School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Contemporary Intelligence
  • Unit Code

    SCY6104
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    20
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mr Jeffrey Douglas CORKILL

Description

This unit prepares intelligence professionals for senior analytic roles in the highly complex and dynamic contemporary intelligence environment. Working with a mix of contemporary case studies in combination with current real world incidents and emerging issues students will be required to produce high quality intelligence assessments. Presentations by senior government advisors, military and law enforcement leaders and corporate executives will expose students to the complex information needs of these decision makers. As a result of industry engagement, students have the opportunity to examine the nuanced relationships between intelligence producers and users. A major focus of this unit is the development of students abilities to identify emerging national and international security themes in time to provide warning as opposed to respond to surprise.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded CSI5120

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Create indicator and warning products that assist decision makers to identify and monitor emerging threats.
  2. Create intelligence assessments using substantive evidence that appropriately inform decision makers of emerging threats.
  3. Evaluate emergent themes of national and international significance from a range of disparate data.
  4. Execute complex information collection operations from disparate sources using available open source capabilities.
  5. Review intelligence processes for integrity, ethics and accuracy in order to identify current and future gaps in knowledge.

Unit Content

  1. Advances in technology and methodology, implications for collection, evaluation and analysis.
  2. Analytic collaboration: The use of teams and virtual teams.
  3. Ethics and ethical collection, analysis and reporting.
  4. Intelligence, advisors and the media.
  5. Making sense and information overload.
  6. Predicting futures.
  7. The contemporary national and international security environment.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, tutorials and seminars with external guest lecturers (dependant on availability). National and international case studies form the basis of analysis, discussion and assessments. Audio of lectures is provided online. All students will participate in a mix of face to face and virtual teams to complete a major intelligence project.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
ReportPrepare an intelligence collection plan for a defined intelligence problem10%
ProjectIn teams prepare an intelligence assessment on an emerging security problem60%
ReportPrepare supporting indicators and warning documentation as a supplement to an intelligence assessment20%
Reflective PracticeReflect on your assessment and indications and warning documentation and its acceptability as an aid to decision making10%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
ReportPrepare an intelligence collection plan for a defined intelligence problem10%
ProjectIn teams prepare an intelligence assessment on an emerging security problem60%
ReportPrepare supporting indicators and warning documentation as a supplement to an intelligence assessment20%
Reflective PracticeReflect on your assessment and indications and warning documentation and its acceptability as an aid to decision making10%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Contemporary Intelligence
  • Unit Code

    SCY6104
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    20
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mr Jeffrey Douglas CORKILL

Description

This unit prepares intelligence professionals for senior analytic roles in the highly complex and dynamic contemporary intelligence environment. Working with a mix of contemporary case studies in combination with current real world incidents and emerging issues students will be required to produce high quality intelligence assessments. Presentations by senior government advisors, military and law enforcement leaders and corporate executives will expose students to the complex information needs of these decision makers. As a result of industry engagement, students have the opportunity to examine the nuanced relationships between intelligence producers and users. A major focus of this unit is the development of students abilities to identify emerging national and international security themes in time to provide warning as opposed to respond to surprise.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded CSI5120

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Create indicator and warning products that assist decision makers to identify and monitor emerging threats.
  2. Create intelligence assessments using substantive evidence that appropriately inform decision makers of emerging threats.
  3. Evaluate emergent themes of national and international significance from a range of disparate data.
  4. Execute complex information collection operations from disparate sources using available open source capabilities.
  5. Review intelligence processes for integrity, ethics and accuracy in order to identify current and future gaps in knowledge.

Unit Content

  1. Advances in technology and methodology, implications for collection, evaluation and analysis.
  2. Analytic collaboration: The use of teams and virtual teams.
  3. Ethics and ethical collection, analysis and reporting.
  4. Intelligence, advisors and the media.
  5. Making sense and information overload.
  6. Predicting futures.
  7. The contemporary national and international security environment.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, tutorials and seminars with external guest lecturers (dependant on availability). National and international case studies form the basis of analysis, discussion and assessments. Audio of lectures is provided online. All students will participate in a mix of face to face and virtual teams to complete a major intelligence project.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
ReportPrepare an intelligence collection plan for a defined intelligence problem10%
ProjectIn teams prepare an intelligence assessment on an emerging security problem60%
ReportPrepare supporting indicators and warning documentation as a supplement to an intelligence assessment20%
Reflective PracticeReflect on your assessment and indications and warning documentation and its acceptability as an aid to decision making10%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
ReportPrepare an intelligence collection plan for a defined intelligence problem10%
ProjectIn teams prepare an intelligence assessment on an emerging security problem60%
ReportPrepare supporting indicators and warning documentation as a supplement to an intelligence assessment20%
Reflective PracticeReflect on your assessment and indications and warning documentation and its acceptability as an aid to decision making10%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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