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Revised Midterm Fall 2012 posted on 25 May 2013 03:35

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great paper but I dont see a works cited page anywhere…
(by mila12345 28 Oct 2017 19:01, posts: 1)
This was my pitch. I removed it and posted it in the appropriate place.
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Hi Liudi, One of the first things I noticed is that your project proposal is very well organized...
(by BrianWang 22 Mar 2013 14:37, posts: 1)
Hi Kenichi. You project interests me a lot just because I had my Steam account since 2010. I am a...
(by Nelsyda Perez 22 Mar 2013 13:27, posts: 1)
Hi Nelsyda, The first thing I noticed that I enjoyed about your piece was that you formatted it...
(by BrianWang 22 Mar 2013 13:22, posts: 1)
Hi Chris! I feel as if your project is somewhat unique. Even though Swales claims that academic...
(by Nelsyda Perez 22 Mar 2013 12:56, posts: 2)
Zeyad, you, once again, took on a unique look on this midterm project! When you first mention...
(by Sunny Aggarwal 22 Mar 2013 03:41, posts: 1)
Hey Chris! You indeed did take on a very unique standpoint on discourse communities (i.e. with...
(by Sunny Aggarwal 22 Mar 2013 03:19, posts: 2)

James Kasakyan Midterm Revision Project

by James KasakyanJames Kasakyan 24 May 2013 17:46

Clarifying misconceptions: In defense of online communities
James Kasakyan
April 12, 2013

Syllabus Study: Writing Disparity Between Different Majors

by Nelsyda PerezNelsyda Perez 23 May 2013 15:19

Syllabus Study: Writing Disparity Between Different Majors
Christopher Aebig, Stephanie Bodre, James Kasakyan, Nelsyda Perez and Peter Zupo
The City College of New York

Zupo Subway History

by Peter ZupoPeter Zupo 23 May 2013 05:28

New York City is arguable the greatest city on the planet. Although it is one of the greatest and busiest tourist attractions in the world, it is also home to over 8 million people. A majority of these people commute to work everyday using the New York City subway system. In fact, the annual ridership for the year 2012 is 1,654,582,265 riders. While many people do take the subway every single day (including myself), I’m sure many people do not know the history behind the great system that they take everyday. The New York City Subway system has a great and intricate history that should be better known to the people who ride it everyday.

Zupo Fall 2012 Diagnostic

by Peter ZupoPeter Zupo 23 May 2013 05:16

“Diagnostic Prompt: Budding Engineer”

Peter Zupo Midterm Revision Project

by Peter ZupoPeter Zupo 23 May 2013 04:55

The main point of this report is to show how a worker’s union, specifically the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, uses the characteristics described by John Swales in the definition of a discourse community, to achieve its goals. It uses various forms of communication, both written and oral, to achieve its goals of getting better rights for electricians throughout the world. The IBEW uses various written genres, lexis, mechanisms for communication, and the various experience levels of its workers to introduce new workers to the methods of achieving their goals, and keeping current workers informed of how there are achieving their goals. It also shows that it would be a great choice for a new electrician to join this union because of their ability to communicate within their group and their ability to achieve better rights for electricians. The research for this report is drawn from a personal interview with my father, who is a New York City electricians a part of the IBEW, and also from various written genres that the union puts out to its members, whether internationally or among the local New York Metropolitan area electricians. Overall, the report reflects on the fact that by having the characteristics prescribed by John Swales in his definition of a discourse community, the IBEW is able to achieve their goals and keep the members of their community informed about the work that they are doing to achieve better rights for the electricians.

Eli's Revision Proposal

by Eli HochEli Hoch 05 May 2013 03:45

1. The Audience
The audience I am going for are future doctors or people that plan on working as doctors. The people that should be reading this are people that have read my first draft of the project and want more detail on the two new criteria I offer for a discourse community
2. Three Key Questions
What is the conflict that occurs in a doctor’s workplace?
How do Doctor’s use their passion of medicine while working?
Why are passion and conflict important to doctors?
3. Writerly challenges and Concrete Goals
I want to prove that conflict and passion are necessary pieces of a working doctor’s community
- I believe this is important because this is what my focus is on and I believe I am right about this.
- If I succeed it will be proven in the paper and very easy to see.
- If I fail I will proabably admit it in the paper because if I do then I will have to chage my thesis into saying that I failed
I want to make sure I use quotations effectively
- I believe this is important because one of my biggest changes in this paper is that I am interviewing someone for it so I want to show that I did the interview and how it has proven that I am right
- If I succeed there will be quotes used effectively in my paper
- If I fail there either won’t be quotes or they will be used ineffectively
I want to have a good introduction
- The most important part of a paper I believe is the introduction because it says everything from what you are going to do in the paper to if you will even be interested in the paper I am writing
- If I succeed my introduction will be good
- If I fail then my introduction will be bad
4. Genre Models
This essay example shown at the bottom of this link is a good example of an argumentative essay which is what my paper will be about. It shows me that argumentative essays are structured in a very specific way and formatted well.

Freebie Assignment: A Blockbuster and An Engineering Feat

by F MamedovaF Mamedova 05 May 2013 02:34

Write a film review for a newsletter, Engineering in Culture. The newsletter has two related missions: a) to promote public interest in engineering and raise public awareness of the important work engineers do in society; b) critique inaccurate, stereotyped, or negative representations of scientists and engineers that appear in mainstream media.
Your review should name a particular cultural representation of engineering or a specific engineer, summarize the nature of this representation, and either recommend it or not recommend it for the newsletter's audience. You can set whatever criteria for evaluation that you think is appropriate for this venue.

Freebie Assignment: movie review of 2012

by Eli HochEli Hoch 03 May 2013 20:54

To say that 2012 was not a rip-off of the Noah story in the bible with John Cusack would be a lie. Even so, overall they did a pretty good job on this movie. The movie’s premise is about the Mayan’s prediction of the world ending in 2012. It focuses on a failed writer who does everything he can to save his two kids, his ex-wife and her new boyfriend. (It seems a little absurd because about everyone in the whole world dies in this movie die but when watching, you are still rooting for just these five people to survive.) Other then them, the governments of the world try and do everything in their power to make sure that the human race survives.
I am writing this in order to talk about the ridiculous scientific and engineering ‘concepts’ in the film. To say Hollywood outdid themselves on the ludicrousness is an understatement. The movie starts off with talking about neutrinos and how there heating up is going to cause all the chaos. Fact check: neutrinos pass through matter undisturbed and can barely make an omelet. In fact about 40 trillion neutrinos pass through you every second. How could they possibly heat up the center of the earth? Honestly I think they could have come up with a better reason as to why the world was going to crumble into pieces. There are so many issues in this world like global warming or nuclear warheads; they for some reason chose one of the most unlikely things to destroy the planet. I think Independence Day’s premise was more believable then this and that involved psychic aliens.
Now that we are sure the world will not be falling apart anytime soon, lets go to the end of the movie (spoilers ahead) where the whole final premise is the huge gate on the “ark” can’t close so the engine can’t start. Huh? The engine has a fail-safe that is connected to the gate? This is like saying that your car won’t start because your trunk is open. No engineer in his or her right mind would ever make one dependent on the other because maybe something gets jammed. Oh wait that is literally what happened in the movie.
They did get some things right though. There are theories among scientists who believe that the polarity of the earth will change again just like it has in the past. This will not do to the world like what happened in the movie but it could affect many of the electronics in the world.
Besides for these ‘minor’ details the movie was a very thrilling movie and 100% worth seeing. The graphics were good and it was kind of cool seeing the earth literally crumble into pieces. Just because Hollywood does not always get the right idea when it comes to the science does not mean it’s not a good movie. My job here is not to say a movie is good or bad (I like to anyways) it’s to be a realist.

Midterm Revision: A Look at the ASCE Student Chapter at CCNY

by Nelsyda PerezNelsyda Perez 29 Apr 2013 17:55

TO: Andrew Lucchesi
FROM: Nelsyda Perez
DATE: 29 April 2013
SUBJECT: Midterm Revision Proposal

Engineering in Culture: Apollo 13 (1995)

by Nelsyda PerezNelsyda Perez 28 Apr 2013 18:26

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Leading Cast: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlin
Director: Ron Howard
Writer(s): William Broyles Jr, Al Reinert
Genre: Drama, History

Proposal for Midterm Piece

by Stefanie ReichmanStefanie Reichman 28 Apr 2013 05:07

Stefanie Reichman
Topic: CE department in CCNY
The imagined audience for this piece, much like the midterm piece itself, is geared towards the CE department. Where the midterm was slightly more for students and freshmen, I would like the revision to be more for the faculty members. I would like the revision to suggest what things the department could do in order to help the students acclimate. One important aspect I would like to investigate is mentorship.

Freebie Assignment: Engineering in Culture

by Yipeng LuanYipeng Luan 21 Apr 2013 20:13

The film I chose is very famous and familiar to us. It’s about James Bond. I picked the most recent one “Skyfall” as an example to introduce and analyze engineering in our culture. Let’s ignore the beauties and exaggerated actions and focus on the technology Bond used in the movies. You may believe that most of them are fake or unreal. However, most of them come from the real materials in our life and they are the contributions of engineers. Engineers are people who build and develop our world.

BP7: The Shitty Writing Method

by George BasalyGeorge Basaly 19 Apr 2013 03:39

In Sondra Perl’s article, “The Composing Processes of Unskilled College Writers,” Perl gives the readers an analysis of the results of a study done on students and writing. Perl discusses three questions: how unskilled writers write, can their processes be analyzed in a schematic matter, and can an increased understanding in the matter suggest anything about writing in school? She delves into the different strategies that are used by the students, and how these strategies help the students be better writers. Perl came to realize that many students use their own experiences to help further their writing and answer the question being asked. I personally agree with this statement because I always HATED when my teachers in high school would force-feed some bullshit writing method that HAD to be implemented, which I think hindered me into becoming a terrible writer. I’d rather just write what’s on my mind, as I’m doing so now (from past experience as Perl stated) because I can actually develop a mind and make the writing sound more interesting. I don’t think anyone would want to just sit there and read a boring formatted writing that follows a certain prewrite stage. I think according to the case study of Tony, he had been taught to reread his every thought as I had been taught, and this is where I think the flaw is. Tony produced more words in the reflexive writing section, which I think is how we should all be taught how to write. Perl states, “Tony exhibited a number of strategies that served him as a writer whether the mode was extensive or reflexive. Given any topic, the first operation he performed was to focus in and narrow down the topic. He did this by rephrasing the topic until either a word or an idea in the topic linked up with something in his own experience” THIS is how writing should be taught!! Tony obviously felt more comfortable relating the topic to his own experience because at that point, his mind starts flowing with creative writing juices, allowing him to fully expand on the topic, rather than the extensive method that led to more errors and flaws in Tony’s writing.

Blog Post 7 - Berkenkotter's Experiment

by Kenichi YamamotoKenichi Yamamoto 19 Apr 2013 02:31

In the paper Decisions and Revisions: The Planning Strategies of a Publishing Writer, Berkenkotter wrote extensively on the writing process, using an accomplished writer known as Donald Murray to analyze the underlying processes that writers undergo when developing a particular argument or idea. In order to accomplish this task, she frequently recorded Murray's thoughts when writing over a several month period, making him read aloud his thoughts as he went about coming up with ideas for a story or article in a natural setting, with no particular time constraints or other limitations in place. Recording this information into a table organized by the percentage of time revising, editing, etc, she hoped to capture a firsthand glimpse into what writers truly think about when writing and identify key traits or activities that separate good writers such as Murray from others.

BP 7: Quantifying Quality for Data

by F MamedovaF Mamedova 19 Apr 2013 02:10

Betty Samraj, Lenore Monk, "The statement of purpose in graduate program applications: Genre structure and disciplinary variation"

Methods of Differentiation

by Christian SalvatChristian Salvat 19 Apr 2013 02:01

In this paper, "The Novice as Expert: Writing the Freshman Year", Nancy Sommers and Laura Saltz explores the changes that occur in college freshmen writing beginning with their first college experience all the way throughout their college careers. This study was applied to freshmen students at the Harvard University. The research is composed of actual class assignments made by the students who volunteered to be part of this study, Harvard Study of Undergraduate Writing. This study was applied to 422 students which is only 25% of the Harvard Class of 2011. The authors’ approach of study or methodology is a combination of quantitative and qualitative studies. Surveys as part of the quantitative study were completed by each student every academic year. In addition, primary sources of written assignments, feedbacks, and papers were collected from each student as part of the qualitative study. The Harvard Study of Undergraduate Writing also interviewed each student every academic year. However, out of the 422 students who volunteered 65 were selected to be studied in depth.

Sommers and Saltz: Freshman Writing Study

by sbodresbodre 19 Apr 2013 01:59

Sommers and Saltz developed a study to discover how freshman students experience college. They followed a sample of 422 students and a sub sample of 65 students from Harvard's class of 2001. The authors chose a combination of a qualitative and quantitative method of study. It was qualitative in the sense that they were analyzing the students' writing. It was quantitative in the sense that they gave out surveys and interviewed students. They kept interviewing and taking samples of their writing each semester. 94% of the original sample stayed the entire four years.

The Statement of Purpose: A Methodological Study

by Nelsyda PerezNelsyda Perez 19 Apr 2013 01:57

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