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Assignment 1

Assignment 1

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Directions: For this assignment you are to do the following:

  1. Pick a topic in the realm of public safety.  You will want this topic to be something that has two variables, is interesting and brings a new twist to the topic.  Describe your topic in the first paragraph.
  2. Develop and state your research question in the second paragraph.  This should be in the form of a specific question.  This question must be measurable and will be used to develop your unique research investigation.
  3. Use empirical research (information obtained from scholarly sources suffices this requirement) to help substantiate the importance of the topic. You want to emphasize the “so what” aspect.
    • Note:  In addressing the “so what” aspect, you will want to articulate why this topic is important, why it needs to be researched and what impact the research may have on policy.
  4. Identify your independent variable.
    • State your independent variable and identify its level of measurement.
  5. Identify your dependent variable.
    • State your dependent variable and identify its level of measurement.
  6. Conceptualize your independent and dependent variable.
    • Make sure that the definition that you use to conceptualize your variables are derived from the literature.  Do not make up a definition. You need to look at existing research to determine how the variables are defined.

Format Requirements:

Answer in the order listed.  Paragraph headings may be used for clarity.

Must cite any and all information obtained from sources both in text and at the end of the paper using APA formatting. This includes a cover and reference page.