Research Paper

Research Paper

Research Paper Using Word This assignment has two goals: 1) have students increase their understanding of ethical issues related to the use of information technology through research, and 2) learn to correctly use the tools and techniques within Word to format a research paper, including use of available References and citation tools. These skills will be valuable throughout a student’s academic career. The paper will require a title page, NO abstract, three to five full pages of content with incorporation of a minimum of 3 external resources from credible sources and a Works Cited/References page. Wikipedia and similar general information sites, blogs or discussion groups are not considered creditable sources for a research project. No more than 10% of the paper may be in the form of a direct citation from an external source. A list of topics from which students can choose is provided below. Topics for Research Paper The focus of the paper should be on the following:

1. how information technology supports or makes possible biometrics and its

various implementations, and potential ethical and privacy issues related to the

use of biometrics.

2. how information technology supports or makes possible the development of

artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent agents (such as Siri, Cortana, etc.) and

potential ethical and privacy issues related to AI.

3. how information technology supports or makes possible the development of

robots as intelligent as humans, smart machines and the IoT, What potential

benefits and risks can/will robots introduce?

4. how information technology supports or makes possible genome-based

treatments for curing diseases, and potential ethical and privacy issues that

might result from use of such treatments.

5. how information technology impacts family, eldercare, and parenting issues, and

potential ethical and privacy issues introduced by the use of information

technology and information systems in this area

6. how information technology has enhanced the use of computer-assisted

education in the elementary school classroom, and the possible positive and

negative impacts this enhancement provides.

7. issues facing the IT Manager or Security professional (e.g., privacy, ownership,

control, accuracy, and security) in an environment where information technology

is constantly expanding and changing.

8. how information technology plays a role in the era of Edward Snowden, Chelsea

Manning, WikiLeaks, et and the impact on defense information systems

9. how information technology plays a role in the rise (and fall) of cryptocurrency

and the positive and negatives of switching to the bitcoin environment.

If there is another topic that addresses ethical issues as related to information technology that is of special interest to you but one that is not in the list above, request permission from your instructor before selecting this alternate topic.

Writing Quality for the Research Paper * All Grammar, Verb Tenses, Pronouns, Spelling, Punctuation, and Writing Competency should be without error. * Be particularly careful about mis-matching a noun and pronoun. For example, if you say “A person does this…” then do not use “their” or “they” when referring to that person. “Person” is singular; “their” or “they” is plural. * Remember: there is not their, your is not you’re, its is not it’s, too is not to or two, site is not cite, and who should be used after an individual, not that. For example, “the person WHO made the speech” not “the person THAT made the speech.” * In a professional paper one does not use contractions (doesn’t, don’t, etc.) and one does not use the personal I, you or your. Use the impersonal as in the previous sentence. It is more business-like to say “In a professional paper one should not use contractions,” rather than saying, “In a professional paper you don’t use contractions.” *Remember: spell-check, then proofread. Better yet, have a friend or colleague read it before submitting it. Read it out loud to yourself. Read it as if you are submitting it to your boss. You can find instructions on how to use the References tool in Word on a PC or on a Mac in the separate file attached here. Complete rubrics for this paper are found in the table on the next page.

Element # Requirement Points

Allocated Comments

01

Paper should be – double-spaced, – margins are set to 1” (left, right, top bottom), – 12 point Arial type is used for all text – headings, if used, are bold but in 12 point Arial type

1.0

This is the font in normal paragraphs. Heading and title fonts may be in bold, but should remain in 12 point font.

02

Body of the paper is at least three full pages and does not exceed five typed, double-spaced pages. The 3- 5 pages does not include the title and reference pages and these are not included in the page count of the body of the paper.

1.0 Charts and other graphical information are not included in the page count.

03 Title Page which shows title of the paper and the author’s (student’s) name. The title and author’s name should be centered horizontally and vertically on the title page.

0.5 Title must be appropriate for content

04

At least three (3) APA formatted in-text citations. If you are not familiar with APA format, it is recommended that you use the References feature in Word for your citations and Reference List or refer to the “Citing and Writing” option under the Resources/Library/Get Help area in the LEO classroom. It is important to review the final format for APA-style correctness even if generated by Word.

1.0

These can be anywhere in the document, but the citations must be relevant to what is being referenced and the APA format is used correctly.

05

At least two (2) informational footnotes. (Note: APA Style does not use footnotes for citations; however, APA style does allow for the incorporation of informational footnotes) Footnotes are not used to list a reference! Footnotes contain information about the topic to which the footnote has been attached.

1.0

These can be anywhere in the document, but the informational footnotes must be relevant to the associated text. The purpose of this requirement is to effectively incorporate the information and demonstrate that you can use the MS Word footnoting functionality.

06

References Page using APA format for references. The References must be on a separate page from the body of the paper. To ensure that the References page is separate from the body of the paper, use a hard return (CTRL Enter) after the end of your paper body and the start of the References page.

1.0

All works listed must be incorporated within the writing of your paper as specified in

APA style

Element # Requirement Points

Allocated Comments

If you are not familiar with APA format, it is recommended that you use the References feature in Word for your citations and Reference List or refer to the “Citing and Writing” option under the Resources/Library/Get Help area in the LEO classroom. It is important to review the final format for APA-style correctness even if generated by Word. REMEMBER: Every source listed on the Reference page must be cited at least once in the body of the paper. And every citation needs to have a matching source listed on the References page.

07 Describe the topic and ethical issues as they relate to the use of Information Technology. How does technology support your topic? What are the issues that technology introduces to this specific topic?

2.0

08

Discuss the trends and ways individuals and/or organizations are impacted by the issue or are working to prevent the impact. Is this a topic that has been made possible only because of advances in technology? Or has the topic been part of technology development since its beginning? Is the issue you are exploring helpful or harmful to individuals? To society in general?

2.0

09 Paper must be well-organized and clearly written in a style appropriate for college level work. Review the notes at the beginning of project description (Writing Quality for the Research Paper)

2.0

10

Paper should be grammatically correct and contain no spelling errors. Direct quotations should not exceed 10% of total words used in the paper.

1.5

Although you should use the Spell Check and Grammar

Check function in Word, this will not catch all errors – you are ultimately responsible for

proofreading.

TOTAL: 13


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