This module explores the key attributes and the methodology of different planning paradigms in regard to military operations planning. The module will learn students about key planning elements and considerations.
Foto: Kristian Vinther Brøndum
The core empirical and theoretical materiel will be NATO Operations Planning Process and the Operational Level Planning Process on one hand and the methodology and attributes of Military Design Thinking* on the other hand. The module views planning across all levels of war but focuses on operational level processes. The module enhances planning competencies of the military officer in two ways. Firstly, through the provision of a higher-level theoretical understanding of the formal military planning processes and models. Secondly, through the understanding of a constructivist approach to military operations planning in the form of military design thinking.
*“Military design thinking means the capability to understand a current conflict environment from a holistic perspective, to imagine a desired post-conflict environment and to realize it with counter-intuitive military and non-military means” (Phillippe Beaulieau-Brossard, 2017)
The aim of the module is to provide students with a theoretical understanding of key components of military planning to enable them to engage critically in different paradigms for military planning processes and thereby, enable students to analyse, evaluate and provide advice on the planning approach to a military problem within all problem domains.
Students admitted to the Master in Military Studies (MMS) program.
Military Personnel with a bachelor, masters or equivalent degree. MMS students are prioritised.
Upon completion students have acquired the following knowledge, skills and competencies:
The content may include topics such as complexity theory, problem understanding, systems and military design theory, the operating environment, operations design, Operational Art, Center of Gravity, assessment and evaluation, risk, as well as Danish and NATO concepts and doctrines for planning.
The learning activities are mainly conducted in English and Danish and the curriculum is predominantly in English.
The learning activities combine self-study of the curriculum, online activities, and one presence module including lectures and group discussions, planning tasks as well a number of learning-exercises which aims to stimulate studeny´s critical thinking and support a reflexive learning process.
The module is conducted between the 7th of March 2022 and the 20th of May 2022. The course includes a five days presence module, which will be executed in period 25th –29th April 2022 at Royal Danish Defence College at Svanemøllen Kaserne.
The work load is set as 5 ECTS-points with each ECTS-point comprising approximately 27.5 hours, i.e. approximately 137.5 hours altogether. Approximately 1.5 ETCS-points are allocated for the presence module and approximately 3 ETCS-points are allocated to curriculum, assignments and various other learning activities. Approximately 0.5 ECTS-point is allocated to the exam.
Type: Individual oral synopsis based exam. Further guidance for the exam will be promulgated, however, the overarching framework will be:
Language: English or Danish
Grading: The Danish seven-step scale
Deadline: The 20th of May 2022
If grading results in a grade below 02 (NIL TWO) the student has not passed and is required to retake the exam. The student is required to re-exam. The deadline for the re-exam is normally four weeks from the time the previous grading is forwarded, but the exact deadline is taking the students regular job and work load into consideration. The student has a total of three attempts to pass the module exam.
Students attending the MMS and other qualified participants
Min 10 – max 25
Level 7 within the Danish Framework for Life Long Learning
Start: 7th of March 2022
End: 20th of May 2022
Royal Danish Defence College
Ryvangs Allé 1
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
Employees under the Ministry of Defence: Free.
Others: 5.000 DKK.
Cdr. Claus Smith Rasmussen
Royal Danish Defence College