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HLSS500 - Research Methods in Homeland Security

Course Details

Course Code: HLSS500 Course ID: 3624 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides basic research methods skills for addressing homeland security studies problems and issues. Students focus on the detailed procedures for conducting qualitative case studies. Students become well versed in research planning, secondary data collection, and qualitative data analysis methods and how these methods relate to the larger field of social science research. This course prepares students for intermediate and advanced security and intelligence methods.

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
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: Appraise the nature of social science research and scholarship as an intellectual enterprise.

CO-2: Evaluate research approaches, data collection methods, and their relative merits in accordance with ethical practices and standards.

CO-3: Synthesize the different types of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research designs.

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

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

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 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 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. The initial post should be a minimum of 500 words and the replies to two students’ posts should be a minimum of 250 words each.

Assignments – 50 percent

You will have assignments in weeks 1, 2, 4, and 6. Please refer to the assignments tab for specific instructions.

Final Research Proposal – 30 percent

This assignment is a paper that incorporates all that you will learn in the class. Please see the assignments tab for specific instruction.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Assignments 50.00 %
CITI Training - Week 1 12.50 %
Research Question & Hypothesis - Week 2 12.50 %
Literature Review - Week 4 12.50 %
Assignment Week 6: Research and Data Collections Methods 12.50 %
Final Paper 30.00 %
Final Research Proposal - Week 8 30.00 %

All required readings are located under the weekly 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.