The course grade is based on the following assessments:
Discussion Forums – 20 percent
Weekly forum question are provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post consisting of at least 500 words by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates in a 250 word or more response by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.
Cyber White Paper – 25 percent
This is an opportunity for the student to identify a key cyber-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.
Case Study Research Proposal – 25 percent
The components of this assignment support the Case Study submitted at the end of class. Students will develop a research question, a purpose statement, and identify a theoretical framework and research design used answer the research question.
Case Study Analysis – 30 percent
Based on the Cyber Research Proposal, students will conduct a case study analysis 18-20 pages. The page length does not include the cover page, the reference list, and any appendices.