Within the next week please choose a topic for your research paper. If you have any difficulty choosing a topic please let me know and I will assign you a topic. Your topic is to be chosen from the list of topics found below you must clear your topic choice with me first before proceeding. Send me a classroom “Message” by the end of Week 2.
Here are a few suggested topics: Piracy (past and present), Port Security, Port Facility Operations, Maritime Transportation System, Transnational Organized Crime, United States Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection.
The topic I choose is Transnational Organized Crime
I would suggest including organizations close to home like the Mexican Cartels. Drug smuggling and human trafficking are two things that TOC’s are heavily involved in.
You are to prepare your paper in a word document (Times New Roman, Font 12-double space) using APA style format (“Resources” and APA info attached below). Your research paper should be 10-12 pages of content excluding your title page and reference list (“Abstract” required). A minimum of 10 outside references required. Additionally, you are to include a Title page and Bibliography page. Your research paper must be an original work and you cannot recycle a paper that you prepared and submitted to any other class (refer to your “student handbook” for the University plagiarism policy).
When you submit your paper it will be automatically sent to Turnitin and checked for plagiarism. It is important that you closely review your Turnitin report and similarity score. No amount of copying is acceptable (allowance for references, footnotes, and quotes). Quotes should not consist of more than 10% of your content. I am looking for your own thoughts in your own words so I do not want to see excessive cited material. However, cited references used to support your work must be properly cited in APA style format.
Please follow these requirements and format to optimize your grade points. This paper is due at the end of week 6. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sixth (6th) Edition Manual. Washington, DC www.apa.org ISBN-10: 1-4338-0561-8
Length: Minimum of 10-12 pages double spaced, 1″ margins, 12 pitch type in Times New Roman font.
Citations/References: You must use the APA style for this assignment. A minimum of 10 outside references required.
Submission: All work is to be submitted as an attachment to the assignment link by 11:55 pm on the due date. All work should be prepared in Microsoft Word format and submitted as an attachment.
Grading: All submissions will be graded using the attached rubric.