Port Security

Assignment Instructions

Article Critique: Select a peer reviewed article that is focused on one of the following  subject areas: (1) Port Security, (2) Vulnerability of the Maritime Transportation Security (MTS), (3) Vulnerability to world shipping, or (4) threats presented within the Maritime focused cyber spaced.

The critique should be written as double spaced, typewritten essay, 4 pages in length not including the cover and references. Submit the assignment in APA format.  Include the following information: 

a. Article name and author

b. Is there a research question that it clearly stated or implied? If so what is it? Do you believe it is academically rigorous?

c. Is there a hypothesis or thesis or central argument that is clearly stated or implied? If so, what is it?

d. Does the Author answer the “So What?”   Were you convinced that the study was worth doing?

e. Is the study unique in any way?

f. What are the main points of the article?

g. What kind of literature review is provided and/or what sources are cited? How well does it fulfill that purpose?

h. How well does the Author explain their method of collecting and analyzing data? Could you replicate the study based upon the article before you?

i. Is there any discussion of variables? Is so, how? Does the Author look at alternative points of view?

j. Do the studies findings support the authors Goals or Thesis? How valid are they?

k. Does the conclusion follow from the evidence provided? Are you persuaded by it? Why or Why Not?

l. Does the Author address the implications of these results? If so, how comprehensively is this done?

m. Do you notice other strengths and limitations of this study?


REMEMBER: THIS IS A PORT SECURITY CLASS. Your article critique must be focused on one of the 4 BROAD subject areas.

Papers should be entitled (LastName_WK3.doc) and upload in the Assignments sections.  The Week 3 Progress Assignment is due 11:55 pm ET of Sunday of Week 3. The assignment must follow APA guidelines (parenthetical citations) and be free of typographical, spelling and grammatical errors. Compliance with the above directions, quality of your analysis, and the SSGS Assignment Rubric for 500-600 Level Classes will be used to evaluate this assignment.


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