Course Code: INTL622 Course ID: 4529 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate
This course constitutes an intensive introduction to OSINT and its related disciplines and will focus on the following areas: definition and nature of OSINT, OSINT policy and management, history and development of OSINT, current OSINT trends, OSINT-focused organizations, challenges, reform, and future prospects. The course constitutes an intensive introduction to OSINT and its related disciplines. (Prerequisite: SSGS500)
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|01/25/21 - 07/02/21||07/05/21 - 08/29/21||Summer 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
|04/26/21 - 10/01/21||10/04/21 - 11/28/21||Fall 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
CO-1: Evaluate OSINT as an Intelligence Collections platform.
CO-2: Analyze the nature and functions of OSINT.
CO-3: Examine the strengths and weaknesses of OSINT.
CO-4: Assess the role that OSINT plays in the intelligence process.
CO-5: Appraise the role of the analyst in the intelligence cycle.
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.
Required Course Textbooks:
There is no required text for this course.
During the course, students will use one of three scenarios for context while responding to Forums, as well as for their Final Project in the course, which is an OSINT Collection Plan.
- US actions in response to threats from North Korea towards South Korea
- Support of US negotiations to deploy ballistic missile defense capabilities in Romania
- Support to crisis action planning for a US response to a humanitarian disaster in Haiti
Choose one of these scenarios and use the information found at the links above, then develop it as needed to support your work.
Below are the required readings for this course broken down by week. Copies or links to these articles are provided in the weekly lesson modules. Many of these readings are in the public domain. For those readings not in the public domain, the readings are available through the APUS e-Library journal databases. Additionally, a number of the readings have been placed in a reserved reading folder which can be accessed at http://apus.campusguides.com/intl622 and clicking on the E-Reserves tab.
|Book Title:||Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*|
|Book Title:||Open Source Intelligence Methods and Tools: A Practical Guide to Online Intelligence (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)|
|Author:||Hassan, N. and Hijazi, R.|
Not current for future courses.