In this Assignment, you are going to evaluate a specific business process based on criteria detailed below. If you already have selected a business process, continue using that and skip to the next paragraph. If you have not yet selected the business process you will use for these Assignments, then begin by selecting one. Email your instructor and clearly describe the objective of this process, the participants, and the strategic significance for the company. The business process you select must have a clear beginning and an end, with identifiable, specific steps. Your instructor will confirm that the process you selected is suitable, or will ask you to select another one


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As terrorists step up the methodology and the atrociousness of subsequent acts and the government responds with ever-increasing surveillance, intelligence gathering, searches, and directives, many feel that there is an erosion in the freedom of movement in the United States.

Assignment Guidelines

  • Address the following in 10–12 pages:
    • Does current research show that there is a point of equilibrium between homeland security and maintaining the fundamental civil liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution? Will security issues ever trump the freedom of U.S. citizens? Explain.
      • Use examples from scholarly and academic sources to support your response.
    • What was the PATRIOT Act's role in establishing the use of fusion centers across the country? Explain.
      • What was the intended outcome in establishing these U.S. fusion centers between U.S. intelligence agencies and local law enforcement agencies? Explain.
      • What are the short-term benefits and consequences of using fusion centers to improve information sharing among the various agencies throughout the different levels of government? Explain.
        • What are the long-term benefits and consequences? Explain.
    • What are 2 other specific response tactics to the terrorist threat to the United States? Describe and explain.
      • When were these tactics implemented? Describe.
      • What is the purpose of these tactics? Explain.
      • How are civil liberties addressed with regard to these tactics? Explain.
      • Are these tactics effective at fulfilling their intended purpose? Why or why not? Use research to support your claims.
    • Conclude your paper with a recommendation on what should be done to curb the terrorist threat while maintaining civil liberties.
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.
  • Discuss the phrase, “You can never gain 100 percent security, but you can lose 100 percent liberty."
    • What does this phrase mean to you? Explain.
  • What is the likelihood of the creation of a dystopian society in the name of security through acquiescence by the public?
    • Generally speaking, do you feel that the majority of U.S. citizens are apathetic with regard to this debate? Explain.
    • What do you think would happen if people perceived the government as stripping them of their civil liberties? Explain.
  • What role does the media play regarding the government's dissemination of terrorist attack information? Explain
    • Is it possible for the government or media to incite unnecessary fear into the general public? Explain.

Assignment 2: LASA 1: Final Project: Early Methods Section

Due Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

In your final paper for this course, you will need to write a Methods section that is about 4 pages long where you will assess and evaluate the methods of research.  

In preparation for this particular section, answer the following questions thoroughly and provide justification/support. The more complete and detailed your answers for these questions, the better prepared you are to successfully write your final paper.

Please submit your answers as a single 4- to 6-page document as a numbered list; this will ensure you do not inadvertently miss a question.

Additionally, please submit a title page and a reference page in proper APA format.

    1. What is your research question?


    1. What is your hypothesis or hypotheses? What is the null hypothesis?


    1. How many participants would you like to use and why? What are the inclusion characteristics, i.e., what must they have in order to be included in your study (for example, gender, diagnosis, age, personality traits, etc.)? Are there any exclusion characteristics, i.e. are there certain characteristics that would exclude them from being in your study? Does the sample need to be diverse? Why or why not?


    1. What sampling technique will be used to collect your sample? What population does your sample generalize to?


    1. What are the variables in your study? HINT: Refer back to your hypothesis or hypotheses.


    1. Provide operational definitions for each variable.


    1. How will you measure each variable? Discuss the reliability and validity of these measures in general terms.


    1. What technique will be used for data collection (e.g., observation, survey, interview, archival, etc.)?


    1. What type of research design is being used?


    1. Briefly discuss the procedure that would be followed when conducting the research.


  1. What are some POTENTIAL ethical issues? How might they be addressed?
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Explanation and justification of research question.
Presentation of hypothesis and null hypothesis.
Analysis of participants exclusion/inclusion factors.
Explanation of sampling technique and characterization of population that sample generalized.
Identification of study's variables.
Operational definitions for each variable are defined.
Development of methods to measure each variable, and the reliability and validity of these measures are evaluated.
Description of technique(s) used for data collection.
Description of the research design being used.
Identification of the research procedure.
Prediction of POTENTIAL ethical issues; POTENTIAL ethical issues are evaluated in terms of how they would be addressed.
  • Introduction
  • Thesis
  • Transitions
  • Conclusion
Usage and Mechanics:
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Sentence Structure
APA Elements:
  • Attribution
  • Paraphrasing
  • Quotations
  • Audience
  • Word Choice


Assignment 1: Discussion Question

By Saturday, March 7, 2015 respond to the discussion question. Submit your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Use the same Discussion Area to comment on your classmates' submissions, and continue the discussion until Wednesday, March 11, 2015. All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Imagine you were to create a survey that examined the frequency of drug use in middle school children. Referring back to the considerations for creating surveys presented in this module and in your textbook, what specific factors would you need to consider when developing this survey? Make sure you address considerations related to age (early adolescence) and nature of the topic (drug use).

Use the library, Internet, and other available resources to develop a 6–8 page research proposal that includes the following:

  • Introduction to your topic and related issues (variables)
  • Purpose statement
  • Literature review
  • Research question and hypothesis
  • The research methodology to be used
  • Any questionnaires, interview questions, or research tools that you intend to use
  • How your results will be measured and analyzed
  • How your results will be presented

a. Read the overview of the No Establishment Clause at the “Exploring Constitutional Conflicts” website:


b. Browse the summaries of the Establishment cases (links at the top right of the page).


c.  In your reflection essay, discuss how ‘no establishment’ cases differ from ‘ free exercise’ cases (For example, what different kinds of legal issues are involved? What are some common problems?) (300 words)

Hammond, P. (1998) “ Conscience and the Establishment Clause,” in With Liberty for All: Freedom of Religion in the United States. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, pp. 58-79.


Submit a summary of the Hammond reading. (300 words)