Practice of Modern Intelligence - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

This unit exposes students to the diverse areas of intelligence and to intelligence process methodologies in a variety of contexts. It discusses the essential characteristics of intelligence systems and examines how the intelligence function fits within a dynamic national security context, situating the intelligence function within the Law Enforcement, Foreign, National Security and Military domains. The unit examines the Australian and selected international intelligence communities.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critique contemporary literature relating to the concepts of intelligence
  2. demonstrate higher order communication skills including the ability to formulate sustained, persuasive and original written and oral arguments
  3. model academic research skills, particularly the ability to select sources appropriately to integrate knowledge from diverse sources, to critically evaluate its significance and relevance, synthesise material and present finding logically, rationally and lucidly
  4. evaluate how the intelligence function fits within the dynamic national security context;
  5. explore a case study requiring a Futures assessment.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Theories of Intelligence
2Challenges of a Dynamic Security Environment
3Intelligence Requirements, Planning & Tasking
4Information Collection and Collation
5Information Analysis
6Intelligence Dissemination
7Criminal Intelligence
8Foreign Intelligence
9Security Intelligence
10Military Intelligence
11Intelligence Success
12Intelligence Failure
13Cyber Intelligence

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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