UCLA Extension

Business Case Analysis for Managers and Decision Makers

Course No. C2, Period 3

This course provides technical professionals and managers at all levels with the tools needed to select and rank the best projects, designs, ideas, and alternatives, given limited budgets, staff, or other resources. Instruction covers the approaches used in business and government to evaluate projects, including net present worth, rate of return, payback period, cost-benefit analysis, cost effectiveness, break-even, and life cycle costs. Other topics include interest and inflation rates, tax considerations, actual and constant dollar analysis, and real project case studies.

Learn how to avoid common errors and pitfalls, and deal with emerging factors, such as international projects and outsourcing. You’ll leave the course with handy rules of thumb and reference sources, so you can put these concepts to work immediately on the job and in your personal life. The techniques and methods you acquire can not only help you to evaluate projects and work more successfully with your financial department, but also in optimizing your personal investment portfolio, including stock, commodities, real estate, and other investment alternatives.

Please bring a calculator.

Donald S. Remer, PhD, PEremer_donald

President, Claremont Consulting Group, and Oliver C. Field Professor of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California.

As a professional engineer and manager, Donald Remer has been managing projects, performing cost estimation and project feasibility studies, and doing technical and economic evaluations for over 30 years. As an educator, Dr. Remer has presented professional seminars and short courses on a diverse range of project management topics to over 12,000 professionals.

His clients range from small entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and national laboratories including for example, Amgen, Beckman-Coulter, Boeing, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, DIRECTV, Disney, eCivis, GEC Marconi, Hewlett-Packard, Lear Astronics, St. Jude Medical, Northrop Grumman, QAD, Raytheon, Sequent Computer, TRW, FAA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sandia, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, and Los Alamos National Laboratories, County of San Bernardino, City of Tucson, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Remer has served as a task force and project manager and a planning and forecast coordinator for Exxon, and director of the Energy Institute at Harvey Mudd College. He is the former director of the American Society of Engineering Management.


Don’s Academic credentials, knowledge, and industry experience are world-class. His insights into evaluating projects of all scales effectively and accurately are absolutely invaluable!”
Jean Ji, Principal Engineer, Raytheon Company