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Title: Information Analyst Curriculum Development


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Information Analyst Curriculum Development
Research Progress Review - 2006
  • Dr. John B. Noftsinger, Jr.
  • Dr. Stephen H. Stewart
  • Mr. Kenneth F. Newbold, Jr.
  • Patricia Higgins
  • Benjamin Delp
  • September 8th, 2006

2
Top Level Summary
  • Effort Objective(s) To develop an undergraduate
    degree program focused on developing Information
    Analysts to meet the growing national need in the
    public and private sectors.
  • ApproachOrganized a team of faculty members
    from three colleges to develop the necessary
    components of a new academic program.
  • Tasks
  • Convene interdisciplinary planning group to
    outline program needs
  • Develop learning objectives
  • Submit program proposal to appropriate academic
    approval committees
  • Present program to university Board of Visitors
  • Submit final program proposal to the State
    Council for Higher Education of Virginia

3
Accomplishments
  • Deliverables, Target Dates
  • Presentations at National Colloquia (May June
    2006)
  • Course Design (Fall 2006)
  • Initial Course Offerings (Fall 2007)
  • Summary of Accomplishments, Results
  • Learning Objectives (August 2005)
  • Proposal to Curriculum Committees (September
    2005)
  • Presentation to Board of Visitors (Approved-June
    2006)
  • Applications
  • Proposal Submitted for IC Center of Excellence
    (July 2006)

4
Courses
  • Information Analysis
  • Intro to Information Analysis I II
  • This introductory course will familiarize
    students with the history of information
    gathering and analysis.
  • Techniques in Information Analysis I II
  • Techniques in Information Analysis will focus on
    the methodologies behind software tools in an
    effort to better understand the problem a tool is
    best suited to solve/understand.
  • Reporting for Information Analysis
  • Students will learn effective interpersonal
    skills in teams or groups by synthesizing
    opinions, mediating conflicts, and reaching group
    consensus.
  • Human and Artificial Intelligence
  • Through the use of texts, computer modeling, and
    tabletop scenarios, the student will learn
    multiple data streams, their possible sources,
    and expected reliability.

5
Courses
  • Information Analysis
  • Case Studies in Information
  • Using detailed case studies, students will
    individually and collectively analyze divergent
    scenarios relating to the gathering, analysis,
    and dissemination of intelligence in the
    government, military, and private sectors.
  • Internship for Information Analysts
  • Provides students with opportunities for
    experiential learning in the information analysis
    field.
  • Information Analyst Capstone
  • An in-depth research project will be completed,
    allowing students to draw lessons from previous
    coursework and related experience to demonstrate
    command of pertinent scholarly knowledge.

6
Courses
  • Mathematics and computing
  • Statistics I II
  • Computer programming
  • Database Design
  • Critical thinking
  • Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • Causal Thinking
  • Counterfactual Reasoning
  • Rational Decision Theory

7
Courses
  • Social/political theory
  • Politics of cultural pluralism
  • International security in the post-cold war world
  • Political geography
  • Political analysis in a Cross-national
    perspective

8
Critical Thinking
  • Building on the General Education Program, the
    Department of Philosophy and Religion has
    developed a set of courses to support the IA
    program. These courses make the JMU IA program
    unique. The courses are
  • Causal Thinking
  • Counterfactual Reasoning
  • Rational Decision Theory

9
Partnership with Industry
  • Analyst Notebook Worlds leading analytical
    product, is used by more than 2000 organizations.
    Provides an environment for effective link and
    timeline analysis. It is the de facto standard
    for this type of analysis worldwide and is an
    essential visualization application.
  • Causeway Designed to assist people in analyzing
    complex problems and issues, especially when
    empirical information is sparse or uncertain.
  • Structured Analysis Evidentiary System (SEAS) A
    software tool developed for intelligence analysts
    that records analytic reasoning and methods,
    supports collaborative analysis across
    contemporary and historical situations and
    analysts, and has broad applicability beyond
    intelligence analysis

10
Future Plans
  • What are your projects unique selling points?
  • Unique model of liberal arts and technology
  • Only undergraduate IA program in Virginia
  • Who would be interested in funding your research?
  • Intelligence Community
  • Private Sector
  • Recommended next steps
  • Market IA Curriculum to students
  • Advance research component
  • Continued engagement in academic community
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