2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

Military Science Leadership
Military Science Department
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MSL 101 Leadership and Personal Development
[formerly MSG 101 Introduction to Military Leadership Skills]
2 cr. Corequisite: MSL 106.  Establishes a framework for understanding officership, leadership, Army values and physical fitness, time management, communications theory and practice (written and oral), and interpersonal relationships.  These initial lessons form the building blocks of progressive lessons in values, fitness, leadership, and officership.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

MSL 102 Introduction to Tactical Leadership
[formerly MSG 102 Basic Leadership Skills & Concepts]
2 cr. Corequisite: MSL 106.  Establishes a foundation of basic leadership fundamentals such as:  problem solving, communications, military briefings, effective writing, goal setting, techniques for improving listening and speaking skills, in addition to an introduction to counseling.  Provides students with a basic understanding of situational leadership as it applies to the military and how the basic concepts and practices relate to individuals and organizations.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

MSL 106 Army Physical Fitness
[formerly MSG 106 Army Physical Conditioning and Training Laboratory]
1 cr. R Corequisite:  All MSG courses.  Develops confidence and discipline in mind and body through a regimented and challenging physical conditioning course.  Designed to provide students a framework of fitness skills, planning, and testing for a lifetime of health.  The course consists of three Physical Training (PT) sessions per week that include:  running, swimming, upper body, core development, sports, and team building exercises.  Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

MSL 201 Innovative Team Leadership
[formerly MSG 201 Leadership Development & Life Skills]
3 cr. Corequisite: MSL 106.  Develops an understanding of how to build teams, influence, communicate, a process for effective decision making, teaches creative problem solving, and the fundamentals of planning.  Students identify successful leadership characteristics through observation of others and self through experiential learning exercises.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

MSL 202 Foundations of Tactical Leadership
[formerly MSG 202 Leadership Management & Team Building]
3 cr. Corequisite: MSL 106.  Provides an advanced look at leadership principles and the application and practice of those principles.  Examines building successful teams, various methods for influencing action, effective communication, and achieving goals.  Additionally, stresses the importance of timing the decision, creativity in the problem solving process, and obtaining team buy-in through immediate feedback.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

MSL 203 Ranger Challenge
[formerly MSG 203 Ranger Challenge Laboratory]
1 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Corequisites: MSG 101, 201, 301, or 401.  Provides a forum to execute and evaluate the leadership skills and abilities developed in practical exercises, tactical scenarios, and peer mentorship.  This course evaluates the tactical, technical,  and communication skills and duties common to all branches of the Army.  Develops leadership and the ability to function effectively in small unit operations.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Fall semester.

MSL 204 Leader’s Training Course
[formerly MSG 298 Leadership Training Course – Internship]
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Provides a forum for the development of military leadership fundamentals.  Leadership Training Course (LTC) is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  This course is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development training Cadets receive in the Basic Course of ROTC (freshman & sophomore years on campus).  By transforming themselves through this rigorous training, students will qualify for enrollment in the Army ROTC Advanced Course on campus, provided they have two years of college remaining (undergraduate or graduate).

MSL 301 Adaptive Team Leadership
[formerly MSG 301 Small Unit Tactics & Operations]
3 cr. Prerequisites: MSL 101, 102, 201, and 202 or MSL 204. Corequisite: MSL 106.  Provides for the study, evaluation, and practice of the adaptive leadership model in order to acquire the same.  The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is used to develop self-awareness, behavior modification, and critical thinking.  Battle drills serve to assist in preparing the student/leader for Warrior Forge.  Students conduct self-assessment of leadership style, develop personal fitness regimen, and learn to plan and conduct individual/small unit tactical training while testing reasoning and problem-solving techniques.  Students receive direct feedback on leadership abilities.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Fall semester.  Restricted to contracted Military Science students.

MSL 302 Applied Team Leadership
[formerly MSG 302 Applied Leadership and Tactics Training]
3 cr. Prerequisite: MSL 301. Corequisite: MSL 106.  Provides a forum in order to execute and evaluate the leadership skills and abilities developed in practical exercises, tactical scenarios, and mentorship.  Evaluates the tactical, technical, and administrative skills and duties common to all branches of the Army.  Develops leadership behaviors and the ability to function effectively in small unit operations.  Examines the role communications, values, and ethics play in the leadership role.  Topics include:  ethical decision-making, considerations of others, spirituality in the military, and case studies of effective leaders.  Explores the leader’s role in planning, directing, and coordinating the efforts of individuals and small groups in tactical missions.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Spring semester.

MSL 305 Leadership Development & Assessment Course
[formerly MSG 398 Warrior Forge – Internship]
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Provides an environment in which to evaluate and enhance students’ leadership abilities in a controlled and challenging environment.  This serves as U.S. Army Cadet Command’s flagship training and assessment exercise held at Fort Lewis, Washington each summer.  Every Army ROTC Cadet hoping to pin-on the gold bar of an Army lieutenant must successfully complete Warrior Forge.  After graduation, most attendees will go back to their colleges or universities to finish their degrees and then be commissioned as an Officer of the U.S. Army.  Offered during Summer session.

MSL 401 Adaptive Leadership
[formerly MSG 401 The Army Officer:  Roles & Responsibilities]
3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Corequisite: MSL 106.  Develops proficiency in planning and executing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and mentoring subordinates.  Students explore training management, methods of effective team collaboration, and developmental counseling techniques, as well as the application of leadership principles and techniques involved in leading young men and women in today’s Army.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Fall semester.

MSL 402 Leadership in a Complex World
[formerly MSG 402 Officership:  Ethics & Justice in the Army]
3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Corequisite: MSL 106.  Focuses on case study analysis of military law and practical exercises in establishing an ethical command climate.  Future leaders must complete a semester-long Senior Leadership Project that requires them to plan, organize, collaborate, analyze, and demonstrate their leadership skills.  The course includes understanding of the ethical components of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and civil rights legislation, study of the military justice system and Army law administrations, exploration of the dynamics of leading in complex situations, and preparation for transition from college student to commissioned Officer in the Army.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Spring semester.

MSL 491 Leadership Special Topics
[formerly MSG 491 Leadership Special Topics]
V1-6 cr. Provides a course of study not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need.  Serves the needs of the instructor and/or student(s) otherwise not covered in any other class or curriculum.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions.

MSL 492 Military Science Independent Study
[formerly MSG 492 Advanced Leadership Practicum]
V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  Provides a study in military tactics, leadership, and organizational behavior.  Students are closely supervised by military Officers in order to provide one-on-one developmental counseling and mentorship.  Restricted to contracted Military Science students.  This course includes a required field training component which includes physical fitness, orienteering, and other outdoor skills.  Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

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