JST428 Operational Intelligence (8)

This subject provides students with a sound knowledge in the practice of operational intelligence, including tactical intelligence. The subject will equip students with an understanding of operational intelligence principles, and mastery of the relevant industry skill sets required to work effectively as an intelligence practitioner in tactical or operational intelligence environments.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • reflect critically on the changes to the role of intelligence in supporting operational investigative objectives (including small and large operations) in multi-disciplinary law enforcement teams.
  • collect, analyse, consolidate and synthesise operationally relevant information and produce reports (such as problem profiles, target profiles, and operational assessments) that can describe and explain a range of criminal trends and threats, and provide solutions and recommendations to address these.
  • use a range of operationally relevant analytical tools, software and research methodologies; (eg, SWOT, PESTEL, flow charts and quantitative analysis) in supporting tactical/operational analysis and demonstrate being able to apply appropriate techniques to a range of analytical problems.
  • think critically about contemporary issues in information management, knowledge management and how they impact on being a tactical/operational intelligence practitioner.
  • identify and critically evaluate the key contemporary legal and ethical issues relating to practicing operational intelligence in the national security, law enforcement and other intelligence contexts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to investigation principles
  • Overview of intelligence practice in tactical and operational contexts
  • Operational collection issues
  • Operational analysis issues
  • Operational intelligence: ethical and legal dimensions
  • Evaluation of intelligence practice in tactical and operational environments


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.