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2 years

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Brayford Pool

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INSRMNMS

MSc Innovation in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Develop the knowledge, skills, and critical understanding of ISR within the wider Intelligence Systems environment, alongside and a thorough technological understanding of hardware and software systems in a range of environments and across a wide range of platforms.

Key Information

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

INSRMNMS

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

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Welcome to MSc Innovation in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

The Innovation in Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Management MSc (ISR) is designed to bring together practitioners from a wide area of ISR systems in a comprehensive academic programme. The programme has been developed in order to provide a route by which military personnel of appropriate experience and expertise can obtain an in-service academic qualification.

The course is designed to integrate military training and education within an academic framework. Students combine the study of specialist subject matter within an academic framework, which provides opportunity for critical and analytical engagement. Through this programme students can validate their expertise and experience and obtain recognised qualifications which also have credibility outside the military sphere.

Please contact us for further details:

Dr Olivier Szymanezyk: oszymanezyk@lincoln.ac.uk

Postgraduate Enquiries: +44 (0)1522 886644

How You Study

This course aims to develop the knowledge, skills and a critical understanding of ISR within the wider Intelligence Systems environment. It also provides the opportunity to develop a thorough technological understanding of hardware and software systems, in a range of environments and across a wide range of platforms used in this field. This can be achieved by studying and researching a range of key disciplines, reflecting, researching and critically evaluating doctrine and procedures within the ISR sphere of operations.

Students experience a combination of different techniques including a “hands-on” practical approach to scenarios and workshops, debates, lectures and personal research. Students will be expected to examine and professionally evaluate operational and technical aspects of ISR management by reflection and the preparation of essays, presentations and research projects.

Analytical skills are developed by critically evaluating thinking, action and structural factors operating in the area of ISR, including underlying assumptions, and identifying implications for wider systems that extend the area of practice. The development of practical skills is progressive and is supported with mentor guidance and supporting material. Individual lecturers will have different areas of expertise and will employ a wide variety of teaching strategies enhancing the experience and providing a range of teaching approaches to the programme.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module provides the opportunity for students to explore advanced concepts surrounding the tactical application of ISR. Students are expected to appraise the processes and methods associated with planning operations while evaluating the associated planning model. In addition, this module provides students with the chance to consolidate the knowledge and skills developed in earlier modules. Students can also engage in planning the tactical application of ISR, generating associated documents, plans and briefs through delivery of a dynamic exercise.

Module Overview

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop a foundation knowledge of the processes and principles of Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR). The module will guide students through the principles of weapons employment, the intelligence cycle, and provide an understanding of the structure of multi-national intelligence organisations and the fundamentals of ISR management.

Module Overview

This module explores the concepts and capabilities of the various types of intelligence, the concepts, operation and performance of intelligence gathering technologies, and the functions and considerations of ISR/ISTAR within LAND formations.

Module Overview

This module aims to develop core skills and knowledge and an understanding of an operational ISR environment, evaluating the application of tactics across multi-platform ISR technologies. Students will be expected to develop a full appreciation of contemporary and emerging ISR technologies and estimate the impact these will have upon the joint environment.

Module Overview

This module presents students with the opportunity to evaluate theory and the application of in a practical context, focusing on an area of particular personal and professional interest, through the development of a dissertation and normally a substantive systems implementation.

The research project is an individual piece of work, which provides the chance for students to apply and integrate elements of study from a range of modules, centred on a specific research question or questions formulated by the student with support from a supervisor.

Students are normally required to undertake the creation of a project that is both non-trivial in scale and goals and supported by the appropriate adaptation and use of theoretical frameworks. The work should also normally draw upon and enrich students' own experiences.

Module Overview

This module is designed to cover the fundamental skills and background knowledge that students need to undertake research related to the title of the award being studied, including: surveying literature; selecting and justifying a research topic; planning of research; selection of appropriate research methods; evaluation of research; presentation and reporting of research; and legal, social, ethical and professional considerations.

Module Overview

This module will explore the varying applications of ISR, focusing on different agencies and organisation in a comparative study. Students can explore the management and application of ISR within the US Military complex alongside the functional ISR capabilities of the Met Police. Students will also have the chance to evaluate generic ISR effects, contextualising these effects through exploration of the explicit ISR requirements of the naval fleet.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

Assessments take place towards the end of the study module encouraging consolidation of knowledge and skills developed during the module intensive delivery period. All study modules include coursework elements for both summative and formative assessment.

Reports and assignments are used to assess knowledge and understanding, critical analysis, development of reasoned argument and synthesis of conclusions. Oral presentation skills are assessed in the context of consideration of professional issues when students present to peers the results of some group work. Practical implementation assignments assess both programming and design skills.

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers or through discussion in tutorials.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Entry Requirements 2019-20

The programme is only available to those applicants who are currently serving military personnel with ISR experience or those who have recently left the armed forces but are employed in an associated relevant profession. Normally applicants will have a first degree (usually at 2:1 or greater) and/or appropriate experience in the related military field.

Career Opportunities and Professional Development

This course has been developed in order to provide a route by which military personnel of appropriate experience and expertise can obtain a credible in-service academic qualification. Students combine the study of specialist subject matter within an academic framework, which provides opportunity for critical and analytical engagement. Through this programme students can validate their expertise and experience and obtain recognised qualifications which also have credibility outside the military sphere.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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