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Research Project Preparation
This assignment supports Capstone Research Project, an original research and analysis report in homeland security. Select one of the research project topics provided below. Then, complete the following initial writing assignment for approval of their research topic.
Counterterrorism activities and programs in aviation security or law enforcement.
General Counterterrorism ( see Preventing Terrorism Links to an external site.)
Aviation (see Transportation Security Links to an external site.)
Law Enforcement (see Law Enforcement Partnerships Links to an external site.)
Border security activities and programs in protecting America (See Border Security Links to an external site.)
Preparedness, response and recovery activities, and programs in disaster response or disaster recovery (See Disasters Links to an external site.)
Immigration activities and programs in immigration enforcement (See Immigration Enforcement Links to an external site.)
Homeland security activities and programs in cybersecurity and privacy protection (See Cybersecurity Links to an external site.)
Identify a Research Question
Building from your Week 1 reading assignment, clearly identify your research question and then explain in one paragraph why this is an important research question for study in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Create Three Research Hypotheses
Prior to writing your three hypotheses, review the video Hypothesis 101 (and other Social Science concepts) Links to an external site. by Dr. Wollman from the Naval Post Graduate School (transcript available here Download here). Having identified a research question, create three separate research hypotheses which might explain your research question. For each hypothesis, explain in at least two paragraphs why this research hypothesis may explain the research question. Identify common arguments from the media and in academia which make this hypothesis relevant to the research question.
The Research Project Preparation paper
Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style Links to an external site. as outlined in the UAGC Writing Center.
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
Must use at least two scholarly, peer-reviewed, or credible sources in addition to the course text.
The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources Links to an external site. table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the UAGC Writing Center.
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the UAGC Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your