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HSEM 2125

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Intelligence Analysis And Security Management   
Prerequisite(s)   HSEM 1101 with a "C" or better.   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course provides an introduction to intelligence analysis and security management, focused on management of terrorist attacks and other threats to national security.  Students will learn about our national defense system, including the private sector, and will explore the vulnerabilities of these systems.  Students will learn about the intelligence community and how it operates, and will discuss issues regarding intelligence support of Homeland Security measures.
Expected Educational Results   
Course Results:
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Apply operational knowledge of intelligence gathering and analysis to homeland security and other threats facing both government and private sectors.
2. Describe and explain intelligence policies and functions of the U.S.  Government.
3. Explain the meaning and purpose of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention act of 2004 (P.L. 108-458).
4. Evaluate the reliability and dependability of source information.
5. Identify and evaluate various methods  or techniques for obtaining, synthesizing, and analyzing intelligence.
6. Evaluate intelligence using critical judgment and evidentiary analysis.
7. Use intelligence gathering and analysis techniques.
8. Use various forms of intelligence and sound reasoning to formulate predictions and forecast terrorist activities.
9. Describe the foundation and goals of security.
10. Identify, describe and analyze threats to national and international safety and security.
11. Apply ethical and professional behaviors to intelligence gathering and operations.

General Education Outcomes   
Completion of this course will contribute to students’ ability to meet the following goals of the GPC core curriculum:
Communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
• Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook, handouts, and assigned journal articles.  
• Students develop their listening skills by listening to lectures, videotapes, and other students (during group discussions and problem-solving exercises).
• Students develop their writing skills through written homework assignments, papers, and/or writing essays as part of exams.
• Students develop their speaking skills by asking questions, through class discussions, and/or through oral reports to the class.
Demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.
• This course addresses the general educational outcome of demonstration of effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills by requiring students to apply knowledge gained from the course to analyzing and solving problems related to issues in intelligence analysis and security management.

Course Content   
History of intelligence
Governmental organizations and intelligence
Role and function of intelligence
Intelligence practices
Evaluating information
Analytical methodologies
Decision-making regarding responses to risks
Failures of the intelligence apparatus
Intelligence analysis
Foundation for security management
Assessment of threats to safety and security
Legal aspects of security management
Risk assessment, planning and program administration for the security management professional
Physical security and the protection of infrastructure
Personnel security
Information security
Investigations, intelligence operations and reporting
Investigative exercise

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
Course Grade
Grades from some combination of the following will be used to determine each student’s final course grade:  class participation, homework assignments, papers, projects, oral presentations, and exams.  Exams may be multiple choice, some combination of multiple choice and short answer or essay, or purely essay and/or short answer.  All instructors must give a MINIMUM of two exams for the course, including the final exam.  Individual instructors may determine the relative weightings of each component in determining the grade for the course, and must state the weightings to be used in determining student grades in the course syllabus.
Department Assessment
• This course will be assessed in the fall semester on a three-year assessment cycle.  Objective questions assessing student mastery of outcomes for this course will be included in either the final exam or unit tests for this course.  Each instructor must include these questions in the appropriate exam.  Each instructor is responsible for reviewing and tabulating the results of these outcome assessment questions and transmitting them to the course or curriculum committee responsible for this course.  Individual instructors should use feedback from assessment in their classes to review and evaluate their own teaching practices.
• The construction of the outcome assessment questions will be the responsibility of the college-wide Political Science Curriculum Committee.
Use of Assessment Findings
• The Political Science Curriculum Committee will meet in the spring term after the fall assessment to review the course and to evaluate the results.  The review of the course outcome assessment findings will provide information on success in achieving the desired outcomes for this course on a college-wide basis.  If fewer than 70% of the students perform successfully on questions measuring any particular educational outcome, the committee will examine teaching practices related to that outcome, the assessment instrument, and the desired learning outcomes to determine which, if any, of these need modifying.  The committee will share its findings and recommendations with all faculty teaching this course, and may make changes to the desired educational outcomes, teaching practices, or assessment instrument as appropriate.

Last Revised: Dec. 17, 2010
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