Courses and Course Descriptions

Curriculum Structure and Composition:

    Five (5) Core Knowledge Areas:

    • Core Area 1 -Analytic Strategy – 3 CH
        • LIS 6700 Information, Strategy, and Decision Making
      • Core Area 2 - Analytic Methods - 6 CH
          • LIS 5802 Information Analytics
          • LIS 6702 Advanced Intelligence Analytic Methods
        • Core Area 3 - Applied Informatics – 9 CH
            • LIS 6260 Introduction to Information Science & Technology
            • LIS 5937 Advanced Information Retrieval OR Open Source Intelligence
            • LIS 6703 Core Concepts in Intelligence
          • Core Area 4 - Communication - 3 CH
              • LIS 6107 Professional and Technical Communication for Analysts
            • Core Area 5 - Project Management - 3 CH
                • LIS 5937 Project Management OR
                    • ISM 6316 Project Management
                    • PAD 6134 Project Management


                Selected in consultation with the program advisor. Although the entire program can be completed online, student are permitted, if they wish, to take sections of approved program courses on campus, with permission of the instructor.

              • Cyber Intelligence Concentration Requirements:
                  • LIS 6709 Cyber Intelligence
                  • LIS 6670 Advanced Cyber Intelligence
                • Experiential Learning Requirement – 3 CH
                    • Internship or Equivalent Required
                  • Capstone Requirement – 3 CH
                      • Integrated Portfolio of Competencies Required

                      Course Descriptions

                      LIS 6700 Information, Strategy, and Decision Making This course explores definitions, theories and applied frameworks for understanding information, knowledge, and strategy. It reviews the history of strategic thought and strategy assessment in security and business contexts. Students learn to evaluate possible courses of action, and project and explain actions by assessing an agent’s (or organization’s) strategic interests and circumstances.

                      LIS 6107 Professional and Technical Communication for Analysts This “problem-based learning” course will enhance students’ ability to effectively communicate the results of detailed analytic work. Exercises will focus on writing concise analytic reports, delivering incisive oral briefings, and using charts, graphics, and visual aids to explain complex data analysis and reinforce narrative concepts. This “problem-based learning” course will enhance students’ ability to effectively communicate -- in written products and oral briefings -- the results of detailed intelligence/information analytic work.

                      LIS 6702 Advanced Intelligence Analytic Methods This course will provide a foundation for analytic and quantitative reasoning. It focuses on advanced, applied skills for problems analysis, problem solving and decision-making. It is designed to help the student apply the rigor of the scientific method to strategy and information analysis. The course will draw on the decision sciences to teach students about the strengths and limitations of human judgment and decision-making and in algorithmic models and simulations, and how to mitigate the impact of bias in each. Students will also be introduced to several structured analytic techniques commonly used in intelligence analysis.

                      LIS 6703 Core Concepts in Intelligence This course introduces intelligence theories and application, beginning with a review of how intelligence and counterintelligence have been used over the centuries. It will describe the structure, responsibilities and capabilities of agencies and institutions in the US Intelligence Community and introduce general characteristics of foreign intelligence services. It will explore the different disciplines of intelligence and review the processes of intelligence planning, collection and analysis.

                      LIS 6709 Cyber Intelligence This course builds a foundation for understanding how cyber intelligence and counterintelligence can support cybersecurity and contribute more broadly to an enterprise or national security mission. It traces the history of cyber threats; evaluates the different forms of cyber conflict from hacktivism to cyber warfare; identifies and describes some of the key states and non-state actors posing a threat to cybersecurity; describe what is currently known about “insider threats” to information systems; examines how espionage (national and corporate) is evolving in the cyber realm; reviews research on cyberbehavior and its implications for the “human dimension” of cybersecurity; and explores how to integrate technical, social and strategic data in cyber threat analysis.

                      LIS 6670 Advanced Cyber Intelligence This course build on the foundations of Cyber Intelligence and focuses on applying intelligence analytic methods to plan, collect, process, analyze, produce and disseminate cyber intelligence products. Students will learn to apply intelligence analytic methods to create actionable intelligence products that support a cybersecurity mission.

                      LIS 5802 Information Analytics In this course Students will learn to formulate analyzable questions, to locate and search available databases and information retrieval systems more effectively; to identify and evaluate credible sources; and to analyze existing data to generate new knowledge.

                      LIS 5937 Advanced Information Retrieval This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of Information Storage and Retrieval Systems (ISRS). It will focus on the theory and core concepts of information retrieval systems, introduce the basic principles of information representation, storage formats and different processing, and retrieval techniques and query representation.

                      LIS 6260 Information Science Foundations This course covers the fundamental issues in information science and technology, with appropriate historical background and theoretical grounding. Topics covered include information needs, seeking, and use; representation and organization of information; computers and networks; structured information systems; information systems applications; users perspectives in information systems; social informatics; communication using information technologies; information policy; and the information profession.

                      LIS 5937 Project Management This course focuses on key issues in managing the development and implementation of strategic projects within and organization. Students will learn the fundamentals of project management and the system development life cycle and how to apply what they learn in specific project environments. Topics include project planning, cost estimation, project quality management, risk management, project control and project close out.