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Course Details

Course Code: INTL621 Course ID: 3120 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines Signals Intelligence focusing on the underlying technology of SIGINT and its application to various military and civilian intelligence questions. This course will also address contemporary issues related to the Cyber-SIGINT nexus as well as the lesser-known disciplines of MASINT, FISINT, etc. Collection platforms will be studied in relation to their inherent capabilities and application against various intelligence targets. The course is held at the unclassified, open-source level.

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
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO-1: Appraise signals intelligence from historical examples.
CO-2: Evaluate processes for collecting, processing, exploiting and disseminating signals intelligence.
CO-3: Assess challenges to signals intelligence and cyber warfare.
CO-4: Examine the ethical implications surrounding domestic use of signals intelligence.
CO-5: Evaluate cyber warfare, and issues related to the Internet and the information age.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums: 20 percent

Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect 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.

White Paper: 20 percent

This is an opportunity for the student to identify a key Signals Intelligence-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. (Assignment Length: 5-6 pages).

Literature Review: 25 percent

Literature reviews are designed to do two things: 1) give the reader 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, Signals Intelligence. Your literature review should have between 10 -15 sources. (Assignment Length: 6-8 pages).

Final Paper: 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.

Required Readings

  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Secrets of Signals Intelligence During the Cold War and Beyond: From Cold War to Globalization - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Aid and Wiebes
Unit Cost:$59.35

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.