Military Science 211

MSCI 211: Leadership Styles/Theory and Application

Prerequisites: MSCI 111 and MSCI 112 or department chairperson’s permission

Credit Hours: (3) Two hour lecture; two hours laboratory; three hours physical training

Enrollment in course incurs no military obligation. This course involves the study of individual leadership styles and techniques using historical case studies. Students are also introduced to the branches (specialties) of the Army. The concepts and applications of communication and goal-setting in small organizations are analyzed. Students are provided an opportunity to develop and improve their writing and public speaking skills through a required written exercise and an oral presentation. They are also evaluated as a team leader required to accomplish specific collective tasks in a practical setting. The course includes physical fitness training and evaluation. Adventure training is available on an elective basis. Students may apply for two-year scholarships.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Focus. Continues development of cadet leadership and critical skills. Training is basic in scope and includes leadership, written and oral communications, physical fitness, and general military subjects. Specific topics include:

1. Conduct Drill and Ceremonies
2. Conduct Inspection
3. Write Using the Army Style
4. Give Briefings
5. Implement an Individual Fitness Program/Preventative Medicine
6. Leadership Principles
7. Individual and Squad Movement
8. Troop Leading Procedures
9. Operations Order Development
10. Supply/Logistical Activity
11. Map Reading
12. Communicate Effectively
13. Counseling


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

An informal approach will be used to educate students about Military Science topics. The course emphasizes applied leadership and military basic skills. Although the one hour of class each week would have to be summarized as "lecture", a two-hour laboratory is devoted to hands on training in basic military skills.


Goals and Objective of the Course

This course serves as a portion of the basic course qualification process with the following listed objectives:

1. Develop a basic understanding of leadership principles, techniques and ethics.
2. Develop the basic tools of oral and written military communications.
3. Develop an understanding of and be able to explain the history, training, missions and components of the Soviet armed forces.
4. Develop an understanding of and be able to explain the duties, responsibilities, and authorities of a noncommissioned officer, their relationship with officers, their support channels, and development of the noncommissioned officers.
5. Develop an understanding of the basic and special branches of the Army, the commissioned officer classification system, the branch accession plan, and the process used to assign branches.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments will include in-class quizzes, tests, written assignments, oral presentations and participation. The grading scale is listed below:

  • Final Exam = 20% A = 90 - 100
  • Midterm Exam = 20% B = 80 - 89.99
  • Participation = 10% C = 70 - 79.99
  • Quizzes = 30% D = 60 - 69.99
  • Army Physical Fitness Test = 10% F = 0 - 59.99
  • Writing (briefing requirement) = 10%


Other Course Information

Leadership Lab Focus. Serves as learning laboratories for hands-on practical experiences. Training is supplementary and includes operations and tactics, land navigation and radio and wire communication subjects. The APFT is administered to assess the state of physical development. Specific lab topics include:

1. Conduct Drill and Ceremony
2. Squad level Tactics, Basic Infantry Battledrills
3. Communicate on a Tactical Radio
4. Navigate using a map / compass
5. Prepare Squad/Platoon Combat Orders
6. Conduct PreCombat inspection for FTX
7. Conduct equipment recovery operations
8. Conduct Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction
9. Army Physical Fitness Test

Fall Field Training Exercise Focus. Continues development of leader skills in a field environment. The focus is on soldier-team development at small unit level. Training is supplementary and includes leadership, operations and tactics, and land navigation subjects. Special topics including military mountaineering, field survival skills, individual tactical techniques, and small unit tactical operations are covered. Specific topics include:

1. Establish a BIVOAC site
2. Individual Tactical Training
3. Squad Tactics/Patrolling
4. Supplemental weapons instruction

Cadet Command Events

1. Social functions, Awards Ceremony, Dinning In
2. Cadet Ride, Battlefield Study
3. Physical Training (three times per week)


Review and Approval

Date Action Reviewed by
March 16, 1998 Updated MAJ Perry N. Caskey