FLAG OFFICERS COURSE (CPOG)

 

AIM

The Flag Officers Course aims to prepare nominated Captains and Colonels to perform functions in high level Command, Direction or Staff positions in high echelons.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Provide information in order to improve and promote the reflection and discussion which enables the students to produce relevant knowledge at the conceptual, doctrinal and systemic levels in order to complement their career-long education;
  • Develop the knowledge of Security and Sefence problems, especially in what concerns National Defence from a political-strategic perspective.
  • Develop and refine communication, analysis, synthesis and argumentation skills in order to acquire a global and sustained prospective vision that, together with an interpersonal relationship dimension, may contribute to the quality of performances in top management positions and the highest level of the Armed Forces hierarchy.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The Flag Officers Course comprises a joint component education to be attended by the three branches officers and a specific education component for each branch;

The course includes a number of matters comprising three main scientific areas: Strategy, Administration and Military Operations;

The course is organized in accordance with the European Credits Trading System (ECTS). The total number of credits required to complete the course is 60 ECTS.

 

Study plan overview

 

Curricular Units

Scientific Area

Type

Workload (hours)

ECTS

 

Remarks

Total

Contac

T

TP

PL

TC

S

E

OT

O

Strategy

E

Semester

312,5

2

20

 

84

98

 

6

24

12,5

 

Administration

AR

Semester

275

16

10

4

52

76

 

6

24

11,0

 

Military Operations

OM

Semester

187,5

21

54

 

36

18

 

 

15

7,5

 

Maritime Military Sciences

CMN

Semester

150

14

4

 

 

62

 

 

 

6,0

optional

Land Military Sciences

CMT

Semester

150

11

49

 

 

20

 

 

 

6,0

optional

Air Military Sciences

CMA

Semester

150

6

 

 

30

44

 

 

 

6,0

optional

Directed Discussion

CM

Semester

125

 

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,0

 

Individual Research Work

CM

Annual

450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64

18,0

 

Legend: T - Theory Education; TP - Theory and Practise Education; PL - Practise and Laboratory ; TC - Fieldwork ; S - Seminar ; E - Stage ; OT - Tutorial Guidance ; O - Other

 

COURSE LENGHT

The course duration is one year, approximately 38 weeks including school holidays (34 weeks are allocated to the joint component education and the other 4 weeks to the specific education component.

 

QUALIFICATIONS CONFERRED BY THE COURSE

The Flag Officer Course Diploma is awarded to students who successfully conclude all syllabus units having achieved 60 ECTS correspondent to the academic year.

The  course is a requirement for promotion to the rank of General Officer.

 

COURSE ADMISSION CONDITIONS

The Flag Officers Course is attended, on an exclusive basis, by appointed Permanent Staff Officers of the Armed Forces with the rank of Capitão-de-Mar-e- Guerra (a portuguese Navy captain post) or Colonel.

Officers from friendly countries may attend the course, under permission.

 

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