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NS2013: Research and Writing for Homeland Security

Syllabus — text. Lauren Wollman and John Rollins. The purpose of the research sequence (NS 2013 and NS 4081) is to advance your critical thinking, research and inquiry skills; you will use these skills to produce a strong thesis proposal… Continue Reading →

NS4081: Research Colloquium

Syllabus — text. Lauren Wollman and John Rollins. The purpose of this course is to help learners reinforce their mastery of modes of inquiry and critical thinking needed not only for the intellectual work of the Master’s program, but also… Continue Reading →

Charts

Lecture/presentation — video. Lauren Fernandez and Will Clapham. This series gives students an understanding of what makes a good, readable chart. 3 part lecture series: Watch Introduction to Charts: https://www.chds.us/?media/openmedia&id=3081 Watch Chart Selection: https://www.chds.us/?media/openmedia&id=3083 Watch Chart Clean-up: https://www.chds.us/?media/openmedia&id=3082

Hypothesis 101 (and other Social Science concepts)

Lecture/presentation — video. Lauren Wollman. No matter what kind of research you conduct, it is necessary to identify and expose your biases in order to develop a relevant and reliable hypothesis. In this animated module, we will discuss the ways… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Research Process and Methods

Course — website/web application. Lauren Wollman. The goals of the lectures are to explore the practices and modalities of good research, to learn a set of research steps or phases required to conduct thesis research in the program, and to… Continue Reading →

Research Paradigms

Lecture/presentation — flash. Lauren Wollman. Most kinds of research fall into one of the following paradigms: Descriptive, Evaluative, Prescriptive, Exploratory, or Predictive. These paradigms have to do with the purpose of the research. Various methods can be used to do… Continue Reading →

Qualitative Research

Lecture/presentation — flash. Lauren Wollman. Qualitative Research involves the use of words and observations as data, rather than numbers. It seeks to answer the “why” rather than the “how” question. That is to say, it seeks to gain insight into… Continue Reading →

What is Inquiry?

Lecture/presentation — flash. Lauren Wollman. There are a million reasons to conduct research: the desire to satisfy curiosity; to learn something new; to prove someone wrong or question the status quo; to confirm suspicion or belief; to find a different… Continue Reading →

Arguments and Claims

Lecture/presentation — flash. Lauren Wollman. Research is not just about compiling all the known literature or data on a given issue, and then writing a report. Research is also about analyzing and synthesizing the material, the ideas, and the facts… Continue Reading →

The Problem Space

Lecture/presentation — flash. Lauren Wollman. Once you have identified a general topic for your research, you can begin to zero in on the specific problem you wish to solve. We use this word “problem” in the scholarly sense of it,… Continue Reading →

The Literature Review

Lecture/presentation — flash. Lauren Wollman. This module establishes early on that research is “asking a question to which we do not already know the answer, and then collecting data and conducting analysis in order to answer the question.” The nature… Continue Reading →

The Research Question

Lecture/presentation — flash. Lauren Wollman. This module establishes early on that research is “asking a question to which we do not already know the answer, and then collecting data and conducting analysis in order to answer the question.” The nature… Continue Reading →

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