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MILS512 - Great Military Leaders

Course Details

Course Code: MILS512 Course ID: 3242 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an in-depth analysis of the characteristics of leadership common to great military leaders. It focuses on those personalities and decision-making skills that are inbred and/or learned by the great leaders. Students compare and contrast the characteristics of great military leaders and choose a specific leader to assess the persona of that individual. Special emphasis is on investigating the biographical literature and what sources reveal about personality and leadership style.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Analyze the attributes of military leadership.

CO-2: Evaluate historical and contemporary military and strategic leadership decisions.

CO-3: Examine concepts as they relate to the contemporary leadership environment.

CO-4: Apply leadership methodologies to the study of leaders.

CO-5: Construct an assessment of a leader using a leadership methodology.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Your initial post should be at least 250- 500 words. Please respond with original comments to at least 2 other students' initial posts. Responses should be a minimum of 250 words. Use sources in all three required posts and cite them in notes and bibliography. In addition, you need to monitor the postings and respond to my questions as well. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Question, Purpose Statement, and Literature Review Exercise – 15 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and a literature view of at least 8 sources, two of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course. 6-8 pages.

Research Paper – 35 percent

Adding to the 6-8 page assignment in Week Two, the research paper should be at least 10 additional pages of analysis of your topic, not including the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.

Final Assignment – 30 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 4 questions, 2-3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory

NameGrade %
Course Readings Forum 20.00 %
Readings Forum Week 1 2.50 %
Readings Forum Week 2 2.50 %
Readings Forum Week 3 2.50 %
Readings Forum Week 4 2.50 %
Readings Forum Week 5 2.50 %
Readings Forum Week 6: Lessons Learned 2.50 %
Readings Forum Week 7 2.50 %
Readings Forum Week 8 2.50 %
Final Paper 35.00 %
Research Paper 35.00 %
Final Essay 30.00 %
Final Essay 30.00 %
Research Question Exercise 15.00 %
Research Question 15.00 %

Required Course Textbooks

There are no required course textbooks for this class.

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.