A lot of these are conceptual things, and some of them are topics of interest that would never be tested. The overall structure of this module looks like: grappling drills to begin developing good balance and footwork, a solo form or two to practice proper striking (and covering) technique together with motion, and partner drills to begin learning to see and exploit openings with all three strikes of the sword. Fighting from the guards simply means learning which strikes are most ready from each of the five primary wards, as well as how to employ the guards as effective defensive positions (covering). I can think of a dozen simple drills off the top of my head that would be great for this stuff, and I'm eagerly collecting more at the moment.
A 1st-degree Scholar who comes consistently (under our current training schedule--we'll be adding more classes as we can) can get up to 4 hours of class time a week, which over three months adds up to 48 hours of quality training. Subtract 15 minutes from Tuesday and Wednesday practice for warmup and cooldown, and that's still about 30 hours of training. If they practice their forms at home and (possibly) find a pell to hit or a practice partner, that's plenty of time to achieve a basic integration of these skills. Then in months 4-6 we cover the specifics of fighting in Zufechten and Abzug (primarily focused on the mastercuts)--while continuing grappling development--and ideally test them for their 2nd degree at or around 6 months.
(Also, Jake, I added you to the Wave where this is being developed by accident, and there doesn't look to be a way to remove people, so if you want to see how this fits into a bigger picture, feel free.)