The aim of this course is to examine military operations through the lens of three key operational elements – operational art, joint operations and operational planning – so that students are able to contribute to the planning and execution of joint operations and through reflection, critically engage in related professional discussions.
The students are introduced to relevant doctrinal and theoretical concepts and will use scenarios to explore, utilize and critically analyze these concepts.The didactical framework is a blend of lectures, discussion, critical engagement and practical application. On completion of the course, the students should be versed in the key elements and concepts that connect operational art, joint operations and operational planning.
Students must possess a BA/professional BA, officer training on an equivalent level or another equivalent degree. Students enrolled in the MA in Military Studies must have completed the Introduction module before this module
The module is divided into seven segments that collectively will provide the students with the context and critical skills through which to understand military operations on the operational level.
The course is based on a blended learning model.
There will be three presence modules. An introductory 12/12 seminar (Module 1) where the students will be introduced to the course, key operational level concepts and critical thinking. Two further five-day presence modules will cover the key elements of operational art, joint operations and operational planning.
The main activities during the presence modules are scenario-based planning tasks supplemented by lectures by the course conveners and/or practitioners and syndicate discussions where students critically engage with the course curriculum.
During the distance learning periods, the students are expected to study and learn by reading the assigned curriculum thoroughly, watch the relevant video lectures, and engage with assigned questions and tasks. In these periods, the students will write individual papers and participate in online group discussions and work collectively to complete a group assignment.
Students will play an active role in all elements of the course. Students will be given tasks where they lead their syndicates during planning and discussions; engage in teacher-led lectures; fully participate in all group activities; demonstrate willingness and ability to present their ideas; and work independently and in groups during distance learning periods.
The course will primarily be administered & taught in English
All planning activities will be conducted on Fiin so access to a FAP/FIA computer is required.
|Date||Event & Activities||Time||Where|
|5 January 2024||Course start date|
|11 January 2024||Kickoff meeting||1400-1500||Zoom|
|18 January 2024||JOPG Check-in||1400-1500||Zoom|
|18 January 2024||Task 1 (Written assignment uploaded)||2359||Moodle|
|6 February 2024||Presence Module 1 begins||1200||Svanemøllen|
|7 February 2024||Presence Module 1 ends||1200||Svanemøllen|
|6 March 2024||Task 2 (Written assignment uploaded)||2359||Moodle|
|14 March 2024||JOPG Check-In & Discussion Task 2||1430-1600||Zoom|
|18 March 2024||Presence Module 2 begins||1030||Svanemøllen|
|22 March 2024||Presence Module 2 ends||1400||Svanemøllen|
|15 April 2024||JOPG MAB Meeting 1||1400-1600||Zoom|
|22 April 2024||Task 3 (Written assignment uploaded)||2359||Moodle|
|29 April 2024||JOPG MAB Meeting 2||1400-1600||Zoom|
|8 May 2024||Task 4 (planning task uploaded)||2359||Moodle|
|13 May 2024||Presence Module 3 begins||1030||Skive|
|17 May 2024||Presence Module 3 ends||1400||Skive|
|19 June 2024||Exam uploaded||2359||Moodle|
All events and activities are mandatory except the JOPG Check-In highlighted in cursive.
The below table show the approximate workload in hours. Students are required to put in hours prior to and between presence periods. Students are encouraged to discuss and plan the workload with their direct primary leader before applying for the course (see also attendance policy below).
|Course Element||Period in 2024||Appr. Workload Hours||Remarks|
|Distance learning 1||Weeks 3-5||30||Reading and individual paper.(2 pager)|
|Module 1||Week 6||15||Presence (12/12)|
|Distance learning 2||Weeks 7-1||50||Reading, individual paper (2pager) and syndicate work.|
|Module 2||Week 12||45||Presence (5 days)|
|Distance learning 3||Weeks 13-19||50||Reading, individual paper (2 pager) and syndicate work.|
|Module 3||Week 20||45||Presence (5 days)|
|Exam||Week 25||40||10 pages.|
Table – Workload overview
Figure – Overview of workload-time (DL = Distance Learning period / M = Presence Module)
Figure – Overview of workload-time(DL = Distance Learning period / M = Presence Module)
Written assignments are pass/no pass. All assignments must be passed in due time in order to attend the exam. If a student receives a no pass evaluation, the student will be given the possibility to rewrite in order to obtain a pass.
Format: Individual written exam to be written in English.Duration: The exam questions will be provided after the completion of the last presence module (4 weeks to complete and hand in).
Grading: The Danish seven-step scale for grading.
According to “MMS studieordning” physical presence at the presence modules is mandatory.
The presence modules cannot be performed online nor will they be recorded. The reason is that the planning elements – along with development of critical thinking skills – are key elements of the module and course. The syndicate work for planning elements cannot be performed in a blended presence/online mode.
Module 1:If the student cannot attend Module 1, the student is expected to complete a 6-page essay including references and a bibliography. The course director will provide the question and assess the quality of the essay. If the student meets the expectations set out by the course director, they will be allowed to continue the course.
Module 2 & 3:
Failure to attend either module will result in non-completion of the course.
If a student cannot attend one day of either module, the course director and relevant syndicate leader will determine if a critical skill or topic is missed and what course of action should be taken.
Week 6: 6-7 February (12/12 Seminar) – Svanemøllens Kaserne
Week 12: 18-22 March – Svanemøllens Kaserne
Week 20: 13 May - 17 May– To be confirmed Skive/Skalstrup
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