module specification

SS7088 - Intelligence Analysis (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Intelligence Analysis
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Total study hours 200
140 hours Guided independent study
60 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Essay
Coursework 30%   Critique
Coursework 40%   Research assignment, and written results
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module considers what intelligence and analysis means, and its overall role, and its application to security related issues of Criminology and the domain of Public Protection. It deals with dealing with issues pertaining to law enforcement and government agencies and the private sector combating crime and the use of proactive intelligence.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

This module considers what intelligence and analysis means. In doing so it addresses a number of fundamental issues, including the important issue of what is meant by the concept of intelligence.

This is enhanced by debates between a variety of discourses of what is intelligence. It is further enhanced by correcting and/or eradicating misperceptions of intelligence and analysis (the ‘myths of intelligence’)

It examines in both theoretical and practical operational terms the  overall role of intelligence analysis, particularly its application to security related issues pertaining to law enforcement, government agencies and the private sector in preventing and combating crime by the use of proactive intelligence.


The module consists of lectures in:

• the concept of intelligence,
• the intelligence  process,
• the analysis process,
• the nature of sources of information and intelligence,
• case studies regarding the use and pitfalls of intelligence and ‘lessons learned’,
• the nature and deployment of intelligence analysts,
• analysis relating to crime, and  wider international security issues relating to both public and private sector.

Learning and teaching

The module is delivered on a block of 4 days course comprising lectures and seminars and group and individual assignments .

Teaching sessions consist of a series of lectures and seminar group sessions in which students are encouraged to explore the political, strategic and tactical complexities of intelligence and the resulting implications in the areas of crime, international relations, terrorism and security and security in the financial sector.

As a distance learning module, it will be delivered over a longer period and lectures and seminars will be conducted online. The module will use the following strategies:-
E-learning: delivered using computers utilising internet technology and programming which allows the student to interact with the learning materials via chat rooms, online office hours and notice boards. The present WebLearn facilities are sufficient to cover these methods.
Written materials: Students will be provided with written materials such as articles in electronic format (e.g. pdf files). WebLearn to be used as a repository for such material.
Students will be required to complete a weekly Workbook involving key questions, exercises and tasks relating to the week’s lecture

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
• Understand  and appreciate what intelligence is, both as a theoretical concept and as a practical and adaptable tool deployed by law enforcement, government agencies and the private sector.
• Be able to  understand and demonstrate  a good grasp of the intelligence process and including some elements of criminal financial analysis,
• Be able to understand and apply intelligence and analytical thinking to practical problems,
• Critically apply and evaluate the use of intelligence analysis in security
related bodies of information.

Assessment strategy

The objective of the assessment strategy is,

1. to enable the student to understand both the concept and the practical application of the intelligence cycle ,

2.  to understand  the process of basic analysis principles in relation to strategic intelligence in both law enforcement,  overall security-public and private sector related organization.

On the MSc Criminology course, the individual assignments will evidence the student learning around theories and discourse and their ability to relate this to their working environment.
The individual critique is designed to assess the different ways in which research can be applied in the work-place.

The Individual research assignment, and written results is to assess the overall progress of the individual student


Newburn T (ed),  ‘Handbook of Policing’ (Willan 2003);
Ratcliffe J, , 'Intelligence-led policing and the problems of turning rhetoric into practice' Policing & Society 12(1), pp.53-66 (2002);
Keegan J  ‘Intelligence in War’,(First Vintage Books 2004);
Harfield C and Grieve JDG (eds)  ‘The Handbook of Intelligent Policing’( Oxford University Press 2008);
Brown S (ed)  ‘The Longer Arm of the Law ‘(Routledge – Cavendish 2008);
Gall C and Waal T ‘A small victorious war’ (Pan Original 1997);
Smucker P  ‘al Qaeda’s great escape’ (Potomac Books. 2004);
Parker G  ‘The Grand Strategy of Philip II’ chapter 2 (Yale University Press 1998);
Ridley N ‘Terrorist Financing-the failure of counter measures’(Edward Elgar Publishing 2012).