This assignment entails produce a college level research paper that is at least five (5) FULL pages (not including title page and reference
list), to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives.
In this course we focus on the private sector’s role related to our nation’s critical infrastructure, as well as the necessity of ensuring
the goods and services they offer are provided in an uninterrupted manner. The combination of these two issues will serve as the primary
focus of this written assignment.
First, select one of the following critical infrastructure sectors (links take you to their sector specific plans) that you have an
interest in. Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Dams, Energy, Financials Services, Food and
Agriculture, Healthcare and Public Health, Information Technology, Transportation Systems, Water Systems.
Then discuss the most prevalent threats your sector currently faces, as well as details concerning how a private sector organization within
this sector could enhance its ability to provide its essential services when facing such threats and hazards. In essence, you will be
providing a summary of a private sector organization Continuity of Operations Plan focused on current threats and hazards.
You can find the primary components of such a plan in the document Continuity Guidance Circular 1 (CGC 1) Continuity Guidance for Non-
Federal Entities. Additional information concerning this assignment can be found below and attached.
Make sure you read the instructions carefully and that you focus your paper on answering the assigned questions. This assignment is a
research paper, not an opinion paper, so you need to use scholarly sources to support your thesis. Use formal academic writing and do not
use the first person such as I or my; see the OWL site on academic writing style. Make sure you use APA style in-text parenthetical
citations at the end of every sentence where you are quoting another’s ideas (or any information) that is not your own thoughts and words,
like this (Bergen, 2015, para 14). Citations are required for paraphrases as well, but not the page or paragraph number in that case. I
highly recommend you use the APUS writing guide which can be found in the university library or at this link: APUS Research Writing and
Style Guide. You are welcome to use supplementary sources to compliment the assigned readings based upon your research, but make sure you
use scholarly and credible sources (do not use open websites and you never want to use wikipedia for a college level paper). Also,
dictionaries and encyclopedias as well as general news sites (like CNN) are not appropriate for college level research papers. Do not cite
the weekly lessons as those are only basic information to start off the topic with. You need to use mainly scholarly and reputable academic
books and journal articles. Refer to the guide provided to you as an attachment here titled “How to find scholarly research sources for
HLSS Courses.” Also, see the APUS Library Homeland Security Program Guide for good sources, as well as the APUS Research Primer and the
APUS Library Research FAQs. For formatting, the best option is to use the attached example paper as a template (for formatting purposes
– Written according to the APA style and format;
– Use Times New Roman 12 point font;
– 1 inch margins on all sides with no paragraph indentation other than the first line by .5 inches
– Double space all text (no extra lines or spaces after a paragraph or section headings and no added font sizes or lines either)
– At least 5 FULL pages of content but no more than 6 pages.
– A respectable number of credible resources used, cited in the paper as in-text citations, and included on the reference page. A good rule
of thumb is at least 2 scholarly sources per page of content (at least 10 scholarly references for this 5 page paper). Use those sources
provided to you throughout the course (listed in the announcements), as well as other material obtained from conducting your own research.
Freely utilize appropriate and reputable academic sources, summarize in your own words and cite accordingly. See the attached tip sheet on
how to find scholarly sources in HLSS courses.
Be mindful of excessive direct quotes as the paper should not contain just a string of various quotations. Make sure you comply with all
academic integrity standards expected by APUS and as slide 14 of the APUS Academic Integrity presentation posted in course syllabus (and
the week 1 introduction forum) states “Quotes cannot make up more than 10% of the text of your assignment.” So paraphrase where you can and
provide your own analysis and synthesis of your research.
See the SSGS Assignment Rubric for 300-400 Level Classes that will be used to evaluate this assignment. Assignment Rubric