Course Summary
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3 days (24 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 2 intelligence studies


The course objective is to help analysts improve the quality of their communication, analysis, and reporting through the process of asking better questions. Analysts will learn to ask better questions for the purposes of target exploitation and development, and intelligence dissemination. This process is designed to increase the "fitness for use" of the data and analysis for the customer's needs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • understand national security context of the task
  • develop a better sense of their customer’s unique needs, interests, and perspectives
  • identify and control for sources of personal cognitive bias
  • recognize system dynamics that create process bias
  • understand the role of value assumptions in structuring analysis
  • understand their unique expertise within the organization and how to proactively engage their data streams and other responsibilities
  • recognize and deal more effectively with ambiguity
  • recognize and avoid different types of error in generating conclusions from data
  • recognize and avoid common logical fallacies
  • analyze and improve logic flows and their clarity

General Course Topics:

  • Analytic inquiry model
  • Exploring and refining customer needs
  • Customer requirements analysis and clarification
  • Clarifying the analytic charge
  • Managing analytic bias and assumptions
  • Framing and refining analytic questions
  • Effective use of anticipatory questions
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes

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Supplemental Materials