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MILS541 - Campaign and Battle Analysis

Course Details

Course Code: MILS541 Course ID: 3255 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course analyzes selected American campaigns and battles in order to gain an understanding of the nature and conduct of war at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Using proven methodologies, students study the challenges of diplomacy, leadership, strategy, operations, tactics, logistics, as well as issues of command and control that always confront commanders and staff officers on campaign and during battle. By analyzing past campaigns and battles, students will sharpen their analytical skills and gain a greater appreciation of the value of military history.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Analyze different methodologies for conducting effective battle/campaign analyses.

CO-2: Evaluate different methodologies for conducting effective battle/campaign analyses.

CO-3: Assess the value of battle/campaign analysis as a way of learning from the past.

CO-4: Evaluate how battle/campaign analyses can provide an enhanced understanding of the nature of war and warfare (i.e., the conduct of war) at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels.

CO-5: Apply one of the methodologies studied in the course to conduct an effective analysis of a chosen battle or campaign.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussions – 20 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:59 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Week 3: Research Proposal – 15 percent

Week 7: Research Paper – 35 percent

Week 8: Final Assignment – 30 percent

Required Course Textbooks

There are no required textbooks for this course

Required Readings

Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Content area of the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.