- Class Number 9169
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- David Connery
- David Connery
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
This course analyses the use of military power to achieve strategic objectives. It explores the major trends in the conduct of military operations from 1800 to today. It details the theoretical and historical underpinnings for the use of armed force, the relationship between strategy, operations and tactics, the evolution of command systems and practice, and the challenge of political-military relationships. Of interest to those seeking better understanding of force as an implement of national policy, the course is particularly appropriate for students considering government service or other positions involving national and international security matters.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon completion 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.
Readings provided via Wattle
Participants without a strong background in this topic may wish to purchase a general text such as Baylis, Wirtz and Gray, Strategy in the Contemporary World (ed 6) 2018.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||22 July - Course introduction/Military theory overview|
|2||29 July - Land Power|
|3||5 August - Sea Power|
|4||12 August - Aerospace Power||18 August (by 11:55 pm) -Reflective Journal Due (for sessions 1-4)|
|5||19 August - Information power and Case study: Falklands War as a joint operation|
|6||26 August - Civil-military Relations||Note - mid-semester break|
|7||16 September - Military Force in an Integrated Approach|
|8||23 September - Interventions and Outcomes: decision game; and 'Plans are worthless: planning is everything' (a very short introduction to joint planning)|
|9||14 October - Case study - Iraq's Wars||No lectures on 30 September and 7 October 11 October (by 11:55 pm) - Research essay due|
|10||19 October (Saturday 1000-1700) - Operational Planning exercise (Location TBA)|
|11||19 October (Saturday 1000-1700) - Operational Planning exercise (Location TBA)|
|12||21 October - War in the 21st Century||3 November (by 11:55 pm) - Outline Operational Plan Due 10 November (by 11:55 pm) - Reflective Journal Due (for sessions 5-9;12)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Part One Reflective Journal||10 %||18/08/2019||29/08/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Research essay||40 %||13/10/2019||04/11/2019||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Operational Plan Outline||25 %||03/11/2019||14/11/2019||2, 3, 5|
|Part Two Reflective Journal||15 %||10/11/2019||19/11/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Participation and contribution to group learning||10 %||14/11/2019||19/11/2019||2, 4, 5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Part One Reflective Journal
Each of the teaching sessions will be centred on key themes of the course. In turn, for each session, with the exception of the operational planning exercise, a series of questions will be posed. Questions (called 'focus questions') will be available approximately two weeks prior to the relevant teaching session.
In the reflective journal, you are expected to provide a) an initial answer to one of the key questions based on your reading and own thinking and b) a revised answer to the same one question based on the knowledge gained during the teaching session. You should provide a minimum of 100 words for (a) and (b) each.
The purpose of this journal is for you to engage with the core issues of the course by drawing upon a variety of resources in the sessions' readings, lectures and interaction with your classmates during group work.
For Part One - Reflective Journal you need to submit responses for teaching sessions 1-4.
The journal will be submitted via Wattle/Turnitin by 11:55 pm (2355 hours) on 18 August. Each student will receive individual feedback via that medium. The essays will be returned to students several weeks after submission.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Students are required to write a 3600 (+/- 10%) word research essay on a topic provided on the STST8052 Wattle site.
Essays are to be accompanied by a 300-400 word executive summary in which students communicate their key points in a manner suitable for a non-academic, policy-focused audience (for clarity, essay plus executive summary = 4000 words). The summary must be clearly indicated and appear on a separate page before the essay proper. The executive summary will constitute 10% of the overall mark for the essay. The other 90% will come from the essay that will be marked as a separate, self-contained document. Essays lacking a summary will receive zero marks for the 10% component. Executive summaries will be assessed on the basis of:
- A clear writing style suitable for the intended audience -students are to assume they are writing for an interested government minister or senior public servant;
- Within the allocated range for word length.
- The ability to summarise and communicate the key features of the essay; and
- A clear explanation of the significance of the essay's analysis.
The intent of this assessment is to have students delve deeper into the theories, issues, and case studies discussed in the classroom. Its aim is to illustrate the factors that determine the character of military operations and their outcomes including the relevance and application of doctrine; selection and sequencing of objectives; and role of inter-service, multinational, and broader participation.
Students are reminded that this is an exercise in analysis not description. The requirement is to examine, evaluate, and explain – to mount an argument and not simply describe.
The essay will be submitted via Wattle/Turnitin by 11:55 pm (2355 hours) on 13 October. Each student will receive individual feedback via that medium. The essays will be returned to students several weeks after submission.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 5
Operational Plan Outline
Students will be required to submit a written version of the outline plan developed by their group during the operational planning exercise on 19 October. Students are expected to revise the plan to reflect the critique and questions arising from their group's brief but should not undertake a complete re-design. Students will be provided with the required format for the outline plan on the day of the exercise.
The plans will be submitted via Wattle/Turnitin by 11:55 pm (2355 hours) on 3 November, and the grades and feedback released via that means. The results will be available several weeks after the pieces are submitted.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Part Two Reflective Journal
Each of the teaching sessions will be centred on key themes of the course. In turn, for each session, with the exception of the operational planning exercise, a series of questions will be posed. Questions (called 'focus questions') will be available approximately two weeks prior to the related teaching session. In the reflective journal, you are expected to provide a) an initial answer to one of the key questions based on your reading and own thinking and b) a revised answer to the same one question based on the¯knowledge gained during the teaching session. You should provide a minimum of 100 words for (a) and (b) each.
The purpose of this journal is for you to engage with the core issues of the course by drawing upon a variety of resources, the sessions' readings, lectures and interaction with your classmates during group work.
For Part Two - Reflective Journal you need to submit for teaching sessions 5-9;12.
Due 10 November 2018 by 2355 (11:55 pm).
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 2, 4, 5
Participation and contribution to group learning
Classroom discussion is central to the teaching style of this course. Masters-level students are expected to engage with the material presented by their lecturers, in the readings, and by their peers. Although the size of the course dictates that some content be delivered by lectures, time will also be allocated for questions, discussion, and group activities. Students should thus ensure they have prepared for each session. A mark will be awarded to recognise students’ contributions in class.The course also features a planing activity in which students will work in small groups and deliver a briefing. Students will be assessed on their level of preparedness and participation for each activity, the clarity and relevance of their contributions, and their collaboration with and consideration of their peers.
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Military theory, national security