Cyber Issue Paper
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Assignment 3. Cyber Issue Paper
(Due at the End of Week Eight: 35% of Grade)
Your final assignment is where you will weave the first two elements (the Cyber White Paper
and Cyber Research Proposal) together, and incorporate your research analysis, to create a
coherent issue paper that is 13-15 pages in length. While it is inappropriate (not to mention a
violation of university policy) to cut-and-paste from past assignments in old courses into new
ones, this research project is evolutionary and builds itself up from a research proposal to a
completed product. For this reason, in this class it is permissible to paste the information (as
appropriate and as it makes sense) from the first two assignments assigned in this course into
your final assignment.
Format. Your research paper should include a title page, body, and reference page. Your paper
should have a 1-inch border on all four sides, use Times New Roman-12 point font, be double
spaced, and not have an extra space in-between paragraphs. (You may need to turn this off in
MS word by going to “paragraph” and clicking “Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same
style). Since this is an INTL course you need to use the Turabian parenthetical citation style with
a references page.
You are encouraged to refer to Belcher, Wendy Laura. 2009. “Editing Your Sentences” In
Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks. A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Sage. This
resource has an excellent step-by-step process for enhancing your writing.
Your research paper should include the following sections:
This section should be written last and should pull from some of the elements of your research
proposal. You will need to clearly provide an overview of the topic you are writing about, a
concise synopsis of the issues, state your research question, and discuss why the situation is
important to investigate. Writing the introduction last is helpful in ensuring that you’ve
incorporated any changes that may have taken place over the course of your research. This
section should be 1 page in length.
Your literature review section is a synthesis of the sources that you identified in your second
assignment in addition to other sources that you have identified to support your research. This
section should be 3-4 pages in length.
This section will pull from, and expand upon, your research design section within your first
assignment. Methodology sections are another standard element in research papers as they
provide the reader with a clear understanding for how the research was carried out. In this
section you should discuss your case study methodology and explain the validity of your
In your explanation be sure you explain how you chose the case to investigate, your
data collection method, your data analysis (i.e. the questions you asked to help guide your
research and thus answer your primary research question), and any potential data limitations and
biases that pertain to this specific project. In your discussion of the studies limitations you should
keep in mind that it is always best to end on a positive note, so be sure you discuss your plan to
mitigate the limitations and biases, if any. This section should be 1-2 pages in length.
Analysis and Findings.
This section and the conclusion discussed below are essentially the two newest components of
your research project. Your analysis and findings section should provide a narrative of your
research and the analytical arguments that you will make as a result of your findings. In this
section you will discuss the different information processing errors that occurred within your
chosen situation and explain how they lead to or are leading to errors in analysis and/or decisionmaking. Within this section you should provide the evidence that proves or disproves your
research hypothesis. This section should be 5-6 pages in length.
This section will contain the concluding analytical arguments based on what the research has
revealed. Here you will discuss some of the techniques and strategies that can be used to help
mitigate the information processing errors and/or decision-making errors that occurred during the
situation under investigation.
Like any conclusion, it should provide a synopsis of the project, the strategy, the results, and
what the research adds to our body of knowledge. Within your conclusion you should also offer
suggestions for avenues of future research for other scholars as all knowledge is evolutionary.
This section should be 1-2 pages in length.
This section will contain all of the references that you have cited within your paper. They should
be listed in Turabian References format and arranged alphabetically. Entitle this section as
“References”, each source notation should be single spaced with one space between each source.
At this level your references should fall within the 18-25 sources range and be made up
primarily of peer-reviewed content.