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.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST428. 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:
  • reflect critically on the changes to the role of intelligence in supporting operational investigative objectives (including small and large operations) in multi-disciplinary teams;
  • collect, analyse, consolidate and synthesise operationally relevant information and produce intelligence products;
  • use and apply a range of operationally relevant analytical tools, software and research methodologies to support tactical and/ or /operational intelligence activities;
  • describe and explain a range of trends and threats, and provide solutions and recommendations to address trends and threats;
  • think critically about contemporary issues in information and knowledge management as well as their impact on the operational intelligence practitioner role; and
  • determine key legal and ethical issues for the provision of effective decision making support.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Intelligence and operations
  • Operational context
  • Operational design
  • Tactical intelligence
  • Field intelligence
  • Requirements analysis
  • Operational practice
  • Decision support
  • Operational analysis
  • Evaluation and reporting

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST428 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Indigenous cultural competency scenario
Tactical assessment
Operational planning

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.