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OSEEC is collecting, processing refining and exploiting multiple sources of digital information for a specific investigative requirement.


  • Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT) online course
  • Theoretical and practical learning, including software training
  • Taught online on Ulster University’s Blackboard Learn (BBL)
  • 3-day course; candidates have 3-weeks online access to complete
  • Successful candidates receive 15 academic credits at Level 4 from Ulster University
  • eLearning through video lectures, written lectures and practical video tutorials
  • eTutors monitor progress, course discussion boards and host live video webinars
  • “Dark Web Investigations” is our next course coming soon!

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About this course

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OSEEC is an online course available through Ulster University’s e-learning portal, BlackboardLearn (BBL). In partnership with Chenega, the course has been designed by academics and Subject Matter Experts in counter-terrorism, cyber security, intelligence, programming and network engineering. OSEEC gives candidates a detailed insight into the prevalence of cybercrime in the digital era and the importance of cyber security. The course provides training in intelligence gathering, advanced research techniques, investigative resources and social media monitoring using market leading software developed in Silicon Valley.


  • Open Source Intelligence
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Deep and Dark Web
  • Investigation and Anonymization
  • Web Scraping and Data Mining
  • Encryption Software and COMSEC
  • Geolocation and Image Metadata

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OSEEC online e-tutoring consists of video lectures, written lectures, practical video tutorials with accompanying documents and pre-recorded webinars. E-tutors monitor candidate’s progress and host live webinars using Blackboard Collaborate. This is a 3-day course, however, candidates have 3 weeks’ access to BBL to complete the course and all assessment. Candidates are assessed through practical exercises (10%), reflective logs (10%), multiple-choice assessment (10%), case studies (30%) and written assignment (40%). Certificate issue and academic accreditation (15 credits, level 4) from Ulster University are subject to completion and submission of all assessment.


This is a fully online course which requires 3 full days commitment although candidiates have three weeks in which to complete the course.

Professional recognition

This course is a Chenega Professional Qualification in partnership with Ulster University

Academic profile

Christie Campagna

Has worked in this industry for 21 years, 15 of which have been as a Chenega employee or consultant. She has worked on programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the High Performance Computing Center for DoD and USSOUTHCOM. She has experience as a trainer, programmer, network engineer, systems analyst and program manager.

Raymond ‘Al’ Burroughs

Has 28 years as an intelligence professional for DoD and commercial organizations. He served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer, during which he led a multi-national, theater-level Intelligence detachment which achieved proven results during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as the USSOUTHCOM theater where he developed comprehensive intelligence products resulting in multiple successful operations against narco-terrorists and insurgent organizations. Al joined Chenega in 2014 as an accounts manager/intelligence analyst. He has trained customers and analysts in basic and advanced software analytical techniques.

Jessica Matchett

Is a senior research analyst at Chenega. She is fluent in French and Spanish, speaks German and is studying Arabic. Jessica provides open source intelligence (OSINT) analysis, risk assessment and threat analysis in a range of languages.

Entry requirements

This course is open for direct application. There are no prior qualifications required, but we would suggest that applicants can provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE English Language grades A-C or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent

Start dates

  • 1 June 2017
How to apply


Please contact the Centre for Flexible and Continuning Education to complete the Application Process

How to apply

Start dates

  • 1 June 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees information

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available at


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