Topic: Homeland Security: Addressing cyber skills shortages and ransomware attacks in Baltimore local government. Cybersecurity Skills Gap Baltimore Attack
Preliminary Applied Research Proposal
You have slowly been building the initial components of an applied research proposal over the last 5 weeks. Now in the final unit of the course, you will prepare your preliminary research proposal and submit it for the Unit 6 Assignment. The following structure can be used to guide the development of your preliminary applied research proposal.
Note: Given that the preliminary proposal you complete in this course will be the basis of the final proposal you complete in your capstone course, you will need to save your graded Unit 6 Assignment. Similar to CJ graduate students going on to CJ598, Homeland Security and Emergency Management graduate students going on to HM598 will further refine their research proposals that they started in CJ525.
The research proposal should be 9â€“12 pages long (not including title page, reference section, or appendices), double-spaced, and use APA formatting. Each proposal should have a title page including your name, affiliation, course, professor, and date, using APA format.
Your proposal should include the following headings and subheadings:
- Introduction: This will be an edited version of the introduction you completed from the Unit 3 Assignment.
- Problem Statement: Insert the problem statement that you created in Unit 3, making any corrections or revisions needed based on feedback you received from your professor.
- Literature Review: Insert the literature review that you completed earlier in this course after making any necessary corrections or revisions based on feedback you received from your professor. The review should include each of the elements originally required for the Unit 4 Assignment:
- Introduction: Revise and resubmit the introduction from your Unit 4 Assignment.
- Theoretical Considerations: Revise and resubmit the theoretical considerations section from your Unit 4 Assignment.
- Literature Review: Revise and resubmit the literature review section from your Unit 4 Assignment.
- Summary and Conclusions: Revise and resubmit the summary and conclusions section from your Unit 4 Assignment.
- Research Design: Insert the elements of the research design that you completed from the Unit 4 Assignment, making any necessary corrections or revisions to those elements based on feedback you received from your professor. The review should include each of these earlier elements, as well as new sections, as itemized below:
- Research Purpose: Revise and resubmit the research purpose from your Unit 3 Assignment.
- Study Variables and Conceptual Definitions: Insert the independent and dependent variables identified in the Unit 3 Assignment. Conceptualize each independent variable and each dependent variable, fully defining what would and would not count for each for purposes of your study.
- Research Hypothesis: Revise and resubmit the research hypothesis from your Unit 3 Assignment.
- Research Goals: Revise and resubmit the goals from your Unit 3 Assignment.
- Data Approach: Describe whether you will take a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods approach to your research. Explain the rationale for your choice, describing why this approach will most effectively permit you to test your research hypothesis. Support your rationale with reference to scholarly sources.
- Ethical Considerations: Describe how you would ethically conduct your research. Explain how would ensure the protection of any human subjects and confidentiality of data for your proposed study.
- Conclusion: Provide a summary of the problem and plan for studying the issue, emphasizing why the research is important and what would be accomplished were the proposed study to be conducted.
- References: Include full APA references for all in-text citations in the body of your research proposal.
- Appendices: Include appendices, if any, to supplement the information presented in the research proposal.
Be sure to cite your sources in the body of your paper and list them on your reference page, consistent with APA guidelines. Remember, applied research is not common knowledge, so it is important to cite to all of your sources of information.