I wanted to highlight a few things before you start.
Feel free to chose any topic relating to Cyber/Homeland Security. You can research new technologies, security, SCADA, hacking, crypto currency/block chain, spoofing, cloaking, networking, cyber crimes, open source intelligence etc. These topics should tie into homeland security. Case studies, and white papers are excellent resource to build your paper.
You may post your topic on this thread if you’d like, it is not mandatory – it will help keep topics diverse. I have no problem with students submitting papers on the same topic, however, this is an independent research paper. I am expecting original/organic work. Avoid freelance writers, article spinners, and paid papers. These services can jeopardize your overall class grade.
You can submit your research paper by using the “Assignments” link on the left navbar when it becomes available. Your paper will be audited by Turnitin.com. My recommendation is to keep your similarity score lower than 20%.
Research Paper Format:
Students will be required to write a paper (due as per Class Schedule below). This paper will be 15-20 pages in length (not including references, appendices) and will research and analyze a cybersecurity technology, a Cyber security threat/solution matrix or a Cyber War/Cyberpower doctrine. Topics will be discussed with the Professor prior to commencing work. Where helpful, papers should include relevant charts/graphs/graphical models to assist the reader in understanding the material and highlighting key paper points and serve to advance the topics of the paper. All papers will be prepared in accordance with Modern Language Association (MLA) standards for format, citing and documentation of references, etc. as detailed below. Research Papers handed in late will be assessed a one grade penalty after the due date (e.g. from grade of ‘A’ to ‘B’), and decremented another grade for each additional week it is late.
Modern Language Association (MLA) standards:
Modern Language Association (MLA) standards for format, citing and documentation of references etc. are detailed below and at the MLA General Guidelines website www.mla.org: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Papers must be typed on a computer and printed on standard white paper 8.5 inches by 11 inches, portrait.
The text of the paper must be double-spaced using Times New Roman or another similar font, 12 point only.
Leave only one space after periods and other punctuation marks.
The margins of the document must be one inch on all sides. Paragraphs are to be indented one-half inch from the left margin (five spaces or press “Tab” once).
All pages are to be numbered consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top, and flush with the right margin.
Use either italics or underlining consistently throughout the document for the titles of longer works and, only when necessary, to provide emphasis.
Endnotes are to be on a separate page before the Works Cited page.
Student Name/Page number must appear at the top right of every page.