JST478 Imagery and Geo-spatial Intelligence (8)

This subject provides students with a detailed body of knowledge relating to the application of imagery and geo-spatial intelligence collection and analytical tools to a range of intelligence contexts (national security, policing and emerging practice areas). Students will apply this body of knowledge to different operational intelligence scenarios in the subject in order consolidate new skills learnt.  In particular, students will complete mock assessment tasks using relevant imagery and geo-spatial technology analytical skills learnt in the subject. These technical skills are directly applicable to the intelliegence officer's workplace.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Assumed Knowledge

The subject assumes that students have an understanding of basic intelligence principles.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding and mastery of key technical skills related to imagery and geo-spatial intelligence to a variety of mock scenarios
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the key ethical and professional issues relevant to imagery and geo-spatial intelligence
  • be able to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise advanced knowledge in imagery and geo-spatial intelligence applications to a range of intelligence settings
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of geo-spatial theoretical concepts in different intelligence contexts
  • be able to think critically about the current and emerging intelligence environments and the challenges in using imagery intellligence


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to imagery and geo-spatial intelligence
  • Theoretical applications
  • Application areas in national security, policing and emerging intelligence practice
  • New technlogical advancements and challenges

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST478 in Session 3 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 %
Discussion forum: short answers
Practical data analysis
Briefing paper (incl practical - data analysis)

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.