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National Security Analysis FSCT 8482

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course is designed to expose students to a wide range of analytical techniques that are essential to protecting the interests of national security. Students will conduct the applied research and use advanced analytical methods to prepare collection plans and threat assessments on individuals or groups who pose a threat to national security. The course also examine the use advanced data mining tools, techniques and methods to expose and to determine the scope, nature and impact of their threat to national security, law and order.






Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of FSCT 8482 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 73053


Wed Jan 11 - Wed Apr 05 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 73053
  • $777.46
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 11 - Apr 05 Wed 18:00 - 21:30 Online

Bob Young

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This course will be taught ONLINE and classes will be LIVE. Attendance is mandatory (synchronous). There is no textbook required and the instructor will distribute the course material in class. Your instructor will email you before the start of this course with further details. Co-instructor for this course is Cyril Sweetville. Students who have been accepted into a Forensic Science program where this course is a part of the program matrix may register without any further approvals. Students who are not currently accepted in a Forensics program or, if this course is NOT part of your program matrix, please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval @ For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit:

Sneak Preview

This section is only available for registration starting Wed October 26, 2022 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the role, application and potential of intelligence analysis in safeguarding and advancing national security interests.
  • Define terrorism, explain the differences between criminals and terrorism and account for the various forms of terrorism in existence today.
  • Profile terrorist and extremist subjects and groups, detail their modus operandi and philosophy and learn how to disseminate information to national security and law enforcement agencies.
  • Examine the importance of open source intelligence in addressing terrorism. Apply knowledge of Internet-based and open-source research to collect, collate and analyze multiple sources of information from free and fee-based information vendors.
  • Reveal terrorist and extremist cells using data mining software (i2 Analyst's Notebook, Online iLink and Text Chart and partners: Dunn & Bradstreet and LexisNexis SmartLinx,). Students will build on their familiarity with i2 products by analyzing high volume data and employing advanced techniques such as clustering and network analysis.
  • Employ i2 Text Chart to collect unstructured, text-based data for conversion into a structured graphic format. Utilize i2 Text Chart with iBase and i2 Analyst's Notebook to visualize information in reports, keep track of salient facts across multiple documents, focus on the most relevant data, and identify missing or erroneous details and share information with other agencies.
  • Analyze disparate text-based data from online information vendors (i.e., Dunn & Bradstreet & LexisNexis) using Online iLink to generate leads or reveal evidentiary linkages on known or suspected terrorist and extremist cells.
  • Interpret analytical findings relating to national security, law and order.
  • Prepare threat and vulnerability assessments on individuals, terrorist groups and extremist cells that pose a threat to government and society.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2006

Related Programs

National Security Analysis (FSCT 8482) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Bachelor of Technology Part-time


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