BSSn4476 Analysis of Open Source Information

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Ondřej Rojčík, MSc, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. JUDr. PhDr. Miroslav Mareš, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Division of Security and Strategic Studies – Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 8. 10. 8:00–9:40 U53, Thu 22. 10. 8:00–11:40 U53, Thu 29. 10. 8:00–11:40 U53, Thu 5. 11. 8:00–11:40 U53, Thu 3. 12. 8:00–9:40 U53, Thu 10. 12. 8:00–9:40 U53
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 16 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/16, only registered: 0/16, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/16
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The goal of the module is to equip students with practical skills in the area of intelligence analysis and open source information. Students will be able to use basic intelligence analysis techniques, to look up information in open sources and apply tools of intelligence analysis on relevant security issues of the Czech Republic, European Union or NATO, identify implications for a customer and suggest recomendations. Students will write intelligence paper and a pair of students will work on an oral presentation (details will be clarified during the first lecture).
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course students will be able to: - distinguish academic and intelligence writing style - apply principles of intelligence writing style - understand needs of customers - analyse and present intelligence issue in written and oral form - safely search open source information - search information in media, social networks, metadata of web pages, photographs etc.
  • INTRODUCTion (Th 08.10. 8:00;) LECTURE I. (Th 15.10. 8: 00-9: 30): possibilities and limits of intelligence analysis and open sources; LECTURE II. and III (Th 22.10. 8: 00-11: 40) LECTURE II. Intelligence analyst; LECTURE III. critical thinking and structured analytical methods; OSINT SEMINAR I. and II (Thu 05.11. 8: 00-11: 40) SEMINAR I: principles of secure information retrieval; SEMINAR II. webint, deep-web and dark-web (Seminars I. and II. are led by Pavel Titěra); OSINT SEMINAR III. and IV. (Th 12.11. 8: 00-11: 40) SEMINAR III: tools for aggregation of information from open sources; SEMINAR IV. social search tools; geolocation tools for social networks; maps, photographs and video in open sources (Seminars III. and IV. are led by Ondřej Rojčík); STUDENT PRESENTATIONS (Thu 10.12. 8: 00--11: 40); INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION 1 (14.12.-17.11.) Intelligence Analysis - deadline for submission 30.11.2020 to 23:59; INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION 2 (18.-21.01.) Intelligence Analysis 2 - deadline for submission 08.01.2021 to 23:59
    required literature
  • PHERSON, Katherine, Randolph H. PHERSON. Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence. Sage. 2017. xxvii, 376.
  • CLARK, Robert M. Intelligence analysis : a target-centric approach. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks: CQ Press, 2013, xxv, 403. ISBN 9781452206127. info
    recommended literature
  • BAZZELL, Michael. Open source intelligence techniques : resources for searching and analyzing online information. Third edition. Charleston: CCI Publishing, 2014, vi, 403. ISBN 9781494275358. info
  • HEUER, Richards J. Psychology of intelligence analysis. CIA, 1999.
  • MAJOR, James S. Communicating with Intelligence: Writing and Briefing for National Security. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  • RICHARDS, Julian. The art and science of intelligence analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, viii, 197. ISBN 9780199578450. info
  • HEUER, Richards J. and Randolph H. PHERSON. Structured analytic techniques for intelligence analysis. Edited by John McLaughlin. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Sage, 2015, xxi, 361. ISBN 9781452241517. info
  • BEEBE, Sarah Miller and Randolph H. PHERSON. Cases in intelligence analysis : structured analytic techniques in action. Edited by Jack Davis. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Sage, 2015, xlii, 353. ISBN 9781483340166. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, individual intelligence analysis and team presentation.
Assessment methods
To complete the module student is require to attend all the sessions including individual consultations. Oral presentation of an security issue is also a requirement. The final grade is based on two 1500-1750 words (two times six to seven pages) intelligence paper.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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