• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Russell Glenn
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Strategy in Action: The Development of the Operational Art (STST8052)

In a broad sense, this new course will address the application of military force to achieve strategic ends. It will explore the conduct of operations in all three operational environments – land, sea and air – and their combination in more recent history to constitute joint war fighting doctrines. Through a series of case studies spanning warfare in the 20th century, the course will explore issues affecting the conduct of operations and their relationship with the strategic and tactical realms. Among the issues explored will be the scope of command and the concept of command systems; logistics and sustainment; the impact of technology; combined, joint and coalition warfare; operational design; and the political-military relationship. The course will also chart the emergence of the operational level of war as a distinct domain of military thought and highlight theories of an operational art developed by the German, Russian and United States military establishments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students should be able to:

1.       Identify the major trends in the conduct of military operations from 1800 to the present day and articulate the fundamentals of the major operational theories developed during this period;

2.       Articulate the relationship between strategy, operations and tactics;

3.       Analyse the conduct of military operations and identify the role which command practice, command systems, logistics, technology, geography, the political-military interface, and inter-service and coalition relationships play in determining their outcome;

4.       Conduct historical research and critically evaluate historical evidence;

5.       Express themselves clearly and eloquently in a variety of formats – verbal, written, digital; and

6.       Function effectively as part of a small group conducting the activities.

Indicative Assessment

This course will be assessed through a variety of means including written assignments, online discussions, classroom activities, and a scenario-based exercise:

  • Student Participation (10%) Students are assessed on their contribution to classroom presentations and discussions and the operational planning exercise. This assessment contributes to learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Online Exercise (10%) Prior to the residential period of the course students are required to monitor an ongoing military operation utilising online sources and compile a blog of their observations on the course Wattle site.  This assessment will contribute to learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Short Assignment (20%) Students will conduct a 1,500 word literature review of excerpts from classical military theorists. This assessment will contribute to learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, and 5.
  • Research Paper (30%) Students will complete a 3,500 word research paper examining the conduct of operations utilising an historical case study. This assessment will contribute to learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  • Examination (30%) Students will sit a three hour examination testing their knowledge of the operational concepts examined during the course (short answer section) as well as relevant case studies (two essay questions). This assessment will


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Students undertaking this course could expect a workload of 10 hours per week.  This is inclusive of actual contact hours for lectures and also out of class preparation time.

Prescribed Texts

Core reading materials will be available as an e-brick.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $2412
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2646
2005 $2532
2004 $2412
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3798
2014 $3942
2013 $3942
2012 $3942
2011 $3942
2010 $3942
2009 $3816
2008 $3798
2007 $3798
2006 $3798
2005 $3798
2004 $3798
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4491 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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