analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in a logical fashion.
The topic must clearly relate in some clear way to homeland security, and preferably also to critical infrastructure protection. I need to approve the choices, so the earlier you select, the better.
When selecting a topic, keep in mind that your paper must analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in a logical fashion. A topic that presents the application of concepts, for example, would be too shallow because it lacks evaluation of the information. Also not acceptable are papers that are basically mash-ups or “regurgitation” of information copied-and-pasted from various sources; your paper must demonstrate your own original work and critical thinking.
Required Elements of the Research Topic Descriiption
1. A thesis statement or abstract, describing the problem area you intend to address. The problem area should be focused rather than broad and suitable for you to evaluate information gathered in your research and cogently analyze that information. For example: This paper will examine the history of regulations, standards, industry collaboration, training and exercising for crisis communications and public warnings involved with nuclear power plant drills and incidents.
2. Your research strategy, which may include one or more of the following:
a. Gather information from sources such as academic journals, books or government publications;
b. Conduct interviews with, for example, subject matter experts;
c. Collect data for analysis, whether through surveys, observations, or experiments.
3. The names of at least 2 scholarly articles or books or substantive government documents (not just informational websites or fact sheets) you intend to use as sources of information. (For the final paper, you will need at least 5 scholarly or government items as sources, plus 5 more sources = a total of 10 sources minimum.)