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Simulation in Intelligence

Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8953 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PICX953

Challenge yourself in a crisis simulation as you step up to the role of an intelligence analyst. Call on your academic learning to develop strategic solutions. Oversee the intelligence sections of the exercise’s mock ministerial briefing papers.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
18 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024,
22 July 2024

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Simulation in Intelligence

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to;

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of simulation & role playing as an educational and professional tool
    2. Demonstrate understanding of decision-making, bargaining situations and group dynamics in a political-strategic context.
    3. Apply intelligence analysis to complex and evolving real-world situations.
    4. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional audiences.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MAQ-INT-MAS-2024 - Master of Intelligence

Prior study

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PICX953 (Not currently available)


Admission to MIntell and 60cp at 8000 level or above including (PICX8012 or PICX812) and (PICX8013 or PICX813) and (PICX8014 or PICX814) and (PICX8044 or PICX844) and (PICX8045 or PICX845)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT950, PICT951, PICT952, PICT953, PICT954, PICT955,
PICX950, PICX951, PICX952, PICX953, PICX954, PICX955
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
PICT8950 Strategic Simulation; PICT8951 Simulation in Security and Strategy; PICT8952 Simulation in Criminology; PICT8953 Simulation in Intelligence; PICT8954 Simulation in Cyber Security; PICT8955 Simulation in Counter Terrorism
PICX8950 Strategic Simulation; PICX8951 Simulation in Security and Strategy; PICX8952 Simulation in Criminology; PICX8954 Simulation in Cyber Security; PICX8955 Simulation in Counter Terrorism

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    The second half of the unit when students are doing the simulation/wargame, will be delivered in an intensive mode, students are required to have an intensive level of involvement for 2 weeks.

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Master of Intelligence

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