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MISSION COMMAND & THE ARMY AS A PROFESSION MSL 410 FALL 2014 INSTRUCTOR: Lieutenant Colonel Carl C. Meredith University of Wisconsin at Whitewater Army ROTC MH 421 Office Phone: 262-472-1727 School Email: Army Enterprise Email: Cell (Emergencies: 414-405-1185) CLASS MEETING: STAFF CALLS: Alternating Monday/Tuesday 8-9 a.m., WC 183A CLASS MEETING: TUE/THR 2-3:15pm CLASS LOCATION: MH 401 OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1000-1200 or by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION (OVERVIEW): MSL 401 introduces Cadets to the challenges of mission command and gaining an understanding of the Army Profession. Cadets learn the basics of what mission command is and how it is used in Army operations. Students will examine the Army Profession and what it means to be a professional in the U.S. Army. The overall focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership while gaining a big picture of understanding the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student. This course is a practical application of the leadership skills and techniques you have learned thus far in the program. Throughout the semester, students are assigned the duties and responsibilities of an Army Officer and must practically apply the fundamentals of principles of training, the training management, the Army writing style and military decision making to weekly training meetings. During these weekly training meetings, the student will plan, execute and assess ROTC training and recruiting events. Students will study the special trust proposed to Army Officers by the US Constitution and the President of the United States--a special trust given to no other civilian professions. 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. The student 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 will be given numerous opportunities to train, mentor and evaluate underclass students enrolled in the ROTC Basic Course while being mentored and evaluated by experienced ROTC cadre. The LDRSHP 410 course is designed to include multiple opportunities for student-centered learning, to include, but not limited to student reading assignments; homework assignments; participation in small group

assignments, practical exercises and case studies; student delivered briefings and operations orders; and a variety of student assessments discussions, surveys, personal reflections, essays, and digital media products. In addition, students will receive detailed and constructive feedback on their leader attributes and core leader competencies from experienced cadre. Focus: This course is one of the final steps on your pathway to commissioning. The focus of the curriculum, activities, and discussions this semester will be on what it takes to be an effective leader of our nation's finest young men and women. We will not spend time on tactical discussion or preparation for battle drills, but instead, on the functional actions and administrative duties of a young officer. You are now the leaders of the Warhawk Battalion. As such, in addition to the academic demands placed on you, you are responsible to train mentor and lead the rest of the Cadets - preparing them to one day do the things you are about to. The assignments, homework load and expectations for your performance are extremely high. This is not the easy "A" ROTC course - this is your last step to prepare to lead, and the course is designed to stretch you and take you beyond your comfort zones to new levels of leadership and learning. Format: This course is being offered in an enhanced/hybrid format this semester. This is primarily to allow for maximum use of face-to-face time, and flexibility for completion of additional coursework requirements outside of class. Why is this course being offered in the hybrid learning format? The goals of this format are to: 1. Promote active, self-directed learning by providing you with an effective combination of in-class teaching and online learning. 2. Shift some topics into the online format with a resultant reduction in the necessity to cover certain material during classroom time. 3. Use D2L to focus on certain material that can be more effectively presented in an online format. 4. Provide you with more flexibility by allowing you to do more of your work from home/out-of-class and to complete online learning activities at times that best suit your weekly schedule and learning preferences. What are some of the challenges that students might face in a hybrid learning course? It is important to remember that: 1. All students in this course must have almost daily access to the Internet. You must use the D2L site regularly between classes to keep up with the announcements and to complete the assigned activities. 2. Less time spent in class does NOT mean less work. You may find that the time spent in online activities will be considerable, but it is expected that your active participation will enhance your learning. 3. Learning is not a spectator sport. You are expected to take the responsibility to actively use the online learning material and to manage your time so that you complete assigned reading and online activities between the face-to-face sessions. Content: We will cover all the basic content for the semester via out-of-class reading, research and group projects, and in-class discussions and activities. This course is designed in a way that you absolutely must complete the prereading and out-of-class work in order to maximize your participation and learning experiences in class. Your participation and commitment to doing the hard work outside of class will ensure the most fruitful learning MS410 Adaptive Leadership, Fall 2014 Syllabus Page 2 of 10

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