CTM 300 Basic Principles of Contract Management (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: ENGL 190. This course will explore the contract management process in three broad phases: pre-award, contract award and post-award. Each step of the phases will be addressed from both the Buyer and Seller perspectives, in both the federal and commercial environments. Key learning points include procurement planning, bid and proposal preparation, source selection, and contract administration. Students will participate in realistic team exercises to enhance their contracting skills, to include mock negotiations, dispute resolution and oral proposals.
CTM 325 Contract Formation and Performance (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: CTM 300. By its very nature, the field of contract management is heavily influenced by the field of law. In this course, students will acquire an understanding of the formation and administration of a contract in accordance with Common Law, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Other areas covered include contract types, contracting authority, contract terms and conditions, contract changes, defaults, communication between parties, contract termination, conflict resolution and claims.
CTM 335 Administration and Monitoring (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: CTM 300. Managing a contract is much like managing your own business. Like a business owner, as a contract professional you are ultimately responsible for a contracts profit or loss or the successful on-time, at or under budget completion. This means you have to understand the financial nuances of a contract from how estimating and pricing were done to timely, accurate billing to close out. Applicable sections of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) will be reviewed. Students will be introduced to the basic techniques and applications of Earned Value Management (EVM). The roles of the government oversight organizations (DCAA and DCMA) will also be explored.
CTM 345 Project Management: Principles and Practices (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: ENGL 190, CMMK 121 and CST 295. Much of the work involved with contract management requires a basic understanding of project management. Using a holistic approach, this course is designed to provide contract professionals with a basic understanding of what is necessary for successful project management. Students are introduced to all phases of the project management process, including: planning, scheduling, organizing and controlling projects. The course includes major topics of strategy, priorities, organization, project tools and leadership. Primary class emphasis is on the project management process and the tools available to help ensure success.
CTM 355 Supplier Relations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: CTM 300. This course will focus on the criteria and methodology used for selection of suppliers and subcontractors, as well as identifying the optimal contract type and monitoring contract performance using key metrics. Topics include: legal relationships; adequate definition and specification of requirements; single VS multiple sourcing; strategic teaming agreements and partnerships between companies and contract planning and scheduling. Students gain an understanding of how an outsourcing plan can facilitate selection of the right contract type, the right supplier(s) with the right capabilities at the right price and allow for the monitoring of both cost-reimbursable and firm-fixed price type contracts.
CTM 400 Intellectual Property Protection (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: CTM 300. In the 20th Century our nation's economy evolved from being manufacturing-based to service-based. The 21st century is seeing it adapt again to one based on information and knowledge. For many companies, intellectual property has become their most critical asset, one which must be protected from domestic and foreign competitors. This course will examine ways to protect company property and gain a competitive advantage, with emphasis on obtaining, maintaining and enforcing intellectual property rights under United States and foreign law. Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, protection of computer software and biotechnology, and international protection will be discussed.
CTM 415 Contract Acquisition: Process and Negotiation (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: CTM 300. In this course, students will study the contract award process through the following steps: identification of need, preparation of the solicitation, development of the proposal, source selection, negotiations and contract award. Students will also learn how to use "best practices" in regard to negotiation strategies and tactics.
CTM 425 Contracting in the Global Marketplace (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: CTM 300. Today there is little doubt that we have a global economy in which we must compete. In this course, students will learn how to procure and develop international contracts. The history of global trade and the complex legal and cultural environments of international trade will be explored. Students will learn about the various international bodies and conventions that apply to international contracting. Students will also gain an appreciation for the financial implications and learn methods they can use to assess the risk involved as well as resolve international trade conflicts.