Research in Military Doctrine – MISC 490

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 04/06/2022

Course Description

An introduction to the basic strategy, intelligence cycle, analysis, and history of military operations and campaigns as related to established and new military doctrine.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course will survey from a military history perspective the changes over time of the development of American military doctrine. An analysis from a biblical worldview follows the converging historical developments of both conventional and unconventional experiences in warfare to trace the development of full-spectrum doctrine today in the land domain.  

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze military strategies, leadership, and major operational themes within the context of military campaigns and occupation and postmilitary campaigns and operations
  2. Apply research methodology to the study of military operations.
  3. Evaluate operational warfare and campaigns that have shaped a uniquely Western tradition.
  4. Apply a Christian worldview to military studies.

Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLOs): Communication and information literacy (CIL)

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. (CLO A, C; FSLO 2, 4)

Mid-term Essay Assignment

The student will write a minimum 3-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the foundations of American Military Doctrine. The paper must include at least 3 scholarly references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLO B, C, D; FSLO: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Final Essay Assignment

The student will write a Final Essay in current Turabian format that focuses on American Military Experience. The paper must include at least 5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. The Final Essay must be a minimum of 7 pages in length. (CLO A, B, C, D, and E; FSLO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz/test/exam will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz/test/exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice and true/false, questions, and have a 60 minute time limit. (CLO A, B, and E; FSLO 3,4)