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Military Science (MSC) Course Descriptions

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MSC 1011  Introduction to Army ROTC
(1-2) 1 hour credit.
Introduces personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Focuses on the personal development of life skills such as goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management as they relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Increase self-confidence through team study and activities in basic drill, rappelling, leadership reaction course, first aid, making presentations, and basic marksmanship. Learn fundamental concepts of professional leadership in classroom and outdoor laboratory environments. Students attend one hour of lecture, a required two hours of leadership laboratory plus participate in organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered.

MSC 1021  Introduction to Tactical Leadership
(1-2) 1 hour credit.
Overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Students will explore dimensions of leadership attributes and core leader competencies in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises and will learn and apply principles of effective leading. Reinforce self-confidence through participation in physically and mentally challenging exercises with upper-division ROTC students. Develop communication skills to improve individual performance and group interaction. Relate organizational ethical values to leadership effectiveness. Students attend one hour of lecture, a required two hours of leadership laboratory plus participate in organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered.

MSC 2012  Foundations of Leadership
(2-2) 2 hours credit.
Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework (trait and behavior theories). Students practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership attributes and core leader competencies through an understanding of Army rank, structure, duties and basic aspects of oral presentations, concise writing, advanced first aid, land navigation, basic rifle marksmanship and basic military squad tactics. Students attend lecture and a required leadership laboratory plus participate in physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. (Formerly titled “Self/Team Development.”)

MSC 2022  Foundations of Tactical Leadership
(2-2) 2 hours credit.
Examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex Contemporary Operating Environment (COE). The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. MSC 2022 provides a smooth transition into MSC 3013. Students have an opportunity to develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team-building skills. COE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios. Students attend lecture and a required leadership laboratory plus participate in physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. (Formerly titled “Individual/Team Military Tactics.”)

MSC 3013  Leading Small Organizations I
(3-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: MSC 1011, MSC 1021, MSC 2012, and MSC 2022, or consent of instructor.
Series of practical opportunities to lead small groups, receive personal assessments and encouragement, and lead in increasingly complex situations. Uses small unit tactics and opportunities to plan and conduct training for lower-division students both to develop such skills and as vehicles for practicing leading. Students attend three hours of lecture, two hours of leadership laboratory and organized physical fitness training weekly. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 is recommended.

MSC 3023  Leading Small Organizations II
(3-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MSC 3013 or consent of instructor.
Continues methodology of MSC 3013. Students will analyze tasks and prepare written or oral guidance for team members to accomplish tasks. Students will also delegate tasks and supervise; plan for and adapt to the unexpected in organizations under stress; examine and apply lessons from leadership case studies; and examine the importance of ethical decision making in setting a positive climate that enhances team performance. Students attend three hours of lecture, two hours of leadership laboratory and organized physical fitness training weekly. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 is recommended.

MSC 4013  Adaptive Leadership
(3-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MSC 3023 or consent of instructor.
Students will plan, conduct, and evaluate activities of the ROTC cadet organization; articulate goals and put plans into action; assess organizational cohesion and develop strategies to improve it; develop confidence in leadership skills and resource management; learn and apply various Army policies and programs. Students will study how Army values and leader ethics are applied in the Contemporary Operating Environment and how these values and ethics are relevant to everyday life. Students will study the Army officer’s role in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the counseling of subordinates, administrative actions and the management of an Army officer’s career. Students attend three hours of lecture, two hours of leadership laboratory and organized physical fitness training weekly. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 is recommended. (Formerly titled “Leadership Challenges and Goal Setting.”)

MSC 4023  Leadership in a Complex World
(3-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MSC 4013 or consent of instructor.
Continues the methodology from MSC 4013. Students will identify and resolve ethical dilemmas; refine counseling and motivating techniques; examine tradition and law as related to leadership as an Army officer; prepare for a future as a successful Army lieutenant. Students attend three hours of lecture, two hours of leadership laboratory and organized physical fitness training weekly. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 is recommended. (Formerly titled “Transition to Lieutenant.”)

MSC 4033  Practical Leadership
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: MSC 4023 or consent of instructor.
Performance-oriented instruction and preparation for commissioning. Additional development of students’ ability to plan, coordinate, and direct the efforts of Army small-unit organizations in the execution of tactical missions; planning and execution of leadership laboratories.

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