This Activity Will Address Module Outcome 4 Upon Completion Of This Activity You

This activity will address module outcome 4. Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Prepare a thesis statement and outline for the final paper. (CO6)

    In previous modules you submitted your topic and literature review for your final paper.  In this module you will develop a thesis statement and submit an outline for your paper for review and comment by the instructor.  The outline will serve as the guide for the writing effort.  It should be structured with an introduction, thesis statement, supporting arguments, and conclusions. The outline gives you the opportunity to establish a framework, the critical infrastructure so to speak, to build around your thesis statement in the final paper. 

    Please follow the guidelines provided for creating a good outline and refer to the information for resources on how to organize and write a paper of this length.  The better your outline, the easier it will be to write the paper. As you create your outline, remember that your final project should tie together the ideas and observations you made throughout the course.

    Here are the guidelines:

  • Begin by viewing the “creating an outline (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.” video in the Excelsior Online Writing Lab.

  • The outline is a preview of your paper and should be 2-3 pages. Include an introduction statement along with a thesis statement. You can use phrases and complete sentences in the outline.

  • The outline should include all the components that would be included in your paper and enough details for someone to understand what your paper will be about.

    Also, it is important to cite your sources properly when you are writing a research paper and using someone else’s ideas. By citing sources, you will avoid plagiarism and give credit to the originator of an idea.

    Include the following elements in your outline:

    A. Include an introduction statement. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.      1. This is a preview of the paper, along with the thesis statement (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

    2. Example of Thesis: Hybrid cars contribute to reducing global warming.

    B. Make claims that emerge from this thesis statement.     1. Example:            a. Claim 1. Hybrid cars use less gas.            b. Claim 2. Using less gas creates fewer carbon emissions.            c. Claim 3. Fewer carbon emissions helps reduce the rate of global warming.

    C. Add your evidence collected to the claims you have identified.     1. Example: Hybrid cars use less gas.     2. Evidence: Hybrid cars use xxx amount of gas as compared to non-Hybrid cars, according to the consumer index (this evidence is imaginary, for the sake of an example).

    D. Include a conclusion statement (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..     1. This is a summary, along with a call to action or impactful statement.

    E. You can use phrases and complete sentences in the outline.

    F.  Include indicators of where you found the evidence. It is important to cite your sources properly when you are writing a research paper and using someone else’s ideas. By citing sources, you will avoid plagiarism and give credit to the originator of an idea.

    Recommended Resources: 

  • National Security Research Guide (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  • Excelsior Library Writing Help (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  • Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) Outlining (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  • APA Style Help (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

    Additionally, I recommend Smarthinking, a free tutorial service available to you from your student toolbar.

    Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Submit Assignment” in the upper right corner. Click on “Browse,” browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to the Browse button. Enter your comments, if any, in the Comments area. Click on “Submit Assignment.”

    I propose to write for my final paper on the topic of soldiers in combat facing ethical dilemmas to include self-values and ethics.

    Some references I included in my annotated bibliography for the final paper.  

    Cazier, John D. (2000). The Professional Military Ethic. (Unpublished Master’s Thesis)U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Retrieved from

Baumann, D., PhD. (2007). Military ethics: A task for armies. Military Medicine, 172(12), 34-0_4. Retrieved from

Schulzke, M. (2012). Ethics in action: A study of ethical decision making in counterinsurgencies (Order No. 3554278). Available from Military Database. (1316620169). Retrieved from

Iersel, F. H. M., van Baarda, T.,A., & Verweij, D. (2001). Preparing soldiers for responsibility, integrity, and transparency in the dutch armed forces: Exploring the realm of dilemma training. Journal of Power and Ethics, 2(1), 42-67. Retrieved from

Mompeyssin, P. (2014). SOLDIERS’ CODES OF CONDUCT IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. A COMPARATIVE OUTLOOK. Journal of Defense Resources Management, 5(1), 5-10. Retrieved from

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