25 August 2015

English and Literature

WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS
All research papers must be scholarly/scientific and original. Write formally, clearly and concisely. Create a compelling narrative in which the parts follow one another logically and together make an eloquent statement. Email a first draft and email and print a final draft.
Papers are about 1,000 words, with about six sources, with at least one each using APA, Chicago, and MLA styles. Work out of class. Turn in on schedule.
Stage One (Prep Work) (Maintain online access.)
Choose one from the list of topics provided.
Sources must be authoritative. Use any you can find, including Search Engines, books, and the SMC Library Website. No anonymous sources.
12-point Times New Roman font. (no CAPs , UND, or bold).
Use italics for independent titles and names of periodicals.
Look for authoritative sources.
List of Evidence: make a long, detailed list of words and phrases that bring your topic to life: real life, facts, physical, concrete. Highlight, copy and paste into your file from your online sources.
Thesis: State the question(s) you hope to answer in your paper.
Outlining: group the items by mutual similarity and label them A, B, C . . . Then,
arrange the items within these groupings into a logical order (a, b, c, . . . ).
Correctly formatted bibliography
Be sure to thoroughly identify your work by name, class, and section number.
Stage Two (Preliminary Draft) (Save, email, and print.)
Work single-spaced.
Body: write your material up into a narrative, without stopping.
Intro: write a paragraph that compels your reader to keep on reading.
Conclusion: Recapitulate your major points and point forward.
Correctly formatted bibliography of at least six sources.
Email and turn in hard copy.
Stage Three (Final Draft) (Print and email to me.)
Highlight Stage Two and make a copy below Stage One.
Work on this copied version
Objectify: read your paper aloud, or have a friend do so, and note what improvements are needed.
Cut to minimum length necessary to convey your essential meanings.
Edit for technical errors: capitalization, comma splices, number, number agreement, pronoun reference, punctuation, repetition, spelling, tense consistency, transitions, and word forms. See online style guides.
12-point Times New Roman font. (no CAPs , UND, or bold).
Email draft to me and turn in a hard copy.


Paper Topics
The Affordable Care Act
The African Diaspora
Africa’s Dirty Wars
Air Travel
Al-Qaeda Futures
American Education: Academics vs. Socialization
American Exceptionalism
American Oil Independence
Anti-Aging Now
The Anti-Environmentalists
The Arms Trade
Australia in Transition
The Bandwidth Problem
The Best Country to be Born In
Beyond the BRIC Countries, Up-and Coming Nations
Bitcoin
The Border Angels vs. the Minute Men
Brain-to Brain Interfacing
Budgeting: Cuts vs. Investments
Budgets: Numbers vs. Consequences
Bush Meat
Business and Culture
The Changing Circus
The Changing Jetstream
The Changing Ocean
The Changing Workplace
Chavismo after Chavez
Cheap Labor
China: The Internal Political Debate
Combatting Suicide Bombers
Communities vs. Gangs
China /US Trade
The Chinese Diaspora
Chinese Students Studying Abroad
Coastline Defense
Contract Ed
Crowdfunding
Cuba in American Politics
Cyber Warfare
Debt
The Deficit: Some Answers
Degrees of Gender
Disruptive Entrepreneurship
A DNA Bank
The DREAM Act
Dumbing Down
Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor
Egypt: Solutions
Electronic Distractions
Email Hell
Evo Morales and the Uyuni Salt Flats
Exporting Toxic Substances
Fanaticism
The Fed and the Market
Flexible Displays
Food: Enough for Everyone
Football vs. American Football
The Future of Water
The Future of Work
Gangs and Relgion
Gangs as Businesses
Germany: A Model Economy
Getting Rich Today
Good Nutrition on a Tight Budget
Goggle X
Governments vs. the Internet
Governments vs. Organized Crime
A Great Contemporary
Growing Pains in the BRIC Countries
Hacking: The State of the Art
Haiti Today and Tomorrow
Hong Kong vs. Beijing
How Mexico can Discourage Emigration
How Undocumented Aliens Enter the US
Human Rights in the Context of Chinese Culture
The Immigration Controversy
The Indonesian Environment
The Indonesian Minorities
Information Overload
Internet Business Reputation Control
Investing in Collectibles
ISIS
Israel’s African Immigrants
Israel and Palestine: The Two-State Solution
Israel in American Politics
Israel as a Jewish State
Ivanpah
Japanese-Korean Relationships
Japanese Minorities
Japan vs China
Jesus and the Christian Right
Juan Manuel Santos
Julian Assange
Karachi: The Ethnic Wars
Kim Jong-un
The Keystone Pipeline
The Latest Fashion
Li Keqiang
March Madness 2014
Marriages
Men Who Abandon their Families
The Midterm Elections of 2014
A Modern Power Grid
Money and Religion
Multitasking
The New Libya
The New Myanmar
News from the Universe
New Trends in . . .
Nuclear Weapons: What’s the Point?
The Obsession with Privacy
The Old Testament vs. The New Testament
One Korea
The Pacific Alliance (Alianza del Pacifico)
Packaging
The Palestinian Diaspora
Paparazzi
Paying for Retirement
The Platform Wars
Police Culture
Profiling
The Philosophy of Political Correctness
Plastic Bags
Players and Ho’s
The Poor: Who Cares?
Pope Francis
Porn vs. Reality
Poverty and Wealth: Want and Waste
Predators vs. Prey
The Price of Food
The Price of Oil
Quantum Computing
Qussem Suleiman
Rape Kits Unprocessed
Refuges for Refugees
The Republican Party: The Way Forward
Reconciliation in Palestine: Hamas and the PNA
The Redistribution of Wealth
Reinventing the Wheel
Rethinking Time Zones
Rich Athletes from Poor Countries
The Right of Return
Robotics
Rodney King: The Legacy
Rush Limbaugh’s America
Russian Billionaires
Scareware
School Food
Sensor Implants
Sex and Love
The Sexual Predator
Shadow Banking
The Shale Revolution
Shi’a vs. Sunni
Sharks
Should Short Selling be Banned?
Silicon Valley vs. Washington DC
Singapore: Model State
Singapore: World Center of Finance
Skin Color
Solid Career Choices
South Sudan
Synthis
The Social Downside of Poverty
Standardized Tests
The State of Iran
Starting a Company
Starvation
Stop and Frisk
Surviving Poverty
Strong Currencies, Weak Currencies
Syria: Problems and Answers
The Taboo Word “Nigger”
Taipei vs. Beijing
Tax Reform
Teaching Computers to Think
To Frack or not to Frack
Traveling Light
Turkey between the European Union and Islam
The Two South Americas
UEFA European Champions
Urban Transportation
The US Military Budget
Virtuality
Voter ID Laws
Wang Qishan
War: Can’t Live with it, Can’t Live Without it
The War on Hillary Clinton
Washington Gridlock
The West: the End of Growth?
What Gang Members Give Up
What the Networks Show and What they Don’t
Who has to be in Prison
Who’s Coming to the Tea Party?
Who Should Become Americans?
Why People Want Guns
Why Peoples Remain in Harsh Environments
Why Some People Hate America
World Series 2014
Writing Code
XY/YY: What’s the Difference
The Yasukuni Shrine
TheYuan

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25 August 2015

Forensics
Forensic Examination Project

Scenario:
You are a computer forensic examiner working for the Department of Homeland Security.  You will be investigating a forensic image of a flash drive found during the search of an office belonging to a suspected terrorist cell (you can assume you found it during your crime scene search).  Investigators suspect it may have critical evidence on it that will lead them to break up a terrorist cell.  It is believed that this cell is planning some type of attack in the United States. Your job is to conduct a forensic analysis of the disk and write a complete forensic report of your findings.

Tools:
·         You may use any FORENSIC tools available to you.

What to Look For:
·         You may want to look for deleted files, internet files, images, documents, email communications, and any other file types or information you can find. 
·         You may want to extract these files to analyze them closer. 
·         Remember to look for metadata that may provide you with additional information. 
·         Remember, you are looking for evidence to help break up a terrorist cell and prevent an attack.
·         You may want to look for evidence of parties involved, locations, types of attack, etc.
·         You may also want to establish a timeline – this may be crucial if an attack is imminent.

The Report:
·         Your report will be approximately 10-20 pages OF TEXT (not including your screenshots, lists of evidence, content of evidence files, etc.)
·         You should give a detailed (step by step) explanation of what you did, what you found, and how and where you found it.
·         You may use screen shots and file content as an appendix.
    • Do not include screen shots in the body of your report!!
    • Do not include the content of the evidence files in the body of your report!!
    • Crop your screenshots so only relevant information is showing… I shouldn’t be able to see your desktop or other open files.
·         Follow the “Forensic Report Guidelines” you have been given during lecture.
    • Do not try to analyze the content of files.
    • Stick to the FACTS!
    • Your report should explain the technical aspects (e.x. what is a link file, why is this important, explain it so a non-technical person can understand.)
    • Just giving a list of evidence with no explanation of how you found it and what it means (as far as the technical aspect) is insufficient.  Don’t just say you found it using FTK – explain!
    • Analyze the metadata!
    • You have more than enough evidence on the disk to EASILY write this much text.  If you are having a hard time, you probably missed a significant amount of evidence.

Formatting:
·         You should include headings and subheadings
  • Your report should be in complete sentences, free of grammatical/spelling errors, easy to read, and professional.
  • If you use any outside sources, you must cite them using APA citations
  • Your report must have a red watermark on every page stating: “THIS IS AN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT”.  Any project that does not have this will be a zero.
    • Page Layout – Watermark – Custom Watermark – Text Watermark
    • Change the text to “THIS IS AN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT”
    • Change the color to RED, transparency to 75%
  • Your file must be less than 10MB to be submitted to SafeAssign. 
    • Compress your graphics by using the “Compress Pictures” option in Word. 
    • Choose the smallest file size possible.

Hints:
  • Remember:  your report should read like a story.  A list of evidence is not sufficient for a report… you need to explain how/where you found the evidence. 
  • You are not a terrorism analyst, so do not try to interpret the evidence… present the facts as you find them.  Remember… you can’t say a specific person did something.
  • Your report should document each step in your analysis and explain what you did, what you found, how, where, what the technical aspects mean
  • Don’t interpret the file content – that is out of the scope of your job!
  • You can’t say a specific person did something – make sure you differentiate between PEOPLE and USERNAMES
  • Stick to the facts
  • Write in first person
  • Include LOTS of screenshots – but these go in the appendix, not the body of your report!
  • Don’t forget to include the basics in your report – who are you? Your authority? What case is this? Background?
  • Open the image with FTK Imager – verify it to make sure the hash values match what was given
  • Open the image in FTK to start your analysis
  • Document each step!!

Checklist:
Content:
        I included the case background, my name, who I work for, etc.
        I verified the hash value before anything else.
        I included the given hashes and calculated hashed.
        My report only includes FACTS, no opinions or interpretations.
        I did not analyze the file content.
        My report includes the file names of evidence items.
        My report includes the file paths of evidence items.
        My report includes the MACdates and times of evidence items.
        My report explains if the evidence is a file, deleted file, etc. and explains what this means.
        Someone could read my report and follow my steps exactly step by step.  (I explain what I did.)
        Any technical term includes an explanation of what it is, in layman’s terms. (I explain what everything means.)
        All evidence mentioned in the report is in the appendix.
        I don’t say a specific person did something. (Usernames are differentiated from a person’s name.)
        All evidence is documented in the report.
        I do not have any inaccurate information in my report.

Formatting:
        I included my watermark.
        I compressed my graphics and my project is less than 10MB.
        I followed formatting guidelines for font, line spacing, etc.
        I do not have screenshots in the body of my report.
        I do not have file content in the body of my report.
        My appendix has labels for each evidence item.
        I spell checked and proof read my report.
        My report is well formatted and easy to read.
        I use headings and subheadings.
        I do not have long paragraphs.
        Only one evidence item is discussed per paragraph.


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25 August 2015

Explain the reason for selecting topic one (1), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement

Write a one to two (1-2) page paper in which you:

1) Explain the reason for selecting topic one (1), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement.
2) Explain the reason for selecting topic two (2), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement.
3) Explain the reason for selecting topic three (3), identify the audience, and provide a preliminary thesis statement.
4) Identify and document six (6) credible sources (two (2) for each topic) that you would expect to use

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25 August 2015

Coming of Age in MississippiPaper instructions:
Your purpose is to read and analyze the monograph required in the course. This monograph is Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody. It will be your assignment to examine the material covered in the monograph and develop and support an argument (with specific evidence from the monograph) as you describe the experiences of Anne Moody in relation to the more well-known Civil Rights activists (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, etc.).Although you will be developing a thesis based on your opinion, you must support your thesis with evidence from the book.

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Coming of Age in MississippiPaper instructions:Your purpose is to read and analyze the monograph required in the course. This monograph is Coming of Age […]


25 August 2015

AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MIDDLE CHILDHOOD, ADOLESCENCE & EARLY ADULTHOOD

AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MIDDLE CHILDHOOD, ADOLESCENCE & EARLY ADULTHOOD


AUTOBIOGRAPHY, PART II: MIDDLE CHILDHOOD, ADOLESCENCE & EARLY ADULTHOOD

Unit II covers Chapters 5, 6 & 7, so your essay should address some of the major topics in those chapters.  Some of the topics you should consider from middle childhood would be:
Some of the topics you should consider from adolescence would be:
  • Genetic Influences – any of these that are still an issue for you in this stage
  • Physical development/growth
    • Puberty
    • Early/late maturation
    • Sex education and/or sexual behavior
    • Body image
    • Health
      • drug/alcohol use
      • eating disorders
    • Motor skills
  • Cognitive development/growth
    • Scripts
    • Maturity in cognitive growth
      • Adolescent egocentrism
      • Personal fable
      • Imaginary audience
    • Poor decision-making
    • School achievement
    • Media participation/influences
  • Social & Personality development/growth
    • Identify vs. role confusion
    • Identity status
    • Religion, spirituality
    • Identity of race/gender
    • Depression/suicide
    • Relationships with family
      • Autonomy
      • Conflict
      • Cultural differences
    • Relationships with Peers
      • Popularity & Rejection
      • Peer pressure
      • Juvenile delinquency
      • Sexual behavior, orientation & teen pregnancy
Some of the topics you should consider from young adulthood would be:
  • Physical development/growth
    • Health/Pregnancy, if applicable
    • Nutrition/Physical Fitness
    • Risk-taking
    • Stressors
  • Cognitive development/growth
    • Maturity in cognitive growth
    • Intelligence
    • College decision-making (See writing prompts in Module)
    • Career selection/focus
  • Social & Personality development/growth
    • Intimacy vs. Isolation
    • Loving relationships/partnerships
    • Friendships
    • How did you or do you choose a spouse?
    • Specific characteristics in partner

Remember that you will be addressing some of the topics from childhood again, since they may be applicable now.  For example, if your parents got divorced and/or remarried in this stage, you would want to bring that back in for this paper.  Some of these topics might be VERY influential in your development and others not as much.  The essay will not be graded based on whether or not you discuss all of these topics/subtopics, but the general influences and specific examples of those most critical.

Essay Assignments:
·         During this course, students will be reviewing the major influences on human development from the prenatal stage to the adulthood stage.  Physical, cognitive and psychosocial influences need to be considered based on the research found in the text and in other academic sources.
·         Each unit will require a 5-7 page review of the student’s own development in light of the significant influences during this stage of development.  (The length of the paper will vary, depending on the ages/stages covered in each unit, but good essays usually are a minimum of 1500 words, often longer.)
·         Students should include material from the readings to support their analysis. 
·         These assignments can be accessed through our CA site.  Students should write each essay and save it as a Word document.  Then they can be uploaded to CA.  Further instructions will be found with the assignment online.
·         The essays will be graded according to the rubric, complete with comments and be worth up to 50 points.  Always return to the assignment to review the rubric and the comments after each essay has been graded.

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