Military Officer Education Programs

Air Force Officer Education Courses (Division 896)

101. The U.S. Air Force Today I. (1).

Examines the growth and development of the United States Air Force; covers Presidential, Secretary of Defense and JCS roles in the defense posture, and the national and U.S. military strategic concepts; studies the Air Force contribution to strategic offensive and defensive and General Purpose Forces and Air Force supporting forces. Compares the dynamics and interaction of all U.S. military forces in the General Purpose role and their cooperative efforts in the national security posture. The course entails a midterm and final examination. (Col. Hunter)

201. U.S. Aviation History and its Development into Air Power I. (1).

The central themes of the development of aviation from the Montgolfier's balloon to the air armadas of World War II are outlined. Primary emphasis is placed on the roles of technology, economics and military necessity in the evolution of aviation equipment, doctrine and strategy. Texts are provided. The class format is informal lecture. Grades are based on two examinations, oral and written presentations, and performance in a Leadership Laboratory designed to give students an opportunity to practice and apply military doctrine. (Capt. Phillips)

310. Concepts of Leadership. (3).

Approximately one-third of the course is devoted to developing both the written and oral communication skills so essential to effective leadership. Communication theory is combined with practical classroom experience. The concepts, principles, and techniques of leadership and human relations are presented within the framework of behavioral theories. Individual behavior, motivation, and group dynamics are discussed. The interaction of the leader, group, and situation as dynamic factors in an organizational environment is investigated. This course is planned as a seminar. Grades are based on an oral presentation, a term paper, a midterm, and final examination. (Capt. McGibney)

410. National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society. (3).

Focuses on the Armed Forces as an integral element of society. Provides examination of a broad range of American civil-military relations, and the environmental context in which defense policy is formulated. Special themes include: societal attitudes toward the military; the role of the professional military leader-manager in a democratic society; the fundamental values and socialization processes associated with the Armed Services; the requisites for maintaining adequate national security forces; policy, economic, and social constraints on the national defense structure; the impact of technological and international developments on strategic preparedness; the manifold variables involved in the formulation and implementation of national security policy. The course will be both in a seminar and lecture format. There will be a term paper and midterm and final exams. (Capt. Thomas)

Military Science Courses (Division 897)

101. U.S. Army Today. (1).

This course is designed to give the student a general overview of the U.S. Army. The course explores topics such as: customs and traditions of the service, roles and missions of the Active Army, Reserves, and National Guard, branches of the Army, role of the commissioned and noncommissioned officer, organization of the Army, and command and staff functions. The 90 minute laboratory which concentrates on developing practical skills includes instruction in rappelling, land navigation, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, drill and ceremonies, and leadership.

201. Leadership and Management. (1).

The course will include discussion of at least three leadership styles/models focusing on practical application of leadership and management in the U.S. Army environment. This course includes practical exercises in addition to lecture and readings. The 90 minute laboratory which concentrates on development of practical skills includes instruction in rappelling, land navigation, first aid, rifle marksmanship, and drill and ceremonies and leadership.

301. Effective Communication. Permission of chairman. (2).

This course is designed to improve the student's written and verbal communications skills. Topics discussed will be 1) written military correspondence, after action reports, 2) preparation and presentation of military briefings, planning and conduct of meetings and drafting of information/decision papers. Students will participate in practical exercises involving verbal and written communications skills. The 90 minute laboratory which concentrates on development of practical skills, includes instruction in rappelling, land navigation, self defense, first aid, rifle marksmanship, drill and ceremonies and leadership.

401. Military Justice. (2).

This course will concern itself with a discussion of the basic aspects of military justice and their application within the United States military. Topics to be discussed include: military jurisdiction, the court-martial system, non-judicial punishment, non-punitive disciplinary measures, search and seizure, and evidence, all of which culminate in a mock trial conducted by the students. A discussion of the Law of Land Warfare will be conducted emphasizing the Geneva and Hague Conventions. Students will be evaluated by use of quizzes, exams and class participation. The 90 minute laboratory, which concentrates on development of practical skills, includes instruction in rappelling, land navigation, first aid, rifle marksmanship, tactics, and drill and ceremonies leadership and evaluation.

Navy Officer Education Program Courses (Division 898)

101. Introduction to Naval Science. (2).

An introductory look at the organizational structure of the naval service. Attention is concentrated on leadership and management principles as they apply to the naval service and the shipboard organization. Additional subjects to be covered are military justice, and navy policies and procedures. The course is a combination of lecture and class discussion. Grades are based on a short paper, quizzes, a midterm and examination. (Lt. Kuhn)

201/EECS 250. Electronic Sensing Systems. (3).

Introduction to properties and behavior of electromagnetic energy as it pertains to naval applications of communication, radar, and electro-optics. Additional topics include sound navigation and ranging (SONAR), tracking and guidance systems, and computer controlled systems. Several laboratory demonstrations will illustrate applications of the theories and concepts learned in the classroom. (Lt. Skinner)

301/Astro. 261. Navigation. (3).

The purpose of this course is to educate students in all aspects of marine navigation, from getting a vessel underway from port through open ocean navigation using both celestial and electronic means. The content of the course is divided into three major areas. The first section focuses on piloting, emphasizing the safe navigation of vessels in coastal waters. This section provides an introduction to navigational instruments and aids to navigation. The second section concerns celestial navigation, the ability to determine position through observation of celestial bodies. Students learn how to determine position based on the use of the sextant and various almanacs and mathematical tables. The third section of the course considers electronic navigation. The course consists of two ninety-minute lectures a week. Grading is done on the basis of homework, quizzes, a project, and examinations. The primary textbooks for the course are MARINE NAVIGATION I and MARINE NAVIGATION II by Richard R. Hobbs. (Lt. Oldani)

401. Leadership and Management I. (2).

The theme of this course is the officer-manager as an organizational decision maker and leader. The focus is on the human side of complex organizations while recognizing that there are technical and behavioral factors present in virtually all managerial situations. The course is designed to lay the theoretical basis for the more program oriented course in Leadership and Management II. A civilian management text is used. The instruction format is lecture/discussion. Students are graded on midterm and final examinations supplemented by quizzes, papers, and class participation. (Lt. Ehresman)

410. Amphibious Warfare. (3).

Exploration of the history, development, and techniques of amphibious operations to enable the student to acquire a general background in amphibious operations. (Capt. Ahles)


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