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64 Courses


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MG379 2012-1 LEADING TEAMS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is designed to improve cadets' understanding of human behavior in small group/team settings. Course content includes structural characteristics of teams such as size, status, roles and norms in addition to the effects of task and environment. Cadets then use their understanding of these constructs to analyze team phenomena such as cohesion, performance, decision making, problem solving and conflict resolution. We also devote a number of lessons to current issues such as electronic and virtual groups, high performance work teams and shared leadership in a team environment. The course is particularly relevant to professional development in that cadets gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of small group and team interaction. This allows them to develop and implement creative leader actions that will maximize unit/team effectiveness.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1

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MG380 2011-2 MARKETING 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The objective of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, analyses, and activities that comprise marketing management, and to provide practice in assessing and solving marketing problems through the use of case studies and real world projects in both the military and civilian realms. Topics include competitive analysis, marketing strategy, customer behavior, segmentation and targeting, market research, pricing and promotion. Graded requirements include a combination of WPRs, written projects and student led discussions. This course is required for cadets pursuing the Management major"
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MG381 2019-2 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course serves a dual purpose. It is an introduction to the concept of management as well as an introduction to the multidisciplinary nature of the management field of study. This course focuses on the managerial activities that organizational leaders use to effectively and efficiently direct the resources of organizations. As a result, the course is structured around the primary concepts of planning and decision-making, organizing, leading and controlling. In addition, cadets will examine the concepts of ethical and global management as they learn to analyze operating environments, assess organizational capabilities and develop feasible courses of action.
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2025 8
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MG382 2019-2 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=3.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course begins with the premise that people are a firm's most important resource; and that the management of this critical resource ultimately determines the success or failure of the organization. The course examines the behavioral science principles used to foster the creation of effective work environments -- environments specifically designed to elicit motivation, commitment, productivity and satisfaction. The course gives special attention to how human resource management (HRM) practices can give a firm a Competitive Advantage by using High Performance Work Systems, tending to Stakeholders' needs (customers, employees, stockholders, and the community) and through strategic Globalization. By analyzing HRM practices in terms of these three critical organizational outcomes, students learn how to apply HRM concepts to positively influence the success of the organization.
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MG390 2019-2 NEGOTIATION FOR LEADERS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course immerses cadets in fundamental-level Negotiations and Bargaining theory and application. The course progresses from dual-party, single-issue, distributive scenarios to multi-party/multi-issue/integrative scenarios. Cadets learn and practice systematic ways to devise an effective strategy prior to entering a negotiation and then actually apply bargaining tools and tactics during the Negotiation in order to accomplish their individual and organizational goals. Cadets learn concepts and frameworks that help them analyze and understand human behavior so that they have a perspective from all parties involved in a negotiation. Examinations are behavioral and written. Emphasis is placed on applying the behavioral principles learned to real-world issues and their impacts on functioning as future Army officers.
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MG395 2020-1 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACCOUNTING 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The purpose of MG395 is to provide and integrate the analytical tools learned in this and other courses in a management setting. Specifically, this course will provide the fundamentals of understanding, developing, and analyzing financial statements (income statement, statement of retained earnings, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows), using accounting ratio analysis, analyzing inventory, understanding costing systems and budgeting. By applying the various accounting techniques in a managerial setting, cadets will be better prepared to quantitatively support their managerial decisions. This course is required for cadets pursuing the Management major.
2024 2
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MG410 2020-1 MANAGERIAL FINANCE 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The purpose of MG410 is to provide Management Majors with the basic principles of managerial finance, and then to apply these principles in the context of managerial decision-making. Specifically, this course will cover: the fundamentals of the time value of money; the meaning and measurement of risk and return; valuation techniques for stocks and bonds; and standard techniques for financial analysis, to include capital budgeting, discounted cash flow valuation, and weighted average cost of capital. Cadets will leave this course with a solid understanding of how financial managers at the corporate level balance risk and return, and thus manage everyday financial decision-making. This course is required for all management majors.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1

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MG420 2010-1 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The purpose of MG420 is to provide cadets with the tools to deal with the quantitative aspects of design and analysis of operations management. Emphasis is on identification, analysis, and solution of production problems using applied quantitative techniques using the case study technique. In addition to case studies, simulations reinforce the problem-solving techniques necessary for today's successful managers. Specific methods and techniques taught and applied are operations strategy, product design and selection, supply chain management, total quality management, forecasting, capacity planning, facility location, facility layout, work system design, inventory management, material requirements planning, and scheduling. This course is required for cadets pursuing the Management major.
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MG421 2019-2 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This capstone course for management majors emphasizes the integration of concepts and principles found in all previous management courses as they relate to the strategic management of public, private and military organizations. This course focuses on all aspects of the strategic management process to include: the identification of opportunities and threats in a competitive environment, the development of organizational core competencies and the strategic alternatives available to organizations as they seek to achieve their goals in a highly dynamic operating environment filled with complexity, uncertainty and risk. MG 421 uses the case study method that requires comprehensive, in-depth analysis of realistic management situations.
2024 2
2025 2
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2026 8
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MG462 2021-2 ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course examines how leaders can create or transform organizations or products in the face of rapidly changing environments and markets. The course will provide cadets a foundation of knowledge, skills, and processes fundamental to successful entrepreneurship.
2024 2
2025 2
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PL100 2016-1 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY FOR LEADERS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Psychology as a discipline is both a natural and social science that involves the study of the brain, mind, and behavior. General Psychology for Leaders is a course that involves a multidisciplinary study of the human dimension, behavioral sciences, and leadership development. The course examines the cognitive, physical, and social components of the human dimension using the scientific method to promote reflection, development, ethical reasoning, and critical and creative thinking. The learning outcome is that each cadet will be more ethical and effective leader because of a scientific understanding of human behavior. Emphasis is placed on applying the behavioral principals learned to the cadets' current lives and their functioning as future officers. The two course goals are that cadets apply the scientific method to investigate causes or correlates of human behavior, and that they use this scientific understanding of human behavior to explain, predict, and change behavior to become an effective leader of character.
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PL150 2016-1 ADV GEN PSYCHOLOGY FOR LEADERS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Psychology as a discipline is both a natural and social science that involves the study of the brain, mind, and behavior. Advanced General Psychology for Leaders is a course that involves an advanced multidisciplinary study of the human dimension, behavioral sciences, and leadership development. The course examines the cognitive, physical, and social components of the human dimension using the scientific method to promote reflection, development, ethical reasoning, and critical and creative thinking. The learning outcome is that each cadet will be a more ethical and effective leader because of a scientific understanding of human behavior. With even more leader development application than PL100, emphasis is placed on applying the behavioral principles learned to the cadets' current lives and their functioning as future officers. The two course goals are that cadets apply the scientific method to investigate causes or correlates of human behavior, and that they use this scientific understanding of human behavior to explain, predict, and change behavior to become an effective leader of character. This course goes beyond PL100 (General Psychology for Leaders) in that students are asked to apply material at a higher level via reading and incorporating significant peer-reviewed research to address real-world Army issues. Students must also communicate their understanding of psychology and how it informs their roles as leaders of character via formal and informal presentations.
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PL250 2017-1 NEUROCOG FNDTNS OF BEHAVIOR 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This is a course in Cognitive Neuroscience that examines the relationship between brain and cognition through the use of methods from various research fields such as psychology and neuroscience. This course is intended to give the student a strong basic knowledge of the field of cognitive neuroscience. In the course, we will present the key methods in the field and discuss their contribution to understanding the neural basis of cognition. An overview of the latest theories and findings in various topics associated with cognition, including perception, attention, memory, language, and executive functions, will be covered. The goal is to understand how complex mental processes such as attention, memory, language, emotion, and high-level thought are enabledby the functioning of the brain.
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PL289 2021-2 IND STUDY BEH SCI & LDRSHP 1CR 1.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an individually supervised research and study program. The scope of the course is tailored to the needs of the project and interests of the cadet in consultation with a faculty member. Activities vary by project, but the primary purpose is for the cadet to engage in independent study and produce a work of scholarship. With the approval of one of the Program Directors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the cadet chooses a project of interest and is supervised by a faculty member. Cadets are expected to perform an average of 2 hours of work per week towards completion of the project, for a total of 40 hours of work.
2024 2
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PL289A 2021-2 IND STUDY BSL - A (1CR) 1.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an individually supervised research and study program. The scope of the course is tailored to the needs of the project and interests of the cadet in consultation with a faculty member. Activities vary by project, but the primary purpose is for the cadet to engage in independent study and produce a work of scholarship. With the approval of one of the Program Directors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the cadet chooses a project of interest and is supervised by a faculty member. Cadets are expected to perform an average of 2 hours of work per week towards completion of the project, for a total of 40 hours of work.
2024 2

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PL289B 2021-2 IND STUDY BSL - B (1CR) 1.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an individually supervised research and study program. The scope of the course is tailored to the needs of the project and interests of the cadet in consultation with a faculty member. Activities vary by project, but the primary purpose is for the cadet to engage in independent study and produce a work of scholarship. With the approval of one of the Program Directors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the cadet chooses a project of interest and is supervised by a faculty member. Cadets are expected to perform an average of 2 hours of work per week towards completion of the project, for a total of 40 hours of work.

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PL300 2022-2 MILITARY LEADERSHIP 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE PL300 (Military Leadership) is a multidisciplinary study of leadership in organizations. Cadets gain a pragmatic understanding of the behavioral, organizational, and sociological sciences, and apply that knowledge to become better leaders, develop better leaders, and make their organizations more effective. The course surveys a carefully selected set of the most relevant and useful ideas, concepts, theories and knowledge from these sciences. A representative list of topics explored includes: leader and leadership development, character and its development, perceptions and biases, decision making, motivation, power and influence, multiple leadership theories, counseling, negotiations, team dynamics, cohesion and group development, conflict management, organizational justice, organizational culture, organizational change, socialization, and leadership in extremis. In addition to applying knowledge of these topics, cadets develop a leadership portfolio which helps refine and inform their personal approach to leading. The portfolio includes a 'Journey Line' reflection paper, an individual developmental plan, and a theoretically sound leadership philosophy. PL300 is designed to maximize direct application for cadets in their roles as leaders in the Corps of Cadets and as future Army officers.
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PL350 2021-1 ADVANCED MILITARY LEADERSHIP 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE PL350 (Advanced Military Leadership) is a multidisciplinary study of leadership in organizations. Cadets gain a pragmatic understanding of the behavioral, organizational, and sociological sciences, and apply that knowledge to become better leaders, develop better leaders, and make their organizations more effective. The course surveys a carefully selected set of the most relevant and useful ideas, concepts, theories and knowledge from these sciences. A representative list of topics explored includes: leader and leadership development, character and its development, perceptions and biases, decision making, motivation, power and influence, multiple leadership theories, counseling, negotiations, team dynamics, cohesion and group development, conflict management, organizational justice, organizational culture, organizational change, socialization, and leadership in extremis. In addition to applying knowledge of these topics, cadets develop a leadership portfolio which helps refine and inform their personal approach to leading. The portfolio includes a 'Journey Line' reflection paper, an individual developmental plan, and a theoretically sound leadership philosophy. PL350 is designed to maximize direct application for cadets in their roles as leaders in the Corps of Cadets and as future Army officers.
2024 2
2025 1
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2027 1
2027 2

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PL360 2021-1 PSYCH ELITE PERFORMANCE 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course focuses on the psychological theories and applied techniques that enhance elite performance. In every performance endeavor, human beings have consistently exceeded our wildest expectations. While this has been significantly affected by the technological advances physical training, an equally, if not more significant part of these advances has been the systematic approach to psychological skills training. This approach makes performance enhancement a reality to all who are seeking to perform to their full potential, regardless of the arena in which they perform. This course reviews the current theories that underlie performance enhancement training techniques and relates them to all areas of elite level performance (academic, physical, athletic, and specific areas of military training.) Topics include the development and maintenance of self-confidence, goal setting, attention and concentration, energy management, cognitive and somatic coping strategies, visualization, leadership, and team cohesion. Students will not only understand the theoretical bases underlying these topics, but apply them, through a series of individual projects, a semester-long group research project, and weekly individual instruction, to personal areas of importance.
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PL361 2020-1 RESEARCH METHODS I 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides cadets with detailed practical knowledge and skills in the scientific analysis of human behavior. The course content begins with a review of the terms and philosophy of the scientific method as well as basic research concepts. Several research designs, primarily non-experimental methods, provide cadets with a better understanding of research techniques and how they affect the results of a study. Basic methods of data analysis, to include descriptive and inferential statistics, will be covered. Groups of cadets will conduct research projects on a topic of their choice using naturalistic observation.
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PL363 2020-1 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Qualitative Research Methods facilitates discussion, awareness, and understanding of social research methodology. In this course we seek to understand the basics of social research with a specific focus on qualitative social research methods. This objective is met via discussions and applications and demonstrating the capacity to social problem solve through viable social research?specifically the development, design, and application of four modest analysis papers and culminating in a written methods intensive research proposal and oral presentation. Methods covered include ethnography, interviewing, content analysis, (un)obtrusive measures, visual analysis, and ethics.
2025 1
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PL371 2004-1 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Sociology is the scientific study of society and the interactions among humans. The goal of Introductory Sociology is to provide a survey of the field of sociology and educate and inspire cadets to examine contemporary situations that involve social interaction and use sociological concepts, theories, and research to explain what is taking place, identify social threads and patterns across the situations, and determine the personal as well as the social significance of their analysis. Sociology demands that the student transcend the taken-for-granted, subjective world view and develop a sociological imagination by revealing the linkages and relationships among social facts and connect public issues to self awareness. PL371 is a survey course with the identification of common threads across social situations, and determining the self and social significance of facts. The teaching and learning strategy involves reading, writing, discussions, presentations, and other active-learning, hands and heads-on projects.
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PL372 2019-2 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course focuses on contemporary American families, with special emphasis on military families. It approaches the study of marriages and families from a scientific perspective, based on scholarship and research. Cadets will learn about the actual state of marriages and families in the United States, and particularly within the military population. This course uses the sociological perspective to analyze issues, as well as several other academic disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology, biology, physiology, and economics to provide additional information. Cadets will examine past and present forces that contribute to changes in the nature of marriage and families in the United States. They will explore the nature of relationships between the family and other major social institutions. They will also evaluate contemporary issues, policies, and research related to marriages and families in order to determine the social significance of these situations.
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PL373 2020-1 LIFE CYCLE & HUMAN DEVEL 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course focuses on individual development and the forces that influence our development from birth to old age. Cadets will study the various facts, theories, issues, and topics that constitute the field of human development. Cadets will explore human development from various theoretical perspectives. In addition, cadets will discuss such topics as cognitive and moral development, how our self-concept and sense of identity form, and the influence of family and the world around us on development. Special attention will be given to the developmental impact of college.
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PL376 2019-1 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides cadets within an introduction to abnormal psychology. As part of this course, we will examine various psychological disorders, focusing on an understanding of the explanation of the development and maintenance of these disorders, along with approaches to treatment. We will discuss the understanding of psychological disorders from various theoretical perspectives to include genetic, biological, cognitive, behavioral, sociocultural, and psychoanalytic influences.
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PL377 2020-1 SOCIAL INEQUALITY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Cadets are introduced to several theoretical perspectives intended to explain the structure of social stratification in the United States. The course examines the state of social inequality in the United States, with a focus on social class, integration, mobility, and equality of opportunity. Cadets explore individual and structural perspectives of social inequality. Cadets evaluate social issues, policies, and programs intended to influence social inequality. Throughout the course, cadets discuss the relevance of class, race, ethnicity, and gender on social opportunity and inequality.
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PL379 2010-1 GROUP DYNAMICS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is designed to improve cadets' understanding of human behavior in small group/team settings. Course content includes structural characteristics of teams such as size, status, roles and norms in addition to the effects of task and environment. Cadets then use their understanding of these constructs to analyze team phenomena such as cohesion, performance, decision making, problem solving and conflict resolution. We also devote a number of lessons to current issues such as electronic and virtual groups, high performance work teams and shared leadership in a team environment. The course is particularly relevant to professional development in that cadets gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of small group and team interaction. This allows them to develop and implement creative leader actions that will maximize unit/team effectiveness.

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PL383 2019-1 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course surveys the field of contemporary social psychology. Cadets examine the impact of social structure and group membership on social behavior, while focusing on intrapsychic processes such as attribution, cognition, and learning that underlie social behavior. The course is intended to enable cadets to more effectively analyze and explain human behavior in a given situation. Specific topics include the self, attitudes and attitude change, sex and gender, conformity, obedience, compliance, deviance, helping behavior, aggression, attraction and romance, groups and intergroup relations, and collective behavior. The classroom experience is heavily discussion-oriented in order to maximize the application of social psychological concepts, theories, and perspectives to daily life.
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PL384 2019-2 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Sociological theory is a set of interrelated ideas that allow for the systemization of knowledge of the social world, the explanation of that world, and predictions about the future of the world. In some ways, all of us are amateur theorists, interpreting the meanings of the events and encounters that shape the world and ourselves. In PL384 cadets will learn in-depth how theories can help make sense of our times and to choose courses of action to realize our collective and individual dreams. In this course, theory is brought down-to-earth, to show how a sociological imagination (in other words, a theoretical consciousness that embraces self-awareness) is valuable to self and society. Questions like "Are families disintegrating?" "Why are some people discriminated against?" "What accounts for the crime rate?" "Are religion and economics compatible?" "Why is the sexual division of labor so persistent?" "Are wars inevitable?" can be addressed. Theories are thus tentative answers to the questions that preoccupy us as members of families, professions, communities, nations and, increasingly, as global citizens.
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PL386 2020-1 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides cadets with detailed practical knowledge and skills in the experimental analysis of behavior and human performance. Particular emphasis is placed on design of laboratory and field experiments, laboratory automation and instrumented data acquisition, computer data analysis, and on the distinction between laboratory research, field test and evaluation. The course includes practical exercises in several content areas of experimental and engineering psychology. These topics are evaluated by laboratory reports.
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PL387 2004-1 FOUNDATIONS OF COUNSELING 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course introduces cadets to the fundamentals of counseling. It focuses on the practical applications of counseling theories, principles, and techniques. Using the vehicles of videotaping and audiotaping, the course emphasizes personal, performance, career, and disciplinary counseling to help prepare cadets for leadership roles both as a cadet and an officer. The course covers the counseling process and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships within that process. Counseling skills include: basic and advanced communication skills, goal setting, intervention strategies, assertiveness, crisis intervention, and multiculturalism. Examinations are behavioral and written.
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PL389 2021-2 IND STUDY BEH SCI & LDRSHP 2CR 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an individually supervised research and study program. The scope of the course is tailored to the needs of the project and interests of the cadet in consultation with a faculty member. Activities vary by project, but the primary purpose is for the cadet to engage in independent study and produce a work of scholarship. With the approval of one of the Program Directors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the cadet chooses a project of interest and is supervised by a faculty member. Cadets are expected to perform an average of 4 hours of work per week towards completion of the project, for a total of 80 hours of work.
2024 2
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PL389A 2021-2 IND STUDY BSL A (2CR) 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an individually supervised research and study program. The scope of the course is tailored to the needs of the project and interests of the cadet in consultation with a faculty member. Activities vary by project, but the primary purpose is for the cadet to engage in independent study and produce a work of scholarship. With the approval of one of the Program Directors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the cadet chooses a project of interest and is supervised by a faculty member. Cadets are expected to perform an average of 4 hours of work per week towards completion of the project, for a total of 80 hours of work.

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PL389B 2021-2 IND STUDY BSL B (2CR) 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an individually supervised research and study program. The scope of the course is tailored to the needs of the project and interests of the cadet in consultation with a faculty member. Activities vary by project, but the primary purpose is for the cadet to engage in independent study and produce a work of scholarship. With the approval of one of the Program Directors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the cadet chooses a project of interest and is supervised by a faculty member. Cadets are expected to perform an average of 4 hours of work per week towards completion of the project, for a total of 80 hours of work.

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PL390 2020-1 BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course introduces the cadet to the physiological and anatomical structures and processes that underlie human behavior with emphasis on human performance. The course examines the structure of the nervous and endocrine systems, the mechanisms of seeing and hearing, movement, stress and arousal, learning, memory, biological causes of abnormal behavior, sleep, language, and the effects on performance of damage to neural structures. Cadets are introduced to the scientific examination of real-world bio-psychological problems in laboratory assignments in examining tissue, brains and eyes to provide three-dimensional realism to classroom instruction. This course provides the basis for competence in later engineering psychology electives. Biological Psychology is the "hardware" introduction to engineering psychology.
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PL391 2019-2 SENSATION/PERCEPTN/PSYCPHYS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course covers the acquisition and analysis of information by the human nervous system from examination of the physical properties of light and sound, the functioning of the visual, auditory systems and the kinesthetic processes, and the theoretical background of contemporary perceptual research. The following general topics are covered: psychophysical methods, including measurement, scaling and signal detection theory; physiology of the visual, auditory and kinesthetic systems; recognition of color and brightness, pitch and loudness, patterns, features, and the role of visual channels; visual detection and tracking; the role of kinesthesis in military applications; and research methodology in perception. Laboratory assignments stress the application of data acquisition systems on research and the construction of strictly defined experimental methods in this area of research.
2024 2
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2

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PL392 1984-1 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course addresses the processes of human information gathering, learning and memory using an information processing model. The course deals with cognitive theory and application, including stage models of processing and memory, machine models and artificial intelligence, and research methodology in these areas. Emphasis is placed on practical military applications in such areas as pattern recognition and detection, text processing, visual search and associated problems. Laboratory experiences stress development of experimental paradigms in this area of investigation and the use of test instrumentation, and computer software models to investigate cognitive processing.
2024 2
2025 2
2026 2
2027 1
2027 2
2027 8

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PL393 2004-1 CRIMINOLOGY-CRIM JUST SYSTM 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Criminology is the scientific study of the making of laws, the breaking of laws, and the reaction to the breaking of laws. When a crime appears to have been committed and authorities have been notified, the criminal justice system is set in motion. The criminal justice system is the societal response to crime and includes three major activities ? law enforcement, the judicial process, and corrections. The course provides an overview of (a) the theories offered to explain crime and delinquent behavior (b) the criminal justice system which responds to those behaviors, and (c) the relationships between the varied explanations of criminal behavior and society?s criminal justice responses to those behaviors. The focus of the course is primarily on the United States, but there is some attention devoted to an international view of crime and criminal justice.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1

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PL394 2013-2 ANTHROPOMETRICS & BIOMECHANICS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=3.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Virtually every activity in which humans engage involves interacting with our environment. Much of that interaction requires physical movement. Creating a safe workplace requires an understanding of the forces we apply to objects in our environment and how those forces can be measured and modified by better design. Anthropometrics is the study of human measurement. Biometrics is the study of forces on our muscular and skeletal system. The goal of this course is to teach cadets the fundamentals of anthropometrics and biomechanics so that they will be able to modify work environments of injury. The course will emphasize work performed in military settings.
2024 2
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2

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PL398 2021-2 LEADERSHIP THEORY & DEVEL 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course focuses on the "cutting edge" concepts and theories of leadership and leader development that are designed to help cadets better understand the leadership process to enhance leadership effectiveness and organizational performance across multiple levels of analysis. The course addresses leadership from not only the focal leader perspective, but also from the organizational, strategic and combat leadership viewpoints. The course will examine the historical evolution of leadership theory, and emphasizes scientific research and the empirical supports for existing leadership theories, and current thinking on the effective development of leaders. Additionally, cadets will study some of the emerging leadership perspectives that have been proposed to be relevant for effective leadership in the volatile, ambiguous, uncertain and chaotic world of the 21st century.
2024 2
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2

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PL399 2006-4 BEH SCI & LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership's Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program is designed to give cadets practical experience in their field of study and to reflect on their experiences by completing specified academic requirements. Recent AIADs have involved internships with the American Psychological Association; studies of psychological support to NATO operations in France and stress in military operations in Norway; as well as other topics in CONUS, China, Germany, and Australia. Scope, depth and material covered will meet the requirement of a 3-credit hour course in the department. Grades are determined based on preparatory briefings and essays, a journal of daily activities or Weblog with instructors, the quality of the work performed during the internship, student evaluation of the experience and a final paper, briefing, or exam that incorporates their experience with a topic from their field of study, due upon return.

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PL399A 2007-4 BEH SCI & LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership's Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program is designed to give cadets practical experience in their field of study and to reflect on their experiences by completing specified academic requirements. Recent AIADs have involved internships with the American Psychological Association; studies of psychological support to NATO operations in France and stress in military operations in Norway; as well as other topics at West Point, elsewhere in the continental United States, or overseas. Scope, depth and material covered will meet the requirement of a two-credit hour course in the department. Grades are determined based on preparatory briefings and essays, a journal of daily activities or Weblog with instructors, the quality of the work performed during the internship, student evaluation of the experience and a final paper, briefing, or exam that incorporates their experience with a topic from their field of study, due upon return.

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PL399B 2018-7 BEH SCI & LEADERSHIP PRACTICUM 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Scope, depth and material covered will meet the requirement of a 2-credit hour course in the department. Grades are determined based on preparatory briefings and essays, a journal of daily activities or Weblog with instructors, the quality of the work performed during the internship, student evaluation of the experience and a final paper, briefing, or exam that incorporates their experience with a topic from their field of study, due at the end of the term.

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PL462 2019-1 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides cadets an opportunity for reading and analysis in depth of a topic area of interest and relevance to the study of psychology and its applications. In this course we continue the themes of PL361 (Research Methods I) and introduces cadets to more varied experimental and non-experimental designs and more complex statistical analyses. Groups of cadets will conduct a research project using an experimental method in an area of their choice. Cadets who complete this course will be competent consumers of behavioral sciences research and will be equipped to use the scientific method to investigate and solve many of the problems they will face as military leaders.
2024 2
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2

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PL470 2019-2 TOPICS-BEHAVIOR SCI/LDRSHIP 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course explores an advanced topic in Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Specific subject matter will vary with the expertise of the senior faculty member conducting the course.
2024 2
2024 8
2024 9
2025 2
2025 8
2025 9
2026 2
2026 8
2026 9
2027 1
2027 2
2027 8
2027 9

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PL470A 2024-1 TOPICS-BEHAVIOR SCI/LDRSHIP 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course explores an advanced topic in Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Specific subject matter will vary with the expertise of the senior faculty member conducting the course.
2024 5
2024 8
2025 8
2025 9

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PL471 2019-2 LEADERSHIP IN COMBAT 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE PL 471 examines leadership in combat at the tactical level from an interdisciplinary perspective. It first seeks to provide a theoretical foundation for understanding human dimensions of combat, and then explores some of the factors that influence the leadership of soldiers in combat through a collection of readings, film, and first-hand discussions with combat veterans. Cadets examine four case studies and conduct a comparative analysis of two combat leaders.
2024 2
2025 2
2025 8
2026 2
2026 8
2027 2

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PL472 2010-2 CROSS-CULTURAL ORG'L BEHAVIOR 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=3.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course examines the individual, group and organizational level influences on human behavior in the international arena. Cadets will gain an understanding of these influences and use the insights gained to formulate leader actions to effectively motivate and manage in a global environment. The course emphasizes the practical application of management theories and research findings in the international situations that cadets encounter in their personal lives and in the field Army with an increasing emphasis on the global environment. Course content includes foundations of individual behavior, diversity, motivation, decision making, rewards, feedback and power and influence in an international setting. We will also examine organizational influences on ethical behavior in the global arena with an emphasis on creating ethical climates in the organizations we belong to.

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PL475 2013-1 HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=1.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Computer use in the world today is at an all-time high. Consequently, the need for user-friendly computers is crucial. Somewhat ironically, human capacity for memory has often been explained using the computer metaphor, while the computer designer often attempts to instill human-like qualities into their computer designs. This course focuses on the interface between the human and computer. Initial focus is placed on understanding the theoretical foundations of human processes. The course then examines how these processes interact with computer usage. Students will learn design principles that enhance compatibility with computer systems.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1

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PL476 1979-2 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE In this course, cadets will develop their instructional skills and formulate a conceptual basis for their instructional practices as army officers. The course is oriented toward the study of psychological theories of learning and application of these theories to the design, delivery, and evaluation of adult education and training. The course is subdivided into major areas of study. Learning theory focuses on the study of the learning process with balanced treatment given to behavioristic and cognitive perspectives. Instructional design emphasizes a systems approach to planning and decision making in learning situations.

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PL479 2022-1 LEADING CHANGING ORGANIZATIONS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=3.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The environments in which organizations operate are characterized by unprecedented change fueled by rapidly emerging technologies, information overload, changing values, lifestyles and attitudes, and social and civil problems of great magnitude. Effective leaders either must be proactive toward change or be its captive. The purpose of this course is to examine change from an organizational perspective through a complex and diverse mix of theories, concepts, and information. Course concepts are drawn from the disciplines of behavioral science, business, management, and military doctrine. Cadets have the opportunity to analyze the successes, the failures, and the multiple dilemmas of modern organizations in both the private and public sectors in order to better understand the causes, implications, and potential leader actions and strategies associated with organizational change.
2024 2
2024 9
2025 1
2025 2
2025 8
2025 9
2026 1
2026 2
2026 8
2027 1
2027 2

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PL482 2019-2 ARMED FORCES AND SOCIETY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The intersection of armed forces and society involves the examination of two domains: the intersection of any armed force and the larger societal context and the focused study of the military as a unique social institution with a set of demands placed on the people making up the institution. Our principal focus is sociological as we use sociological theories, concepts, and research to study the military and society and culture both in the United States and abroad. PL482 is a capstone course that requires cadets to apply their sociological knowledge at the intersection of the armed forces and society . The course expects cadets to read, write, and discuss military and society issues in-depth and practically apply their knowledge to solve real world problems. Cadets integrate the knowledge gleaned from the course into a coherent and focused research project addressing some aspect of the human dimension of the armed forces and society.
2024 2
2025 2
2025 8
2026 2
2026 8
2027 2

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PL485 2020-1 HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING 3.0
(BS=0.5, ET=1.5, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course surveys the theories and methods of human factors engineering (ergonomics). Human factors engineering is concerned with the application of technology and the design of equipment for human use. This course emphasizes the cognitive dimension of human factors engineering. The focus is on understanding the capabilities and limitations of humans as they interact with equipment and facilities. This course lays the foundations for the systematic application of information about humans to the design of equipment and workspace environments.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1

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PL488B 2019-2 COLLOQUIUM-BSL-PSYCHOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The colloquium focuses on advanced study of behavioral science topics and issues using small group discussions of important books and articles of both traditional and contemporary topics in psychology, sociology, organizational leadership, and engineering psychology. It is a reading and discussion course. Subcourse topics are not fixed and are subject to annual revision.
2024 2
2025 1
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2

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PL488C 1984-1 COLLOQUIUM-BSL-LEADERSHIP 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The colloquium focuses on advanced study of behavioral science topics and issues using small group discussions of important books and articles of both traditional and contemporary topics in psychology, sociology, organizational leadership, and engineering psychology. It is a reading and discussion course. Subcourse topics are not fixed and are subject to annual revision.

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PL488D 2020-1 COLLOQUIUM-BSL-SOCIOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The colloquium focuses on advanced study of behavioral science topics and issues using small group discussions of important books and articles of both traditional and contemporary topics in psychology, sociology, organizational leadership, and engineering psychology. It is a reading and discussion course. Subcourse topics are not fixed and are subject to annual revision.
2024 2
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2

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PL488E 2019-2 COLLOQUIUM-BSL-ENGIN PSYCH 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The colloquium focuses on advanced study of behavioral science topics and issues using small group discussions of important books and articles of both traditional and contemporary topics in psychology, sociology, organizational leadership, and engineering psychology. It is a reading and discussion course. Subcourse topics are not fixed and are subject to annual revision.
2024 2
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2

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PL489 2021-2 IND STUDY BEH SCI & LDRSHP 3CR 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an individually supervised research and study program. The scope of the course is tailored to the needs of the project and interests of the cadet in consultation with a faculty member. Activities vary by project, but the primary purpose is for the cadet to engage in independent study and produce a work of scholarship. With the approval of one of the Program Directors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the cadet chooses a project of interest and is supervised by a faculty member. Cadets are expected to perform an average of 6 hours of work per week towards completion of the project, for a total of 120 hours of work.
2024 2
2024 8
2024 9
2025 1
2025 2
2026 1
2026 2
2027 1
2027 2
2027 8

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PL489A 2021-2 IND STUDY BSL A (3CR) 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an individually supervised research and study program. The scope of the course is tailored to the needs of the project and interests of the cadet in consultation with a faculty member. Activities vary by project, but the primary purpose is for the cadet to engage in independent study and produce a work of scholarship. With the approval of one of the Program Directors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the cadet chooses a project of interest and is supervised by a faculty member. Cadets are expected to perform an average of 6 hours of work per week towards completion of the project, for a total of 120 hours of work.
2024 2
2027 2

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PL489B 2021-2 IND STUDY BSL B (3CR) 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an individually supervised research and study program. The scope of the course is tailored to the needs of the project and interests of the cadet in consultation with a faculty member. Activities vary by project, but the primary purpose is for the cadet to engage in independent study and produce a work of scholarship. With the approval of one of the Program Directors in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the cadet chooses a project of interest and is supervised by a faculty member. Cadets are expected to perform an average of 6 hours of work per week towards completion of the project, for a total of 120 hours of work.

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PL490 2019-2 ENGINEERING PSYCHOLOGY 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course integrates the material previously covered in the Human Factors curriculum, especially PL485, Human Factors Engineering. It uses the theoretical bases and practical applications of Human Factors Engineering in the treatment of design problems. Emphasis in this course is on the design of systems to fit human capabilities. Course project is a design project of a contemporary applied problem.
2024 2
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2

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PL497 2021-1 THESIS I IN THE DEPT. OF BSL 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The course provides cadets with an opportunity to enhance their skills in one or a combination of the disciplines hosted in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, each cadet defines a topic, conducts a review of the literature, and develops a research plan. Regular meetings with faculty advisors are scheduled to discuss issues in methodology, review progress in the review of the literature, and critique draft papers. At the end of the semester, cadets present a fully developed research proposal for their thesis.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1

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PL498 2021-1 THESIS II IN THE DEPT. OF BSL 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course continues the work on the thesis completed in PL497. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, each cadet executes the proposed thesis plan, submits a written thesis, and presents their project during Projects Day and/or at a professional conference. Regular meetings with faculty advisors are scheduled to discuss issues in methodology, complete data analyses, and critique draft papers.
2024 2
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2

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PL499 2005-2 LEADERS IN ACTION 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is designed to enhance cadets' leadership performance through the application of essential leadership skills in challenging, on-going, real-world projects, and scenario-driven leadership laboratory exercises. The course uses a series of "concept study > actions > reflections" (CAR) cycles to focus students on the enhancing (and hindering) factors that typically surface when an individual has responsibility for executing a project and must "do" leadership. Cadets move through a CAR cycle in three related stages. First, cadets consider specific concepts, theories and models of leadership covered in prior courses. Then, using a pool of projects resourced by the faculty expressly for this course, cadets wrestle with real-world leadership projects (such as leading an organizational unit through an unexpected change), keeping these issues and insights in mind. Finally, both during and after the project, cadets engage in self-reflection exercises (e.g., journals) and meet with faculty mentors, to help process and make sense of their leadership experience on both a personal and conceptual level.

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