2021-2022 Catalog Updates

CJ 410 Risk Assessment and Prevention (NS or SS)

This course will provide a foundation for Intelligence, risk analysis, and analytic reasoning. It focuses on using the tools of empiricism and science for 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 how to mitigate the impact of bias in each. Specifically, the focus will play the role of an intelligence analyst and apply these techniques to a variety of hands-on risk management scenarios concerning business, military, corporate espionage, and public administration.




  1. This course will prepare students to:
  2. Define a problem, intelligence question, and/or research question.
  3. Be able to distinguish between a simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic problem.
  4. Understand the information environment and assess information quality.
  5. Identify the methodology and techniques most appropriate to address the question.
  6. Understand the benefits and limitations of each technique.
  7. Know when and how to use each technique properly.
  8. Put together an intelligence product using appropriate methodology and techniques for the question.
  9. Be able to discuss thoroughly the usefulness and limitations of an analytic product, piece of research, and/or any other item of information that an intelligence analyst is likely to use.