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Last approved: Tue, 09 May 2017 08:01:56 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:31:13 GMT

Change Type
MS (Military Science)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations
Applied Ldrship in Small Unit
Division of Academic and Student Affairs
Military Studies (24MS)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
B. Robert and J. Fix
Senior Military Instructor / Assistance Prof of Military Science

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture and Lab4040NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: ROTC Advanced Course Cadets

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
This course covers the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, students will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a squad and platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom PE, a Leadership Lab, or during a Field Training Exercise (FTX). Students will write peer evaluations and receive feedback on his/her abilities as a leader and how to improve those leader skills that can further develop into a successful Army Officer.

Adding the MS 302 course to the Social Sciences GEP Courses aligns the Army's Leader Development program offerings with the offerings of the Navy and Air Force Programs.  

This change will provide ROTC Engineering Cadets with GEP Leadership course credit and eliminate the requirement for another leadership course. The ROTC Cadets are required to take a minimum of four (4) Military Science Leadership courses. 


Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:






Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:




Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:




Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
Apply the following components of the 21st Century Soldier Competencies (1) Teamwork & Collaboration, (2) Adaptability & Initiative, (3) Communication & Engagement and (4) Critical Thinking & Problem Solving to any organizational process.
The Cadet will be assessed by their utilization of the Army's Troop Leading Procedures (8-Step Model) to plan and execute a Leadership Laboratory for the ROTC Program (120 students). The Cadets are evaluated on their ability to coordinate for land, resources, personnel, and collaborative rehearsal to ensure a quality training event.
Analyze how human behavior, culture and mental processes inform the Leadership Developmental Counseling Process, Individual Sessions and the Leadership Trait Approach Method.
All Cadets in this course will be assigned to a leadership position within the Army ROTC Program. While serving in a leadership position, they will have subordinate Cadets whom they will be responsible for counseling, guiding, training, and assessing throughout the semester. The leaders will conduct face-to-face counseling with underclass Cadets and develop goals as well as analyze leadership strengths and weaknesses. The Cadet leaders will also provide assessments and feedback.
Cadets will learn effective communication concepts and their role in addressing and solving real-world problems.
Cadets are evaluated on their ability to use the correct procedure (6-elements) in order to Call-For-Fire in a simulated tactical environment. This environment includes the ability to understand terrain, communicate effectively, conduct calculations and estimates, and consider safety measures. Students are graded on their ability to successfully neutralize a target during lab and a classroom practical exercise.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:








Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:






Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:








Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:


Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.






US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.








Requisites and Scheduling
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
Title and author of any required text or publications.
• Field Manuals
• Army Doctrinal Publications
• "Start with Why," by Simon Sinek
• "Leaders Eat Last," by Simon Sinek
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
• Honorable Living and Building Trust White Paper,3 April 2014, USMA West Point, New York
• Fleenor, John W. “Trait Approach to Leadership.” Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 2006. Sage Publications. 16 February 2011.
• Harvard Business Review, November 2010, Extreme Negotiations;
• French, J.P.R., Jr., and B. Raven. "The Bases of Social Power." In Studies in Social Power. Dorwin Cartwright, ed. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1959
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
• Field Training Exercise- this training event usually occurs on a weekend from a Friday through Sunday. During this training, the students will conduct small unit tactical maneuvers and serve in leadership positions during the operations.
All instructors and instructional resources will be provided by NC State Army ROTC .

The primary objective of this course is to develop independent, creative thinking and problem

solving professional Army Officers
. We do this through instruction, practical exercises and

historical case studies that build leadership competency and military skill in preparation for

future responsibilities as an Army Officer. MS 302 challenges Cadets to study, practice, and

evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to

squad tactical operations. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership

attributes and actions. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations, Cadets

continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities. 

Student Learning Outcomes

The overall focus is aimed toward integrating the principles and practices of effective leadership, military operations and personal development in order to adequately prepare Cadets to succeed at the ROTC Cadet Advanced Camp at the completion of their junior year. 


● Demonstrate an understanding of small unit leadership as a squad leader

● Write a self-evaluation of leader actions taken during labs and evaluated leadership


Values and Ethics

● Observe the Warrior Ethos in fellow Cadets/cadre or when presented with a current or historical vignette or case study

● Embody the Warrior Ethos in class, labs and Cadet interactions

Personal Development

● Define standards for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)

● Create and deliver a Military briefing


● Apply the Composite Risk Management process to the orders process

● Apply the fundamentals of Drill and Ceremony to squad/platoon formations

Tactics and Techniques

● Apply troop leading procedures to accomplish team and squad operations

● Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver squad level orders to fellow Cadets

● Apply map reading, land navigation and terrain analysis to team and squad operations

● Apply military decision making to solve problems

● Apply fundamentals of Army Operations to small unit operations

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Attendance100 PointsClass is 2x a week
Attendance100 PointsLab is 1x a week
Attendance100 PointsPhysical Fitness is 3x a week
Test100 PointsArmy Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
Quizzes100 Points10x Total Quizzes
Midterm100 PointsMidterm Exam
Final Exam100 PointsFinal Exam
Essay100 PointsPosition Paper
Essay100 PointsLeadership Essay
Short Paper25 PointsMemorandum for Record
Short Paper25 PointsMemorandum for Record
Project50 Points104-R Completion
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Refer to Syllabus.

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