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CHAPTER NINE

CURRICULUM, GRADING POLICY & HOMEWORK

 

 

9.1 CURRICULUM:  The AFJROTC curriculum is based on Aerospace Academics (60%) and Leadership/Drill (40%).  Cadets will spend three days in Aerospace Academics and two days in Leadership/Drill classes each week.  You will be exposed to aviation, space activities, national defense, careers, leadership and drill subjects.  The classes may be held indoors or outdoors depending on the subject matter and weather.

 

9.1.1 AEROSPACE SCIENCE I - One Year Course (1 Credit) Open to grades 9 and 10.

 

9.1.1.1 The curriculum is a balance of Aerospace Science (A.S.) and Leadership Education (L.E.).  First year Aerospace is a history course designed to acquaint the student with the historical development of flight and the role of the military in history. Classroom hours are spent reviewing the development of flight from ancient legends through the Persian Gulf War and beyond. Additionally, the role of the military throughout the history of the United States is identified.  The main Aerospace Science objectives are for all cadets to: know the legends of people's attempts to fly in ancient civilizations throughout the world and the first records of scientific study, first flights, and the impact aviation had on the conduct of war during the period 1775-1898; understand the United States' position at war time and how wars brought about the development of new weapons, new methods of warfare, new aircraft, more pilots, and the need for pilot training; understand the U.S. policy of stopping Terrorism in the world and why the close cooperation between military and civil aviation has been and remains important to the development of aerospace technology to satisfy the needs of the past, present, and future; and develop an understanding of the United States peaceful roles, foreign policy, and national objectives.  The hours dedicated to leadership studies relate directly to the academic subject matter, with study habits and time management. Additionally, wear of the uniform, Air Force customs and courtesies, and basic drill skills are introduced.  The Leadership course objectives are for all cadets to: know the importance of AFJROTC history, mission, purpose, goals, and objectives; know military traditions and the importance of maintaining a high standard of dress and personal appearance; know the importance of attitude, discipline, and respect, and why values and ethics are so important; know the importance of individual self-control and that an effective stress management program improves the quality of life; know why courtesies are rendered to the United States flag and the National Anthem; know why it is important to be a good democratic citizen and to be familiar with the different forms of governments; and know the importance of keeping yourself well and helping others stay well..

 

 

9.1.2 AEROSPACE SCIENCE II - One Year Course (1 Credit)  Open to grades 10, 11 and 12.  Prerequisite: Completion of Aerospace Science I with a passing grade.

 

9.1.2.1 The curriculum is a balance of Aerospace Science and Leadership Education. The second year is a science course designed to acquaint the student with the aerospace environment, the human requirements of flight, principles of aircraft flight, and principles of navigation. The course begins with a discussion of the atmosphere and weather. After developing an understanding of the environment, how that environment affects flight is introduced. Discussions include the forces of lift, drag, thrust, and weight. Students also learn basic navigation including map reading, course plotting, and the effects of wind. The portion on the Human Requirements of Flight is a survey course on human physiology. Discussed here are the human circulatory system, the effects of acceleration and deceleration, and protective equipment.  The Aerospace Science course objectives are for all cadets to: understand the atmosphere, the elements of the weather, how living creatures can sustain life on Earth, the means and instruments used to measure atmospheric conditions, and how weather affects aviation; know the basic principles of the physiology of flight and how man has progressed in flight from the atmosphere to space because of the aerospace medicine and human engineering; understand the theory of flight and the operating principles of reciprocating engines, jet engines, and rocket engines; and know the basic elements of navigation, the basic navigation instruments, and the current methods of navigation.  The Leadership hours stress communications skills and cadet corps activities. Written reports and speeches compliment academic materials. Cadet corps activities include holding positions of greater responsibility in the planning and execution of corps projects.  The Leadership course objectives are for all cadets to: comprehend the concepts of effective communication; understand himself/herself in relation to others and the society in which we live; comprehend how teams work to succeed in improving quality and productivity; and comprehend that leadership is a very complex art that is essential to the success of the mission.

 

9.1.3 Aerospace Science III - One Year Course (1 Credit)  Open to grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite: Completion of Aerospace Science II with a passing grade.

 

9.1.3.1 The curriculum is a balance of Aerospace Science and Leadership Education.  The third year is a science 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 explained. 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 Aerospace Science course objectives are for all cadets to: know what effects the sun and its planetary system have on living matter; know the national and international space programs and the progress each country has made; know how space technology has developed over the years; and know what impact space exploration has had on everyday living. The Leadership Education III: Life Skills textbook 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 to.  For those students who may be moving into an apartment of their own, information is presented on apartment shopping and grocery shopping skills.  If there are students who are interested in a career in the military, with the federal government, or an aerospace career, information is also provided for them. The Leadership course objectives are for all cadets to: understand the importance of obtaining a degree or skill after high school; comprehend that a proper job search is needed to obtain employment; comprehend the importance of financial planning; understand the career opportunities available through the federal government, NASA, FAA, and the military.

 

9.1.4 Aerospace Science IV - One Year Course (1 Credit)  Open to grade 12.  Prerequisite: Completion of Aerospace Science III with a passing grade, and request from the ASI/SASI to return to AFJROTC

 

9.1.4.1 The curriculum is a balance of Aerospace Science and Leadership Education.  The Aerospace Science is a blend of A.S., Geography and Survival.  The Geography portion of the course adds to the basic knowledge of the Earth's surface and the processes that shape it; of places and their connections to other places; and of the relationship between people and environments.    Students need to apply scientific concepts and principles discussed in the Science of Flight and Exploration of Space texts. Each of us is linked in many ways to other parts of the world.  Thinking geographically means thinking about such links.  Geography is a point of view, a way of looking at the world in terms of its interconnections.  The number and diversity of geographic terms covered in Exploring Your World reveal the Earth as an incredibly varied and complex planet.  Students will find many interconnections that exist in the world and the many concerns its people share.  The Survival section presents "good to know" information that would be useful in any situation.  Survival instruction will provide training in skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to successfully perform fundamental tasks needed for survival. Discussed are: the elements of surviving; personal protection; necessities to maintain life; and orientation and traveling.  Leadership IV: Principles of Management is a guide to understanding the fundamentals of management, managing yourself, and others.  Emphasis is placed on allowing the student to see himself/herself as a manager (especially if they hold key staff positions).  Every organization, regardless of size, faces the challenge of managing operations effectively.  No matter how well a manager carries out his or her job, there are always ways of doing at least part of the task more effectively. There are four building blocks of leadership considered in this text from the military and civilian perspective.  Attention to these four areas will form a strong foundation for a capability to lead others – something that can be very valuable to you for the rest of your life.  The four areas are Management Techniques, Management Decisions, Management Functions, and Managing Self and Others.

9.1.4.2  Objectives for the Geography portion are: know the aspects of geography; know about the Earth's surface and the processes that shape it; know about places and their connections to other places; know about the relationship between people and environments and that each of us is linked in many ways to other parts of the world; know the ways peoples, places, and things are distributed over the surface of the earth; know the similarities and differences among places and the physical and human processes that shape them; know about the dangers of nuclear and toxic wastes, the population explosion, the depletion of natural resources, and other critical problems of our time; know the importance of the Earth's natural resources to the environment; know about our planet, solar system, and the universe; know about weather and the effects it has on people and the land; and understand the consequences of events as they occur in particular parts of the world.  Objectives for the Survival portion are: know the elements of surviving; know how medicine procedures, clothing, and shelter can provide personal protection for a survivor in a survival situation; know the necessities for maintaining life in a survival situation; and know how to travel and prepare for recovery in a survival situation.  The Leadership course objectives are for all cadets to: comprehend the importance of management; comprehend the techniques and skills involved in making management decision; comprehend the concepts and skills of problem solving, decision making, and negotiating; comprehend the importance of managing yourself and others.

 

9.2 Syllabus, a syllabus will be developed to include dates for all assignments, examinations and proposed activities for the school year.  A syllabus will be developed for each aerospace year.

 

9.3 Your grades are based on performance in and out of class.

 

9.3.1 Grading is weighted and consists of the following areas:

            Homework                                                                  20%   

            Community Service (12 Hrs/Nine Weeks)               10%

            Tests/Quizzes/Presentations                                     20%   

            Performance/Behavior/Preparation             10%

            Uniform Wear/Appearance                                       20%   

            TERM/FINAL EXAM                                              20%

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.3.2 Grades will be assigned using the scale listed below:

 

            90.00 - 100.0 = A

            80.00 - 89.99 = B

            75.00 - 79.99 = C

            70.00 - 74.99 = D

            00.00 - 69.99 = F

 

9.4 The Homework portion of the grade depends on homework being complete and turned in to the instructor at the beginning of class on the date due.  Instructors will announce when homework collection is through - any homework turned in after that will be considered late and receive a grade of 0 (zero). Completing assigned homework is each cadet's responsibility.  Homework is to be done independently by each cadet. Failure to turn-in homework assignments will result in Consequences (lunch detention(s) until work is completed). Suspended students will receive a grade of 0 (zero) for all work due while on suspension.

 

9.5 Homework makeup is the sole responsibility of the student.  If you have been absent, you are expected to ask your flight commander, in the class­room the day you return, and at the beginning of class, if there is any work you need to make up.  If you do not ask, and a quiz, homework, etc., was given on the day(s) you were absent, expect to take a zero for that/those grade(s).  You will normally make up the work (for the applicable instructor) within 2 days for each day of absence.  The idea is to make-up work as quickly as reasonably possible after an absence, not to delay it indefinitely.  Students will have up to 1 week to make up a quiz, any student not taking the make-up within 1 week will receive a grade of 0 (zero).  To delay gives the absent student an opportunity to view other students' work, which would give him/her an unfair advantage.  If you are not sure if something was missed, ask.

 

9.6 In the event you are absent two or more days, discuss with the instructor(s) when you can reasonably be ready to take quizzes, etc.  Do not ignore the subject, if you do, you will receive zeroes for the missed work.

 

9.7 If you are absent on inspection day you must make up the inspection your first day back in class.  If you do not wear the uniform at the appro­priate time you will receive a zero for uniform grade for the week missed.  The statement "I did not know what uniform to wear" will not be accepted.  The uniform of the day will be briefed and posted in the classroom well in advance of the day you have to wear it.  Prolonged absences will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.  Uniform wear will be evaluated weekly using the checklist found in Attachment 12 of the Cadet Guide.  Continued absences will result in a Review Board Meeting(RBM).

 

9.8 Performance/Behavior/Preparation will be evaluated daily.  Each day cadets will receive 10 points if there are no infractions.  If a cadet has behavior infractions the following points will be removed from the daily grades:

 

            1st occurrence -5 Points

            2nd occurrence             -10 Points

            3rd occurrence             -15 Points

            4th occurrence -20 Points

            5th occurrence Removal from program, withdrawal "F" grade, not eligible to return

                                                to AFJROTC.

         Absent (Unexcused)                                                  -10

         Dress/Appearance Poor                                            -3  

         Uniform not worn                                                      -5

         Tardy/Detention                                                         -5  

         Materials Missing/Not Prepared                                 -2 per item

 

 

9.9 HOMEWORK FORMAT.  All homework will be in the following format:

                                                                                                Cadet/Rank (name-last, first)

                                                                                                Flight                  

                                                                                                            Date                    

                                                                                                            Assignment                

______________________________________________________________

 

(Question#)______________________________________________________

(Answer)_________________________________________________________

BLANK LINE

(Question#)______________________________________________________

(Answer)_________________________________________________________

 

9.9.1 Write the question number on the left margin of the paper.  Write out the question then answer it beginning on the next line.

 

9.9.2 Leave one line between an answer and the next question.

 

9.9.3 Use only black or blue ink when doing homework. Work in any other color or in pencil will not be accepted.

 

9.9.4 Papers turned in with incorrect format will receive half credit.

 

9.9.5 Papers with torn edges (for example, pages torn out of a spiral notebook) will not be accepted.

 

9.9.6 Turn in legible work - if the instructor can’t read what a cadet has written, a grade of "zero" will be given.