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Armchair Intelligence - Open Sources and Online Investigation (Module)

Module description

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.


  • To provide students with a specialised knowledge of the nature and evolution of open source investigation in the intelligence arena and beyond;
  • To provide students with an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual debates underpinning the evolution of open source intelligence;
  • To provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of how open source investigation is being used to support information and intelligence needs across a range of different industries;
  • To introduce students to the core methods and approaches underpinning open source investigations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have demonstrated:

  • A sophisticated understanding of the main theoretical debates framing the evolution of open source intelligence;
  • An ability to engage critically with the concept of open source intelligence and understand its potential and limitations in a rapidly evolving information environment;
  • An understanding of the ways in which the emergence of new platforms for information exchange and delivery has impacted on security-related issues such as proliferation, illicit trade, verification and policing;
  • The development of critical analysis, independent judgment, and oral and written presentation to a level commensurate with taught post-graduate study.

Staff information

Dr Matthew Moran*

Dr Christopher Hobbs*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a one term 20-credit module, this will equate to 20 hours of teaching (2 hours per week) with 180 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework only*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM077

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 20

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No