Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Research Paper Using Word 2010

This assignment has two goals:  1) have students increase their understanding of the concept of Protecting Personal Information (PPI) and other 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 using Word 2010/2013’s citation tools.  These skills will be valuable throughout students’ academic career.  The paper will require a title page, NO abstract, three to four full pages of content with incorporation of a minimum of 3 external resources from credible sources, and a Works Cited/Reference page.  Three pages of content means 3 full pages, to the bottom of the third page with text on page 4.  Two pages plus several lines on the third page will not suffice.  Note that submitting a paper that is less than three pages may affect your grade on several rubric items, including page length and several content items. Given a short, underdeveloped paper’s impact on several items in the rubric, a student submitting a paper less than three full pages is unlikely to score higher than a ‘C’ on this assignment.

A list of topics from which students can choose is provided below.  Wikipedia and similar websites are NOT creditable sources.  Blogs and discussion groups are not creditable sources.  The course textbook cannot be used as a source for the research paper.  No more than 10% of the paper may be in the form of a direct citation from an external source.

Topics for Research Paper

  1. Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

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