The course grade is based on the following assessments:
Discussion Forums – 15 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.
Cyber White Paper – 20 percent
For this assignment, you will select a topic or issue as it relates to cyber space and the challenges associated with it. This white paper will form as the basis for developing a Cyber Research Proposal (Assignment #2) and Final Paper that focuses on your selected cyber issue (Assignment #3). Your white paper assignment is 4-5 pages in length.
Cyber Research Proposal – 30 percent
The goal of this assignment is to present a clear research proposal. Your research proposal should be between 5-6 pages in length not including your preliminary source list and references.
Cyber Issue Paper – 35 percent
This assignment is a take-home essay where you are functioning as a Presidential Adviser and are tasked to prepare a 13-15 page (double spaced) memorandum outlining possible courses of action in light of a fictitious Cyber Attack.