Intelligence Techniques and Tradecraft

Module code: PL7541

This module is divided into two sections. In the first section you'll look at the main methods by which intelligence is collected – open sources, human sources, and signals intelligence – to understand the capabilities and limitations of each. This section introduces the concept of ‘big data’ and examines the challenges and opportunities for intelligence when agencies are presented with the vast amounts of information now available through the use of technology.

In the second section you'll study the various methodologies of intelligence analysis, including structured analytical techniques and hypothesis generation, to develop a critical understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses. This section also covers predictive analysis and forecasting, both of which are key elements of intelligence products. You'll also examine the crucial relationship between analysts and decision makers, and consider the question of ‘politicisation’ of intelligence.

Learning

  • 300 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Journal article analysis (20%)
  • Essay (80%)