Do you already have an associate or bachelor’s degree, but want to develop your skills in acquisition for business or government? Strayer’s diploma program can help you advance your career goals quickly.
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The diploma in acquisition and contract management will give you exposure to the processes and procedures in contracting, electronic business, and developing and managing long-term contracts.
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ACC 100-Accounting I
Understand accounting concepts, assumptions and principles. Study the analysis and recording of business transactions, the adjusting process and the procedures necessary to complete the accounting cycle. Progress to illustrating merchandising operations and merchandise inventory accounting, exploring internal control and cash, and explaining accounting procedures for receivables.
BUS 100-Introduction to Business
Get a foundation in business operations through a survey of the major business functions (management, production, marketing, finance and accounting, human resource management, and various support functions). Take a high-level look at business organizations and the business environment, strategic planning, international business and quality assurance.
BUS 230-Purchasing and Materials Management
Examine integral aspects of purchasing and materials management, including function, organization, quality and quantity considerations; pricing policies; supplier selection; and ethical and legal implications. Review purchasing procedures, value analysis, inventory control, warehousing and traffic, capital equipment, make-or-buy decision making, automation, budgets, and institutional and governmental purchasing practices.
BUS 315-Cost and Price Analysis
Learn how businesses can establish and administer equitable pricing arrangements for goods and/or services. Analyze the total price (cost plus profit) and the individual elements of cost (labor, materials, indirect costs and profit). Learn techniques for determining proper prices and estimating. Discuss methods of pricing research and development, and the selection of hardware and services.
BUS 319-Principles of Federal Acquisition and Contract Management
Examine the federal procurement process and introduces concepts, policies and procedures associated with government contracting. Discuss the programming, planning and justification of program funding; formulation and earmarking of procurement requirements; preparation of work statements and specifications; procurement requests; and acquisition planning.
BUS 330-Contract Administration and Management
Understand the general policies and procedures for federal contract administration in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Review the responsibilities of contract administration including pre-and post-award activities, contract oversight, quality assurance, compliance, financing, cost controls, documentation, terminations and disputes, and subcontract management. Discuss coordination with procurement activities and audit agencies.
BUS 340-Contract and Purchasing Negotiation Techniques
Get a background in the theory, strategies, techniques and tactics for negotiating contracts, as well as the principles and practices of negotiations for procurement. Prepare and conduct negotiations, with an emphasis on interactions and negotiation strategy. Focus on federal government contracting.
BUS 375-Project Management
Address the fundamentals of project management methodologies and examine their application to business. Review the stages and activities in the project life cycle, organization for business project management and various project control and evaluations processes. Consider negotiation and human resource management concerns in project management.
CIS 105-Introduction to Information Systems
Get an introduction to the general purpose of information systems in organizations and the use of personal productivity software. Demonstrate tasks in common software applications, including word processing, web browsing, spreadsheet modeling, database management and presentation graphics.
FIN 100-Principles of Finance
Get a foundation in business finance, starting with a conceptual framework for the financial decision-making process and an introduction to financial tools and techniques, including financial mathematics, capital budgeting, sources of funds and financial analysis. Topics include acquisition and use of short-term and long-term capital; financial markets, institutions and instruments; financial control; time value of money; cash, operation and long-range budgeting; and cost of capital.
LEG 440-Procurement and Contract Law
Examine legal and regulatory aspects associated with federal acquisition and administration of contracts under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Topics include contract formation and award protests, standards of conduct, governmental liability, the dispute process, and administrative and judicial methods of resolution of procurement and contract disputes.
MAT 104-Algebra with Applications
Apply algebra to a variety of fields of study including probability, statistics and finance. Explore mathematical modeling and set theory.