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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
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO-1: Analyze the attributes of “Great Military Leaders.”

CO-2: Apply an analytical framework of a “Great Captain” to the study of military leaders.

CO-3: Distinguish between “Great Captains” and “Great Military Leaders.”

CO-4: Evaluate historical military leaders at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war.

CO-5: Construct an assessment of a leader using a rigorous analytical framework.

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

Postings to the discussion forums are required each week. Students must post a reply to the forum questions and reply to at least two (2) other students for each Forum. This means that each week you should have a main post and two (2) responsive (peer) posts. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites. As a reminder, students are also expected to respond to posts to their main posting. These responses do not count toward the two peer posts required.


  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Thursday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 500 words.
  • Attribution to sources should be provided.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 250 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Research Proposal and Literature Review – 20 percent

The components of this assignment include a research question, a purpose statement, and a literature review of at least 6 sources, four of which must be peer-reviewed. The specific research question should relate to a general topic in the course. 4-6 pages.

Research Paper – 30 percent

Adding to the Research Proposal and Literature Review, the research paper should be a total of 16-18 pages of analysis on 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 one question, 10-12 pages in length, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives.

NameGrade %
Weekly Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Final Paper 30.00 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Research Question Exercise 20.00 %
Research Proposal and Literature Review 20.00 %

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:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.