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c) Conduct CASEVAC procedures at unit level d) Mentor and evaluate (write blue cards) underclass Cadets during garrison and tactical operations. e) Apply the military decision making process (MDMP) to Cadet Battalion training meetings/staff calls, training and operations. COURSE POLICIES: Course Design: I conduct this class in an interactive manner. Everyone will be responsible for contributing to the success of the learning experience. Questions and comments are encouraged! You will have small group discussions and exercises throughout the class. I do not normally provide time during class to discuss and work on projects. The bulk of the assessment and learning in the course is presented in small chunks, and will come at a very fast pace. You cannot count on the Midterm and Final to pull you through! This not only provides the opportunity to learn many things across a wide range of topics, but it also replicates life outside of college as a young officer, where you will have more to accomplish than you think you can and will need to plan your time to meet all of your suspense’s. Late Work: The maximum possible score on a late assignment is 75%. All point deductions will start from that score. Assignments due dates, expectations, and submission requirements will be communicated clearly. Missed exams may be made in the event of an emergency. Required Course Technology: A number of assignments, projects, and exercises will require your use of D2L, WebEx, Skype, and Google Hangout. Each cadet is required to have their own computer, access to the Internet (broadband access required in most cases), headset and microphone (built in or external), and be comfortable with the use of email, D2L, WebEx, Skype, Google Hangout, and various other Internet based programs. You are expected to bring an Internet Connected Device (laptop, iPod Touch, iPad, etc.) to class with you every day. We will make use of cell phones and Internet devices in many classes. Unless otherwise stated ALL assignments will be submitted through D2L; feedback and grades are provided back through D2L exclusively. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Class Participation and Attendance (12.5%): Students are expected to participate actively in learning through critical reflection, inquiry, dialogue, and group interactions. This includes participating in class discussion, sharing personal perspectives and experiences related to principles discussed in class or reading, and working with fellow students to engage in class exercises. Attendance at all class meetings is mandatory. Absences are considered excused when they are due to circumstances beyond your control. Contact the instructor prior to being absent to be excused from class. Unexcused absences will result in the loss of 10 points per absence and a point penalty on any work that was due that class period. A number of activities will be conducted outside of normal class sessions. Attendance is mandatory and graded. Attendance and Participation will account for 12.5% of your total grade. STAFF-RIDE – All MSIV’s are required to participate in a staff ride to a historical battlefield. You will be assigned a topic to research prior to the staff ride and will present information on your topic to your fellow Cadets during the staff ride. APRT – All Contracted Cadets are required to participate in all SROTC activities as stated in their contract. Students auditing this class or not yet contracted are encouraged but not required to participate in SROTC activities outside of the classroom. As a future officer, you are expected to maintain solid physical readiness according to Army regulations. Your participation and performance in PT will count toward your final grade. MS420 Leadership in a Complex World, Spring 2013 Syllabus Page 3 of 8

Leadership (25%): MSL420 is the ROTC capstone leadership course, and as such, cadet leadership will be evaluated extensively. MSIV’s will be evaluated on their successful planning, organization, coordination and effectiveness of Staff Calls, Leadership Labs, Mentoring of their assigned Battle Groups, applying the MDMP process, and their overall leadership performance. A subjective assessment of your performance in your assigned duty position will be made at the end of the semester. Presentations & Briefings (12.5%): Throughout this course students will give and be evaluated on a number of presentations and briefings both individually and in a group. These will include Coordinated Staff OPORD briefs for a VBS2 Exercise, Military Ball, the Joint FTX, and a Battle Analysis Briefing. Additionally you will prepare a capstone final group project in the form of a Digital Story and present this on the last day of class, and again at the May Commissioning Ceremony. As future Army leaders, students are expected to continually improve their presentation skills with research and rehearsal in areas such as: - Voice inflection (can you be heard; do you project confidence) - Body Language (are you doing something distracting; are you animated) - Organization (basic organization, logical flow, supported by facts) Papers/Projects (15%): There are four writing requirements for record in the course, as well as several group projects. You will write a 2-3 page essay reviewing the Five Temptations of a CEO. This essay will evaluate the concepts in the book and their applicability to platoon level leadership. You will research and conduct a formal battle analysis of a famous historical battle. The written product will be 5-7 pages. A Comprehensive briefing and presentation of your Battle Analysis will comprise the second half of the requirement. Details on the format will be provided separately. You will research, identify and select a current Company or Field Grade Officer to conduct a personal interview assessing his/her leadership styles, challenges, lessons learned and meaningful experiences from which you can draw on in your own leadership development. Finally, you will be required to keep a Leadership Journal for the duration of the semester and submit four posts from your journal for review, of which the final post will consist of your Personal Leadership Philosophy. Quizzes & Exams (15%): There will be two Quizzes and a Comprehensive Exam. Combined they will be worth 15% of your grade. Graded quizzes will be unannounced. Final Term Projects (20%): There will be two term projects for this course – one individual and the other as part of a group. You will submit a Personal ROTC Leadership E-Portfolio via D2L at the end of the semester, which will be available for review during the Spring Commissioning Ceremony. The second Project will consist of a MSIV Group Digital Story, designed and created as a team to tell your story as this past year’s class leadership. The final product will be shown during the Spring Commissioning Ceremony. Detailed requirements for both projects will be provided via D2L. GRADING SCALE: 100 -93% A, 92-90% A- 89-87% B+, 86-83% B, 82-80% B- 79-77% C+, 76-73% C, 72-70% C- 69-67% D+, 67-73% D, 62-60% D- 59% and below Failing 1000 total points are possible. Grading is based on absolute points, no curve will be used. MS420 Leadership in a Complex World, Spring 2013 Syllabus Page 4 of 8

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