For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins on the first day of the term and ends on midnight the following Sunday. The last week of the term ends on a Sunday.
The following assessments determine the course grade:
Each week there will be a discussion question for students to answer. Your posts should reflect upon the week’s lesson and readings. You will 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. I will grade posts on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.
Forum grades will be determined using the APUS Forum scoring guide. Additionally, comments may be given informally within the forum or in more detail within the forum grader tool. A copy of the grading rubric is included under the Lessons and Resources tabs to the course.
Current Event Case Study
For this assignment, students will choose a current event related to their selected scenario and describe it within the context of the fundamentals of OSINT. Students will select a position within the scenario, and then will analyze their selected case. There is no standard format for the Current Event Case Study. However, it should cover the following:
- What are the circumstances?
- What is the potential for action?
- What are the consequences for each identified action?
- What Open Source Information can be used to support decision-making in the scenario?
The Current Event Case Study will be evaluated by the instructor using the APUS Assignment rubric scoring guide and comments inserted into the Word document. A copy of the grading rubric is included under the Lessons and Resources tabs to the course.
The OSINT Collection Plan will be evaluated by the instructor using the APUS Assignment rubric scoring guide and comments inserted into the Word document. A copy of the grading rubric is included under the Lessons and Resources tabs to the course.
There is no standard format for the OSINT Collection Plan. However, it should have the following characteristics:
- Be based on the information requirements found in your project’s scenario.
- Assist your supported decision-maker in visualizing their problem.
- Cover current and future problems.
- Take a full-spectrum approach.
- Cover the collection capabilities of all echelons involved with your problem.
- Be flexible in ability to respond to changes.
- Contain precise and directive language.