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HLSS300 - Research Methods in Homeland Security Studies

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS300 Course ID: 4517 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course must be taken as the first course in the BA in Homeland Security program. This course prepares students to employ basic research methods and writing skills to produce sound research papers and analytical products. Students will learn how to develop the elements of a research strategy, critically read and evaluate data, and communicate their findings in coherent, well-organized written work.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Summarize the scientific method and phases of the basic research cycle.

CO-2: Describe the components of a research paper.

CO-3: Apply scholarly research material.

CO-4: Assess various research approaches, data collection methods and their relative merits in accordance with ethical practices and standards.

CO-5: Produce an empirically based qualitative research paper.

Forum Discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Weekly Assignments – 50 percent

There are 6 assignments for this course and starting in week 2 and ending in week 8. It is imperative that you look at the assignment to get the instructions for the assignments.

Research Paper – 25 percent

There is a research paper due in week 8.

NameGrade %
Weekly Forum Discussions 25.00 %
Week 1 Forum Discussion 3.13 %
Week 2 Forum Discussion 3.13 %
Week 3 Forum Discussion 3.13 %
Week 4 Forum Discussion 3.13 %
Week 5 Forum Discussion 3.13 %
Week 6 Forum Discussion 3.13 %
Week 7 Forum Discussion 3.13 %
Week 8 Forum Discussion 3.13 %
Weekly Assignments 50.00 %
Week 2: Research Question Exercise 16.67 %
Week 4: Article Review Exercise 16.67 %
Week 6: Research Approach Exercise 16.67 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Week 8: Research Paper 25.00 %

All required readings are located under the Lessons tab in the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.