#1 My research project’s title is “Wireless Security: The prevalence of vulnerable legacy WLAN 802.11 protocols”. The purpose of the proposed project will be to determine the existence of a digital force protection vulnerability on the Ft. Bragg military reservation in the form of wireless access points broadcasting with enough strength to be picked up by an easily constructed apparatus, which are either unsecured or using outdated and inherently weak security protocols for the security of the network and the transmission of data. Discovery of the statistics involving these systems will better inform those wishing to better secure networks in the area. Given what the subject of my study is, and the methods that I am going to use to gather my data, I can classify my research proposal as a non-experimental study. It is non-experimental in that there is no hypothesis that I am trying to prove or disprove by gathering the data, and I am not establishing test conditions, or developing controls. It is not quasi experimental for the reasons mentioned earlier. This is probably one of the simplest research methods to conceptualize and operationalize given the dependency of other research methods on the researcher developing procedures minimizing bias, and establishing relevant controls. Observation of a given situation is easier to manage than artificially creating a situation to observe, to validate or invalidate a hypothesis. The reason I am using a non-experimental method is because I do not believe that an experimental method is useful or appropriate in this case. It is not necessary to use an experiment to prove anything about the wireless access points being surveyed, and I see little utility in constructing an arbitrary hypothesis for the sake of proving or disproving something that isn’t strictly relevant to the task at hand. I could use this data as a basis for constructing hypotheses regarding the efficacy of efforts to inform consumers on wireless security practices, but I still need to have said data to determine whether or not said efforts will have any effect on the overall environment, doing otherwise would be putting the cart before the horse, so to speak. The typical school science fair project model where one must come up with a testable hypothesis for the sake of it is a good introduction to the concept of the scientific method, expressed at its purest and most ideal, which exposes young people to science with inherent purpose, but not every incidence where data must be collected requires adherence to such a model. A question you ask about the world initially, may only require an explanation stemming from data collected on reality itself. Non-experimental studies are often purely observational and the results intended to be purely descriptive, and the relatively low level of scientific rigor present may dissuade those attempting to prove theories with data collected in this manner, as opposed to using data in well-designed controlled studies (Thompson & Panacek 2007, 19). I would not be able to prove any causation through association of variables involved in my study based on mere observational data. Thompson, C. B., & Panacek, E. A. (2007). Research study designs: Non-experimental. Air Medical Journal , 26 (1), 18-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2006.10.003 #2 This week we are being inquired about our proposed usage of, and the possibility of our usage of, an experimental or a non-experimental approach. These approaches describe the broad terminology that is commonly used to designate a couple of the different types of experimental design for our research proposals. Experimental design is classified as the methods which are used in order to gather data for a research project. There exist many different approaches when it comes to conducting research for an experiment. While some may argue that one particular method of experimental design is superior to another method, what really matters is the focus …

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