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


Study Open Source Evidential Exploitation OSEEC at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Open Source Evidential Exploitation (OSEEC) is defined as collecting, processing, (to include foreign language translation) refining and exploiting multiple sources of information from publically available digital media to an appropriate audience for the purpose of a specific investigative requirement. Exploitation technology and software produces real-time streaming, trends, leaderboards, influencers, visuals and reports. The intelligence gained from open source evidential exploitation can be utilised by a range of sectors, such as business, marketing, law enforcement, security and government. Examples of open source evidential exploitation in use can include: to support criminal investigators and investigations; to determine public sentiment in current interest areas and to explore market opportunities in untested interest areas. OSEEC has been designed to give students a detailed insight into open source information outlets and provide practical training in investigative resources and advanced research techniques.

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About this course

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Course Aims

  • To provide and deliver realistic, structured course which is relevant to the role of Open Source Evidential Exploitation.
  • To provide current guidance and clarity for candidates involved in open source exploitation researching and intelligence development.
  • To train and educate candidates with the opportunities to practice and apply open source exploitation techniques utilising the guidance of Subject Matter Experts.
  • To train and educate candidates to the desired level of competence within open source evidential exploitation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Open Source Evidential Exploitation Course, the candidate will be able to understand the contextual aspects of open source interrogation, namely:

  • Understand the methodical and technical fundamentals that underpin rigorous social media analysis and reporting.
  • Understand the difference between social network analysis, in depth content analysis, image analysis, communication exploitation and comparative analysis.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge and recollection of social media analysis and reporting.
  • Demonstrate their application and ability of in depth content analysis, image analysis, communication exploitation and comparative analysis.

Course Prerequisite

A preparatory module will be available on Blackboard Learn (BBL) prior to course commencement with course specific prerequisite material on social networking, web browsers and search engines. Before attending the course, students are expected to utilise the prerequisite material should they require a refreshers course or knowledge does not meet entry level standards. A brief overview of this material and short competency quiz will then be administered on Day 1 (see course timetable) to ensure all students commence learning on an equal standing. Successfully completing the prerequisite competency quiz is mandatory in order to receive academic accreditation at the end of the course.

Students enrolled on this course will be required to:

  • Have access to a PC, laptop or tablet.
  • Download and install a web browser application (Windows Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox). Prior to accessing WeLink, students must ensure they have the latest version of web browser. Google Chrome is the preferred browser for WeLink.
  • Have a firm understanding of how to use web browsers.
  • Download and install Tor for in class training and practical exercises.
  • Be familiar with web search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing).
  • Have a basic understanding of how to use web search engines –
  • Be familiar with popular social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).
  • Have a basic understanding of how to use social media platforms – status updates,
  • Be familiar with webpages, websites and capture tools (i.e. screenshot)
  • Create an alias account on either Facebook or Twitter (Twitter preferred) and start establishing a social network. Students should not connect their personal social media accounts to WeLink.
  • Submit a 200-word minimum personal profile detailing their professional and/or academic background, why they have registered for OSEEC and what they wish to achieve from the course.

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Assessments include:

In-Class Exercises – Practical exercises will be carried out throughout the duration of the course, as well as in-class quizzes to ensure students have gained a thorough understanding of subject areas prior to submitting subsequent written assignments.

Reflective Logs – Reflective log due at the end of each teaching day, to include 3 positive points and 3 negative points of learning..

Case Study Analysis (20 minutes minimum) – Analytical report on a WeLink case study covered in class, to include screen shots of evidential findings and data analytics, as well as reference research methodologies. Students must present their findings on the final day of teaching in groups of maximum 5 people per group..

Written Assignment (500 words minimum) – Synopsis of a current event when open source evidential exploitation could have assisted law enforcement to prosecute, intercept or prevent a crime.

Within the assessment centre, the Subject Matter Experts use Observe, Record, Classify and Evaluate (ORCE) model of assessment, which is a universally recognised and applied model of assessment. All assessed work is marked on a pass/fail basis.


The course can be dlivered flexibly to suit the students needs.

Professional recognition

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

Academic profile


John Roberts is a security cleared Law Enforcement practitioner with a history of involvement in counter terrorist investigations. He has an accredited career over 4 decades within the UK security forces. He has experience of working with partner security agencies within the UK, EU, the Middle East and the USA. John has been active in the design and implementation of training courses throughout his career and. is an associate lecturer of Ulster University. He holds a BA in Leadership and Management, and an MA in Financial Investigation and Financial Crime.

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.

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 February 2017
How to apply


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

How to apply

Start dates

  • 1 February 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees information

Module is priced for applicants from Northern Ireland and EU. If you are a GB or International applicant, please contact us for pricing.

Scholarships, awards and prizes

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