New courses for officers
May 29, 2000
Reserve officers may be interested in nominating for either the JOMC or
the JOSSC of the RAN College's Leadership and Management Training Continuum.
The courses are useful qualifications prior to undertaking command responsibilities,
and both the JOMC and the JOSSC are now pre-requisites for promotion to
lieutenant-commander for those of lieutenant seniority July 97 and later.
Both courses are conducted by the Advanced Management and Leadership Faculty
(ALMF) at the RAN College, HMAS CRESWELL.
The Junior Officers' Management Course enhances Leadership and Management
skills and develops an understanding of strategic and maritime concepts.
Conducted over two weeks, it begins by introducing students to enhanced
speaking and writing skills, and at the end of the first week moves into
three days of strategic studies, with some units being delivered by University
of Wollongong staff.
The second week of the course sees students examined on some of these aspects,
and presenting, on the final Thursday, a Defence Paper discussing the course
content as applied to the RAN.
Practical problem-solving will provide a break from the classroom as well
as a learning opportunity.
Assessment also includes the three speaking assignments students will deliver
throughout the fortnight.
The course is best suited to lieutenants who have some management experience
and 2-3 year seniority.
The Junior Officers' Strategic Studies Course provides senior lieutenants
and junior lieutenant commanders with a greater appreciation of Australia's
maritime and strategic situation prior to undertaking charge level responsibilities,
while also further developing essential leadership and management skills
and character education topics.
As such, a high amount of contact time, and a high level of background reading
during the course will be required.
The first course begins on 24 July.
Assessment is still being finalised, but will include exam components, and
most likely public speaking assessments.
Two courses each year will have additional (non examined) maritime studies
work on a theme to be selected - which will be different for each period
- and these periods will also have non-RAN students.
These will serve in place of the former maritime courses.
Both courses run for two weeks duration.
Accommodation is provided on board CRESWELL, and the classroom sessions
are conducted in the Advanced Management and Leadership Faculty.
Visiting lecturers for both courses include staff from the University of
Wollongong, and various subject-matter experts from all areas of Defence
including lecturers from the RAN's Sea Power Centre - the centre of strategic
thinking within the RAN.
To nominate, complete a PT115 and forward it to either of the POC's for
the JOMC and the JOSSC - LEUT Jenny Weaver for the former and LEUT Tom Lewis
for the latter - via Fleet mail to ALMF, RANC, HMAS CRESWELL, Jervis Bay.
Telephone inquiries about the courses are welcome to 02 4429 737 for JOMC
and 02 4429 7910 for JOSSC.