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INTL502 - Collection

Course Details

Course Code: INTL502 Course ID: 3098 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a study of intelligence collection and information gathering. It focuses on a variety of aspects related to how both the United States and foreign nations gather and process intelligence. The student will develop a comprehensive understanding of the role collection plays in the intelligence community, how various policies affect collection, and how different intelligence agencies monitor and collect intelligence.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The purpose of this course is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the role collection plays in the Intelligence community. Specifically, after successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

• CO-1: Evaluate the role of Intelligence Collection Management in directing collection operations.
• CO-2: Examine the role of intelligence collection as it applies to the Intelligence Cycle.
• CO-3: Examine the role of Intelligence Collection as it applies to Indications & Warning (I&W) and preventing surprise.
• CO-4: Distinguish the strengths and limitations of various intelligence collection disciplines.
• CO-5: Assess the implications of advances and modes in intelligence collection technology for the 21st century.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums: 20 percent

Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas. (Assignment Length: Main Posts are at least 500 word minimum with a 250 word minimum response to at least two classmates).

White Paper: 20 percent

This is an opportunity for the student to identify a key intelligence collection-related issue and to develop a white paper that takes a specific stance at resolving the issue. Students will identify and summarize the key points of the issue up front, develop the issue’s background and identify key problems, identify solutions, and wrap-up the issue by concluding with key facts. Turabian format is mandatory with in text citations and a properly formatted Title and Reference page, double-spaced Times New Roman 12 font. (Assignment Length: 3-4 pages). Due Week 3.

Literature Review: 25 percent

Literature reviews are designed to do two things: 1) give your readers an overview of sources you have explored while researching a particular topic or idea and 2) demonstrate how your research fits into the larger field of study, in this case, intelligence. Your literature review should have between 10 -15 sources. Turabian format is mandatory with in text citations and a properly formatted Title and Reference page, double-spaced Times New Roman 12 font. (Assignment Length: 6-8 pages). Due Week 5.

Final Assessment: 35 percent

Based on the White Paper and Literature Review, students will complete a Final Paper consisting of 13-15 pages. The page length does not include the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices. The Final Paper is due at the end of Week 7.

The following book is recommended:
Turabian, Kate L. 2014. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th ed. The University of Chicago Press.
Other Required Readings
• Peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, external websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:The Five Disciplines of Intelligence Collection
ISBN:9781452217635
Publication Info:SAGE
Author:Lowenthal, M. and Clark, R.
Unit Cost:$68.40

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.