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Course Code: INTL401 Course ID: 3207 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an introduction to critical thinking, intelligence analysis, and the use of structured methodologies. Functions associated with the processing of information to include perception, memory, and the evaluation of information are examined. Conscious and unconscious cognitive biases along with strategies to mitigate their impact are also assessed. (Prerequisite: SSGS300)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
07/27/2021 - 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 - 02/27/2022 January Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/2021 - 02/04/2022 02/07/2022 - 04/03/2022 February Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/2021 - 03/04/2022 03/07/2022 - 05/01/2022 March Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/2021 - 04/01/2022 04/04/2022 - 05/29/2022 April Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/2021 - 04/29/2022 05/02/2022 - 06/26/2022 May Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/2021 - 06/03/2022 06/06/2022 - 07/31/2022 June Spring 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO-1 Employ strategies to overcome cognitive biases inherent to intelligence analysis.

CO-2 Distinguish the different techniques analysts can employ in order to interpret significant events from multiple perspectives.

CO-3 Apply a structured methodology

CO-4 Differentiate the external pressures capable of influencing analysis.

CO-5 Analyze the causes and impact of an analytical failure.

Discussions - 25%

Each week, a discussion question is provided, and posts should reflect the synthesis of the course readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to at least 2 classmates and any student/instructor follow up questions by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Discussions are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas. Please note, meeting these minimums does not equal maximum points. In order to max points, exceed the minimums. See the Discussions iRubric for grading criteria.

Three Progress Assignments – 75%

There are three progress assignments on course concepts during the course. Specific instructions are found in Assignments tab of the classroom. Keep them professional- proper formatting, double spacing, written in Word doc, etc. For specific grading criteria, pleas refer to each assignment’s iRubric.

Assignment #1 (25%): Students will write and submit a 3-4- page essay evaluating the Cuban Missile Crisis using course readings. Specific instructions can be found in the Assignments tab of the classroom.

Assignment #2 (10%): Using the template provided, students will complete steps #3-6 of the ACH exercise. Specific instructions can be found in the Assignments tab of the classroom

Assignment #3 (40%): Based on the analysis of the PRC-Taiwan scenario, students will prepare a 6-8- page essay ranking the three hypotheses (from most likely to occur to the least likely to occur). Specific instructions can be found in the Assignments tab of the classroom. Remember, ACH Step 7 is the most important step and accounts for a significant portion of your course grade

CO-1 Employ strategies to overcome cognitive biases inherent to intelligence analysis.

CO-2 Distinguish the different techniques analysts can employ in order to interpret significant events from multiple perspectives.

CO-3 Apply a structured methodology

CO-4 Differentiate the external pressures capable of influencing analysis.

CO-5 Analyze the causes and impact of an analytical failure.

Book Title:Surprise Attacks : Victim's Perspective - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780674013544
Publication Info:Lib
Author:Kam, Ephraim
Unit Cost:$30.25
 
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.