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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Whether you have experience of OSINT or you are an absolute beginner, this course will be of benefit to you, either as a professional working in private investigations, journalism, law enforcement, military, or analysis or in your own personal day to day interaction online. The course covers all aspects of OSINT, from the tools and techniques needed to research and capture the content in a secure and ethical way, to the careful analysis which is required to produce a professional report.
Some of our previous students include:
Open-source information is defined as:
"Information and data from publicly available sources including information obtained from the media (newspapers, radio, television, social media), professional and academic records (papers, conferences, professional associations), and public data (government reports, demographics, hearings, speeches)."
When gathering open-source information, be it for an investigation, market research, or analysis, it is essential to only collect this information from publicly available sources. Privately sourced data or information could be a breach of ethics and/or legislation, depending on the country you are working within.
Ethics are the moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity. Ethics are paramount to Open-Source Intelligence with regards to respect for the autonomy, privacy, and dignity of individuals and communities. Advances in technology extend the opportunities for data collection and analysis, which also introduce additional complexities around our adherence to established ethical principles. Open Source Intelligence must only involve the collection of publicly available data and information.
Our courses are designed to be studied on a part time basis over a four-week period however, this time frame is flexible and any of the courses can be completed within a shorter time frame on a full-time basis if necessary. The main criteria is that all the course material is studied and all of the assignments are completed and a pass obtained in each one.
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Students do not need any prior knowledge of Open Source Intelligence. Students will be given all the tools they require to study our course in the form of a preparatory module which will be distributed before the course commences. The preparatory module contains course specific prerequisite material on social networking, web browsers, search engines and capture tools. Students are expected to understand the prerequisite material to ensure everyone commences learning on an equal standing.
Students enrolled on this course will be required to:
Our e-Tutors monitor student’s progress, facilitate peer discussion on the course discussion boards and host live sessions on Blackboard Collaborate upon request. Our e-Tutors are available to contact each day throughout the duration of the course. Online teaching is comprised of the following elements, with the addition of support resources and recommended and required reading material:
To achieve the qualification and academic accreditation, students must successfully complete all units within each learning module, including lectures, practicals, and assessments. Students are assessed using a range of practical exercises.
The final written assignment is worth 50% of the course marks and involves an essay that should be at least 750 words and must be evidenced and properly-referenced.
All assessments must be completed in English.
This is a pass/fail course and students must attain a 40% pass mark.
Feedback & Credits
All students will receive grades and feedback on their performance. Students are offered more in-depth confidential personal feedback upon request. Although personal feedback is optional, students are encouraged to take up the offer, as the feedback gives an opportunity to talk through the results.
Once a student has been registered onto the course with Ulster University, the option for a refund will no longer be available.
There are many Open-Source Intelligence Tools that assist in the collection, processing, and analyzing of publicly available data and information. In our Open-Source Intelligence course, we take the student through all the different OSINT tools and techniques which can be utilized in a safe, structured, and ethical way.
All students will receive a level 4 certificate from Ulster University upon completion of the course. Certificates are issued by the Ulster University Exam Board. The Exam Board meets twice annually for Winter and Summer Graduations (February and July). Students should expect to receive their course certificate at the relevant graduation period. For example, if a student completes the course in October, they should expect to receive their certificate during the Winter graduation period in February.