The course grade is based on the following assessments:
Discussion Forums: 20 percent
Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two 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. (Assignment Length: Main Posts are at least 500 word minimum with a 250 word minimum response to at least two classmates).
White Paper: 20 percent
This is an opportunity for the student to identify a key Signals Intelligence-related issue and to develop a white paper that takes a specific stance at resolving the issue. Students will identify and summarize the key points of the issue up front, develop the issue’s background and identify key problems, identify solutions, and wrap-up the issue by concluding with key facts. (Assignment Length: 5-6 pages).
Literature Review: 25 percent
Literature reviews are designed to do two things: 1) give the reader an overview of sources you have explored while researching a particular topic or idea and 2) demonstrate how your research fits into the larger field of study, in this case, Signals Intelligence. Your literature review should have between 10 -15 sources. (Assignment Length: 6-8 pages).
Final Paper: 35 percent
Based on the White Paper and Literature Review, students will complete a Final Paper consisting of 13-15 pages. The page length does not include the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.