DISCUSSION: FINAL PROJECT BRIEFING/ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

The student will complete 1 Discussion in this course. The student will post one thread, consisting of a narrated PowerPoint, by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 8 scholarly citations in APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in APA format. 

OVERVIEW

This discussion and related replies make up your final project. This discussion is research based and will require significant outside journal article reading.  

INSTRUCTIONS

Warning: This Discussion is not a traditional 350 to 500-word original post.  This discussion is your final project and represents a major research project.  

You shall prepare and attach a 10 to 17 slide narrated PowerPoint Presentation and attach it as your original post. 

o Title slide(s) and reference slide(s) do not count toward the slide count.  

o Please keep in mind that this is a doctoral level presentation.  

o Your research must go beyond the mere textbook and have a minimum of 8 scholarly sources.  

o Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include .gov sources, UN, and foreign government websites as your recent and relevant sources if the writing is academic in nature (authored works) or well researched (CIA or State Department).

o The Holy Bible should be used at least once in the PowerPoint presentation.  

o Each slide (of the 10 to 17 main body slides) must have 200 to 350 words of bulleted or paragraph speakers notes (in speaker notes section of the slide build).  

o The slides should be professional and not cluttered with too many words.  

o The sources should be reflected in the speaker notes, slides, and “reference section slide”.  

o Additionally, you, the student, should use animations, transitions, and graphics to reflect PhD level research.  

You will post a 250-word reply to 2 classmate’s presentations. The reply requires a minimum of 1 properly formatted citation. Each reply must be completed by you, the individual student. The reply posts are due the last day of the module: week assigned.  

Responding to a classmate’s post requires both the addition of new ideas and analysis. A particular point made by the classmate must be addressed and built upon by your analysis to move the conversation forward. Thus, the response post is a rigorous assignment that requires you to build upon initial posts to develop deeper and more thorough discussion of the ideas introduced in the initial posts. As such, reply posts that merely affirm, restate, or unprofessionally quarrel with the previous post(s) and fail to make a valuable, substantive contribution to the discussion will receive appropriate point deductions.

REFERENCE EXPECTATIONS:

You must use a minimum of 8 recent relevant sources.  You may use .gov sources, UN, and foreign government websites as your recent and relevant sources if the writing is academic in nature (authored works) or well researched (CIA or State Department).  Although the rigor of the quality references is not as demanding as your previous papers – you will still be graded on your reference quality.  If you have questions about the applicability of references, contact your professor prior to submitting. 

PROMPT: 

Potential linkages in transnational organized crime and terrorism are a concern.  This concern may be particularly relevant in terms of global security and homeland security in the United States.  Using the construct explained above, prepare a post/paper and PowerPoint analyzing the potential transnational organized crime – terrorism nexus and the effect on global security as well as homeland security in the United States.  

Please note the topic above could easily be a thesis length paper.  Your challenge will be to hone and narrow your PowerPoint presentation through a good thesis statement to fall within the length constraints provided.  If you wish to go over slide count/word count, please contact your instructor for permission to do so.

This course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussions. This means you will only be able to read and interact with your classmates’ threads after you have submitted your thread in response to the provided prompt.