Midterm Project Proposal: Canoe Club at CCNY

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Posted on 28 Mar 2013 20:46

Defined by John Swales, discourse communities are “Groups that have goals or purposes, and use communication to achieve these goals.” The community that I chose is the concrete canoe club at CCNY. The reason I picked the group is that it is interesting and related to my major which is civil engineering. My proposal is a plain style where description is most important. It will cover the background of the club that introduces the history of this community. It also includes the purpose, main point, the stress of importance, and forecasts of the canoe club.

Description of the current situation
So far, I have read several pieces about discourse community such as “The Concept of Discourse Community,” by John Swales, “Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics- Introduction,” by James Gee and the “Nerd Girls,” by Mary Bucholtz. People always study discourse community because it is everywhere around us. Understanding a discourse community does not only helps us behave in a community but also teach us to recognize the difference between discourse community and speech community. All of these pieces revealed the definition and the function of the discourse community such as the shared goals and how members achieve their goals. In addition, Swales’ piece is very useful for my project. The six categories he mentioned are very helpful to me. It reminded me that I should try to write an essay that can suit those characteristics.

Description of the project plan
The first thing I will do is to use the logic map to lay out the solutions and both major and minor steps. I mainly focus on how members of this community community with each others. I will list several questions and solutions. For instance, I have questions of how to build a canoe and what materials they need. Do they have hierarchy? I listed several major steps of solutions. The first one is the experimental test of the canoe which includes a few minor steps such as static test and compression test. The second major step is material that includes wood, concrete, and so forth. The third one is the procedure of building a canoe contains the leadership and hierarachy and other specific minor steps.

Review of qualifications
My methodology is to gather a wide realm of information about the club. The most useful resource is the members of the group. One of my friends was in the canoe club last year and they won the champion in 2011.The interview with him is definitely helpful that can offer me specific information of the procedure. I can also gather information and opinions from websites. The website of the community at CCNY reveals acquirement and announcement for the non group members. Some affiliated links on the website can also offer diverse information. In addition, I tried to register to join the club which can offer me a chance to experience the research and process. I can also use own knowledge and skills that I've learned from my major classes to solve and explain some complicated procedure.

Discussion of costs/challenges
The greatest obstacle should be the research and solutions of the project. I need to explain mechanical principles and present materials to my readers. I also need to know what language these members use to discuss the matters. It needs professional knowledge and experience and thus I may need help from others who have better skills and intelligence than me.

Benefits and conclusion
In conclusion, the study offers me a chance to get closer to my major. I can learn abundant skills through the research such as static force, compression test, and usage and comparison of materials. It will be interesting because the cooperation among the members can be manifold. I can learn and draw on the experience that the members do to achieve their shared goals.

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