The Intelligence Community in Australia
Comprehend the framework for effective and efficient production and use of intelligence analysis for national security. Examine contemporary internal and external national security threats and the practices needed to combat them.
Enrolments for this year have closed. Apply for 2022
- 21 Feb 2022
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- critique contemporary literature relating to the concepts of intelligence
- demonstrate higher order communication skills including the ability to formulate sustained, persuasive and original written and oral arguments
- 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
- evaluate the cyber security threat as it relates to national security
- explore a case study involving Espionage as a threat to National Security.
- Students will have an advanced understanding of Australia's intelligence commsubjecty, including the different bureaucratic cultures and politics between ASIO, ASIS, AFP and Department of Defence.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
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-PICX814-The Intelligence Community in Australia (No longer available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT814, PICX814 Pre-requisite Admission to MPICT or MCPICT or GradDipPICT or GradDipCPICT or PGCertPICT or GradCertPICT or GradCertCPICT or MPICTMIntSecSt or MCPICTMIntSecSt or MIntSecStud or GradDipIntSecStud or GradCertIntell or MIntell or MSecStrategicStudMIntell or MIntellMCrim or MIntellMCyberSec or MIntellMCTerrorism or admission to BSecStudMIntell
- Other requirements -
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.
This subject was previously known as PICX814 The Intelligence Community in Australia
This unit introduces students to fundamental skills and concepts in intelligence studies – counterintelligence, and performance evaluation – while providing students with the opportunity to critically reflect on the structure and function of the Australian intelligence community (loosely defined). Students will apply open-source intelligence (OSINT) collection and analysis techniques to elements of the Australian intelligence community and proceed to evaluate the effect and effectiveness of Australia’s intelligence apparatus.
- Preliminary Analysis and Collection Plan (20%)
- Intelligence briefing/policy brief (25%)
- Collection report (25%)
- 3 quizzes (30%)
Current study term: 20 Feb 22 to 05 Jun 22
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