FAR Fundamentals (CON 090) Virtual

Course Description

CON 090 FAR Fundamentals is a foundational course for new hires that provides a total immersion into the Federal Acquisition Regulation (Parts 1-53) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The course will prepare the 21st century acquisition workforce to operate successfully in a web enabled environment. 


The objective of the course is to present students with various contracting scenarios and teach them to locate, interpret, and apply the appropriate acquisition regulations. At the completion of the course students will demonstrate mastery of this objective. In order to maintain our DAU equivalency designation, we are required to teach the DFARS.


Pre-coursework     

The pre-coursework consists of the following tasks:


    Job Analysis Survey. This short, online survey will be completed by the student and their  

     supervisor and is designed to identify the types of tasks the employee is currently performing.

    Orientation. Orientation activities consist of ensuring that students can complete the following  

     tasks prior to commencement of the course. 

  • Log on 
  • View the Announcement page and the course calendar
  • Access and post to the discussion board
  • Access and complete a quiz
  • Post an assignment


23-Week Course Overview

· The course is structured into weekly lessons. Each lesson addresses specific functions associated with the 1102 job duties and walk participants through the contracting process beginning with Acquisition Planning and concluding with Contract Management. 

· Instructors notify the students of their virtual "office hours". These hours will be a combination of days, evenings and weekends. During the stated times, each instructor will be available to "chat" online or over the phone with the students concerning their questions.

· Each week students will complete homework that will be posted online and graded by our instructors. They will have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns with their instructor either during office hours or at a prearranged time.

· Students will also post to the course discussion board responses to various discussion questions so that they can think about how they would apply the material they just identified and learned in the regulations. Students may also engage in online discussions with other students concerning course exercises designed to introduce the students to real-world scenarios that they will face day-to-day performing as 1102s.

· At the conclusion of the course, each student will be given a research paper to complete. The topic of the research paper, whenever possible, will be chosen based on the student's agency and their current duties based on information gathered during the registration process for each student.

· Papers will be graded based on a rubric that measures students’ ability to do the following:

  o Identify the issues that need to be addressed by researching the regulations.

  o Conduct the necessary research in all applicable sources in the Federal Acquisition Regulation 

      System, including agency supplements and deviations.

  o Clearly state the issue and articulate an opinion that is based on their assessment of the 

      situation and the viable options with supporting citations from the appropriate regulations.

· All students receiving 80% or more on their homework and paper will successfully complete the course and receive their certificate.


The instructors for our course offerings are all DAWIA Level III certified. They each helped to develop this course, complete the yearly update, and have taught it for ITG since 2013.  The course is structured into weekly lessons. Each lesson addresses specific functions associated with the 1102 job duties and walk participants through the contracting process beginning with Acquisition Planning and concluding with Contract Management. 

· Instructors notify the students of their virtual "office hours". These hours will be a combination of days, evenings and weekends. During the stated times, each instructor will be available to "chat" online or over the phone with the students concerning their questions.

· Each week students will complete homework that will be posted online and graded by our instructors. They will have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns with their instructor either during office hours or at a prearranged time.

· Students will also post to the course discussion board responses to various discussion questions so that they can think about how they would apply the material they just identified and learned in the regulations. Students may also engage in online discussions with other students concerning course exercises designed to introduce the students to real-world scenarios that they will face day-to-day performing as 1102s.

· At the conclusion of the course, each student will be given a research paper to complete. The topic of the research paper, whenever possible, will be chosen based on the student's agency and their current duties based on information gathered during the registration process for each student.

· Papers will be graded based on a rubric that measures students’ ability to do the following:

o Identify the issues that need to be addressed by researching the regulations.

o Conduct the necessary research in all applicable sources in the Federal Acquisition Regulation System, including agency supplements and deviations.

o Clearly state the issue and articulate an opinion that is based on their assessment of the situation and the viable options with supporting citations from the appropriate regulations.

· All students receiving 80% or more on their homework and paper will successfully complete the course and receive their certificate.


The instructors for our course offerings are all DAWIA Level III certified. They each helped to develop this course, complete the yearly update, and have taught it for ITG since 2013.  

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