Regional Analysis Course

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Below is the breakdown of the grade percentages and expectations.

Assignment Percentage Expectations
Class Participation 30% Students are expected to be in class on time every day, stay engaged, and participate actively in class discussions. The instructor determines a class participation grade based on the quantity and quality of student participation in class, completion of all assignments in a timely manner, and current events reviews on your countries of responsibility. The instructor may give partial credit for late assignments on a case-by- case basis based on a discussion with the individual.
PMESII-PT EXSUM Paper 30% Students will write an EXSUM paper on the assigned countries to demonstrate their knowledge of the PMESII-PT system of systems analysis (SoSA). Students will decide their thesis topic within the first five days of the course, but will be able to make minor adjustments as their thesis develops. Template and rubric for the EXSUM paper will be available to the students via Blackboard and in class.
Individual Briefing 10% Students are required to conduct an individual briefing (5 to 8 minutes) on the topics covered by their EXSUM paper. A PowerPoint presentation is strongly recommended, and keep in mind that this brief is practice for your final presentation. PowerPoint template and rubric will be available to the students via Blackboard and in class.
Final Team Brief 30% This briefing will be based on a PMESII-PT SoSA and reflect a rigorous analysis of an issue in a country selected by you/your team and approved by the instructor. The briefing is not a country brief; it is to be an analysis of an issue in a PACOM country using PMESII-PT as a tool for analysis. The brief will present the main points of your analysis, using a standardized briefing format that is posted to the course Blackboard site. You must consider the implications of the issue you analyze for US national security. The team briefing final score has three main components:
  1. An instructor-assigned team briefing grade based on content, organization, and analysis
  2. An instructor-assigned grade on individual briefing skills
  3. A peer evaluation (Students will be provided a rubric for this)

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