JST450 Introduction to Intelligence (8)

This subject provides the student with an introductory overview to the theory and practice of intelligence. It will equip the student with a foundational understanding of and knowledge about intelligence theory, the contexts of intelligence practice, intelligence analysis and the role of intelligence. Moreover, this subject introduces the basic skills that analysts and intelligence professionals need to meet the obligations of their role.

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST450. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Demonstrate application of knowledge of a range of contemporary intelligence practitioner issues and problems (particularly related to the role of intelligence, technology, ethics, management, and the role of the private sector).
  • Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of intelligence contexts, including preparing intelligence briefs and evaluating case studies.
  • Be able to demonstrate highly developed written communication skills in the context of intelligence briefs and other written tasks.
  • Demonstrate through written intelligence products, advanced cognitive skills and the ability to evaluate complex problems.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topic 1 - The CSU Intelligence analysis program
  • Topic 2 - Critical reasoning and analysis
  • Topic 3 - Intelligence basics
  • Topic 4 - The intelligence professional
  • Topic 5 - Intelligence, ethics and the law
  • Topic 6 - National Security Intelligence
  • Topic 7 - Military Intelligence
  • Topic 8 - Criminal Intelligence
  • Topic 9 - Intelligence in the private sector


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.