• MS-933AFJROTC Course Syllabus

    COURSE NAME:Aerospace Science III (AS III)

    CREDIT HOURS:1 Elective Credit Hour

    INSTRUCTOR’SNAME: MSgt Art Thompson; TSgt Stanley Carroll



    Course Description

    The course, which examines our Earth, the Moon and the planets, the latest advances in space technology, and continuing challenges of space and manned space flight.  Issues critical to travel in the upper atmosphere such as; orbits and trajectories, unmanned satellites, space probes, guidance and control systems are discussed.  The manned space flight section covers major milestones in the endeavor to land on the Moon, and to safely orbit humans and crafts in space for temporary and prolonged periods.  It also covers the development of space stations, the Space Shuttle and its future, and international laws for the use of and travel in space. The leadership course will be helpful to students deciding which path to take after high school. Information on how to apply for admission to college or to a vocational or technical school is included. Information on how to begin the job search is available to students who decide not to go to college or vocational school.. Available also is information about financial planning and how to save, invest, and spend money wisely, as well as how not to get caught in the credit trap. Students are informed about real life issues such as understanding contracts, leases, wills, warranties, legal notices, and personal bills. Citizen responsibilities such as registering to vote, jury duty, and draft registration will be helpful too. The wellness program focuses on nutrition, exercise and physical activities. Additionally, wear of the uniform, Air Force customs and courtesies, and basic skills are introduced.

    Course Objectives:

    1. Comprehend the “big picture” of space exploration to include history of space flight, organizations doing work in space, and the overall space environment.
    2. Know and use key concepts for getting from the surface of the Earth into Earth orbit, to other planets and back again.
    3. Know how spacecraft and launch vehicles, and their associated parts, are designed and built to support the needs of the United States.
    4. Know techniques used to manage the development and operations of space systems within government and industry.

    Course Materials:

    1. Textbook:  Aerospace Science III:  The Exploration of Space (Second Edition)
    2. Selected Video Tapes/DVDs
    3. Guest Speakers
    4. MS-933 Cadet Guide


    1. Cadets will read assigned chapters.
    2. Cadets will participate in demonstration/participation quiz games.
    3. Cadets will prepare for unannounced quizzes and announced chapter tests.
    4. Cadets will give one graded 5-7 minute speech.
    5. Cadets will adhere to uniform wear requirements by wearing the Air Force issued uniform on Wednesdays/Thursdays. 


    a.    Scheduled Exams/Quizzes

    b.    Make up exams

    c.     Assignments

    d.    Class Participation

    e.     Special Projects

    Course Evaluation                                                Grading Scale

    Exams                 30%                                              A       90-100

    Wellness              30%                                              B         80-89

    Inspections          20%                                              C         70-79

    Leadership/Drill    20%                                              D         65-69

                                                                                     F           0-64


    See additional policy letters, Student/Parent Handbook, and Cadet Guide for additional information on grading policy, rules and regulations concerning academics at Madison Central High School.                                                      


    Course Description:

    The Leadership Education III Life Skills course will be helpful to cadets deciding which path to take after high school.  Information on how to apply for admission to college or to a vocational or technical school is included.  Information on how to begin the job search is available to cadets who decide not to go to college or vocational school.  Available also is information about financial planning and how to save, invest, and spend money wisely, as well as how not to get caught in the credit trap.  Cadets are informed about real life issues such as understanding contracts, leases, wills, warranties, legal notices, and personal bills.  Citizen responsibilities such as registering to vote, jury duty, and selective service registration will be covered also.  For those cadets who may be moving into an apartment of their own, information is presented on apartment shopping and grocery shopping skills.   If there are cadets who are interested in a career in the military, with the federal government, or an aerospace career, information is also provided for them.

    Course Objectives:
        1.   Comprehend the importance of obtaining a degree or skill after high school.
    1. Know that a proper job search is needed to obtain employment.
    2. Comprehend the importance of financial planning.
    3. Comprehend the career opportunities available through the federal government, NASA, FAA, and the military.

      Course Materials:

    1.     Textbook:  Leadership Education III:  Life Skills and Career Opportunities (2006)

    2.  Excerpts from AFMAN 36-2203 – Personnel Drill and Ceremonies

    3.  Instructor selected videos

    5.  Guest Speakers

    6.  MS-933 Cadet Handbook  


    1. Cadets will read assigned chapters, accomplish selected chapters in Student Workbook which correspond to textbook chapters, and participate in demonstration/participation quiz games.
    2. Cadets will prepare speeches and written reports corresponding to textbook chapters and related subjects.
    3. Cadets will prepare for Drill Evaluation and Physical Training Evaluation.
    4. Cadets will prepare for unannounced quizzes and announced chapter tests.
    5. Cadets will adhere to uniform wear requirements by wearing the Air Force issued uniform on Wednesdays. 


     Wellness Program (General Expectations)

    Course Description:

    Wellness is an official and integral part of the Air Force Junior ROTC program. It consists of two exercise programs focused upon individual base line improvements with the goal of achieving a national standard as calculated by age and gender. The Wellness curriculum is instrumental in developing citizens of character dedicated to serving our nation and communities. The program is provided as a tool to help the cadets develop an individualized training program. Cadets will be given the opportunity to put into practice the wellness concepts that are taught in Leadership Education 100. Instructors are free to include other activities cadets enjoy such as team sports in order to keep the Wellness Program fun and motivating. The Wellness Program also provides a list of 19 exercises with examples that may be utilized in a 36- week program modifiable to meet individual and district/state goals. Instructors should utilize fitness programs that best fit the requirements within their district/country/state goals. Cadet fitness improvement should be rewarded either by earning the Wellness Ribbon, Presidential Fitness Challenge certificate, or both.

     The course objective for the Wellness Program is to:

    Motivate AFJROTC cadets to lead active, healthy lifestyles, beyond the program requirements and into their adult lives.

     The goals of the Wellness Program are to:

    1.     Create an individualized training program based on national standards by age and gender.

    2.     Identify areas of improvement for each cadet and provide guidance for improvement.

    3.     Incorporate a physical training program to reach fitness goals.

     Dress for Success

    All cadets are required to dress out for Wellness, no exceptions. There is no cost for AFJROTC issued Wellness apparel. All cadets must wear AFJROTC Wellness apparel any other wellness attire is not permitted unless prior arrangements are made with an AFJROTC Instructor. AFJROTC Wellness uniforms will be issued through the AFJROTC Logistics Department. 

    The Wellness uniform will be worn during wellness only, no exceptions. Proper under garments will be worn under the Wellness Uniform. Ripped, torn, or written on wellness clothing will result in the student purchasing new attire (if local purchase item).

    Appropriate athletic tennis shoes that tie are required (running shoes are recommended). Fashion tennis shoes are not allowed to be worn with the wellness uniform; sandals or going barefoot will not be allowed. 

     Dressing Out/Refusal to Dress Out for Wellness

    The wellness uniform is the cadet’s responsibility to maintain. Cadets who refuse to dress out are defiant and in violation of the Wellness Education Policy.  All cadets that do not dress-out for wellness, excused or unexcused must report to an instructor.  Cadets who do not dress out will receive a “0” (F) for Wellness that day.

     Tardy/Late for Wellness Formation

    Cadets have (5) minutes to dress out for Wellness at the beginning of the period. They are expected to report to their formation/the roll call area and assemble as soon as possible.  If the (5) minutes period has expired and cadets are NOT in formation/the roll call area, this will result in a tardy.   If cadets are not in assembled area they will be marked tardy.  Tardies will dramatically affect their Wellness grade for the day.

    Excused Medical
    Parents may excuse/modify a cadet’s participation for up to three times by sending a written note to class with the cadet. Instructors may accept up to three (3) separate notes from parents each semester.  For an instructor to accept the note, it should include the cadets’ name, date, specific reason for excuse/ modified activity, the parents’ signature and the phone number where the parent can be contacted if necessary. After three (3) excuses, a doctor’s note will be required. If a student is injured or becomes ill during class time, it is essential that the student notify an instructor immediately!  

    A doctor’s note must include the dates in which the cadet is excused from participation in class and a date of return to activity and any modifications to activity.  Cadets will dress out and the activity will be adjusted accordingly if possible. 

    All medical notes must be given to the instructor for clearance.  At that time, instructors might request doctor notification to clarify an injury or recommendation that is not clear.  The nature of the physical limitations from the doctor MUST be clearly stated on the note.  What is the exact injury, what the time off is, and what they can or cannot do physically. 

    NOTE: If there is a "NO Wellness" note for more than two weeks, the instructors may make contact with the medical authority that generated the excuse and get clarification and see more specific information so that an action plan can be developed that meets the needs of the cadet. 

    ALL MEDICAL excuses are on a case by case basis. Each instructor is given the professional discretion of appropriate make-up, expectations, and responsibilities required to earn a grade in the instructor’s class on a case by case basis. When a cadet is on a medical excuse it is their responsibility to meet with their instructor and come up with a plan to make-up the missed activities; how long a student is out, their level of proficiency, effort/attitude, and several other factors are part of the determinate of that specific student’s needs and/or make-up requirements. After the initial meeting with the cadet, the instructor will write up the agreement and have it signed by the parent and returned to the instructor.


    Course Description

    First Nine Weeks Period: (23 Class Periods)
    Cadet Guide (1) Test

    Chapter 5 Lesson 1, Selecting a College (2) + Test
    Chapter 4 Lesson 2, Financing for College (2) + Test
    Chapter 1 Lesson 2, Military Career Path (1) + Test
        How effective Listening can improve my Life (2)
            Present Paper to class (1)
    Communication (1) + Test
            Effective Speaking (1) + Test
            Effective Listening (1) + Test
            Time Management (1) + Test

    Drill (30 Commands) (1)
    Wellness (Five basic exercises plus 1 mile run/walk) (1)
    Flex Day    

    Second Nine Weeks Period: (21 Class Periods)
    Chapter 4-3, Insurance for Protecting Your Resources (2) + Test
    Chapter 7-2, Preparing Your Résumé (2) + Test
        Chapter 2-3, Real Life Issues (2) + Test
                   Why is Mutual Respect Important? (2)
    Present Paper to Class (1)

        Building a Positive Attitude (1)
        Integrity and Character (1) + Test
        Building Mutual Respect (1) + Test

    Drill (4)
    Wellness (4)
    Flex Day (1)

    Third Nine Weeks Period: (23 Class Periods)
    Chapter 1-1, Space and Our Lives (2) + Test
        Chapter 4-1, Exploring Space (2) + Test
        Element Paper
    How working together makes me stronger? (2)
    Present Paper to class (1)
    Rocket Project
        Design a Saturn IV Rocket (2)
        Build Rocket (2)
        Fly Rocket (2)
    Movies (2)
    Blue Planet    
    Apollo 13
        Space Shuttle
    Group and Team Dynamics (1)
    Steps for Problem Solving (1)
    Building a Group Consensus (1) + Test
    Drill (3)
    Wellness (1)
    Flex Day (1)

    Fourth Nine Weeks Period: (20 Class Periods)
        Chapter 2-4, Delegation Skills (1) + Test
        Chapter 4-5, People Skills (2) + Test
        Element Paper
            What does leadership mean? (2)
            Present paper to class (1)
        The Leadership Concept (1)
        Leadership Principles (1) + Test (Concept and Principles)
        The Leadership Situation (1)
        Followership (1) + Test (Leadership Situation and Followership)
        Building Teamwork (1) + Test
    Drill (2)
    Wellness (2)