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Course Details

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 Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 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

Book Title: Surprise Attacks : Victim's Perspective - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author: Kam, Ephraim
Publication Info:
ISBN: 9780674013544
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
Publication Info:
ISBN: N/A

Book Title:Surprise Attacks : Victim's Perspective - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780674013544
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.