INTL401 - Critical Analysis
Course Code: INTL401 Course ID: 3207 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate
This course provides an introduction to critical thinking, intelligence analysis, and the use of structured methodologies. Functions associated with the processing of information to include perception, memory, and the evaluation of information are examined. Conscious and unconscious cognitive biases along with strategies to mitigate their impact are also assessed. (Prerequisite: SSGS300)
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|03/30/20 - 09/04/20||09/07/20 - 11/01/20||Summer 2020 Session D||8 Week session|
|04/27/20 - 10/02/20||10/05/20 - 11/29/20||Fall 2020 Session B||8 Week session|
|05/25/20 - 10/30/20||11/02/20 - 12/27/20||Fall 2020 Session I||8 Week session|
|06/29/20 - 12/04/20||12/07/20 - 01/31/21||Fall 2020 Session D||8 Week session|
|07/27/20 - 01/01/21||01/04/21 - 02/28/21||Winter 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
CO-1 Employ strategies to overcome cognitive biases inherent to intelligence analysis.
CO-2 Distinguish the different techniques analysts can employ in order to interpret significant events from multiple perspectives.
CO-3 Apply a structured methodology
CO-4 Differentiate the external pressures capable of influencing analysis.
CO-5 Analyze the causes and impact of an analytical failure.
Forum discussions – Students will be required to participate in forum discussions. Students must submit a (250 word minimum) response to the initial forum question by Thursday, 11:55 pm EST. Students must then respond to at least two student posts no later than Sunday, 11:55 pm EST (150 word minimum each). Remember to cite your work appropriately.
Midterm assignment – Students will be required to prepare a 4-6-page essay. Specific instructions to include format and length can be found in the Week Three “Assignments” folder in the classroom.
2-Part Progress assignment – Students will be required to prepare a 6-page paper analyzing a simulated scenario. Specific instructions to include format and length can be found in the Week 5 and 6 “Assignments” folder in the classroom.
Final assignment – Students will be required to prepare a 4-page essay. Specific instructions to include format and length can be found in the Week Three “Assignments” folder in the classroom.
|W1: Requirements||2.27 %|
|W1: Post: Perceiving Information||2.27 %|
|W2: Mirror Imaging||2.27 %|
|W3: ACH Questions?||2.27 %|
|W3: Viewing an Issue From Multiple Perspectives||2.27 %|
|W4: ACH Step 1: Brainstorm The Possibilities||2.27 %|
|W4: ACH Step 2: List Significant Evidence||2.27 %|
|W5: Satisficing||2.27 %|
|W6: ACH Step 8: Develop Indicators||2.27 %|
|W7: Structured Methods and the Value of ACH||2.27 %|
|W8: External Factors Impacting Analysis||2.27 %|
|Progress Assignment||25.00 %|
|ACH Steps #3-6||12.50 %|
|ACH Step #7 (Paper)||12.50 %|
|Midterm Assignment||25.00 %|
|Cuban Missile Crisis (Paper)||25.00 %|
|Final Assignment||25.00 %|
|Analytical Failures (Paper)||25.00 %|
|Book Title:||Surprise Attacks : Victim's Perspective - E-book available in the APUS Online Library|
|Book Title:||To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #.|
|Author:||No Author Specified|
Not current for future courses.