrix that provides a set of data deliverables that match the SOW
  • develop Statements of Work (SOW) using samples provided and the SOW template
  • select all the data requirements and their associated DIDs
  • demonstrate the ability to problem solve and work as part of a team

General Course Topics:

  • Acquisition management
  • Acquisition process
  • The 8-2 online guide
  • Types of work statements
  • Work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Statement of work (SOW)
  • Contract data requirements list (CDRL)
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

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

Methods of Assessment:

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

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials