ComputerEngineering Community Discourse
ComputerEngineering Community Discourse
Theability to communicate in a coherent and cohesive way is vital in thelives of human beings. It is through communication, human shareideas, and knowledge. It is not only vital in social lives, but alsoin professional lives. Communication serves a different purpose indifferent situations. It is established that one needs to communicatewith people from different groups, notified as discourse communities(Borg, 2003). The importance of communication in these groups iscrucial for shared knowledge and similar interests. Since differentcommunities share distinct and unique interests, the method and meansof communication can be altered to suit those different groups. Forinstance, a group of doctors would engage in matters of health andother related aspects sports fans would talk about football. In thesame way, people in computer engineering field are likely to identifywith various aspects of engineering and their related aspects. Inthis field, the community uses different methods and platforms toreach their level of communication. I have provided a detailedanalysis of various issues important to the field of computerengineering. I will provide descriptive details of the communitydiscourse particularly with the major constructs of the topic inquestion.
Theprinciple construct of any community is the achievement of commongoals and values [ CITATION Zie14 l 1033 ].Like other engineering disciplines, computer engineering is entirelyconcerned with improvement and of various aspects ofhumankind concerning technology. Technology is a common trend, whichaffects all humanity in the modern time. The computer engineers areon the urge to improve on the existing technologies. It is thenparamount to find that engineers shall always communicate on variousideas of computer advancement and technology before launching to thepublic. The value clearly comes out in the constant development andadvancement of the already existing technology to improve on itseffectiveness. Since computer engineering is involved in bothsoftware and hardware engineering, integration of both aspects incontinuous development defines the community discourse of computerengineering.
Computerengineering entails two major specialties computer engineering andhardware engineering. Computer software engineering is involved inaspects of design, developing and testing of software. Areas involvedin computer software entail computer architecture, software systems,graphics, artificial intelligence and computations science [ CITATION Pah13 l 1033 ].Inmost cases, engineers in the community discourse engage in mattersrelating to these practices. For instance, it is very common to findcomputer engineers discussing issues and matters that relate to theinstallation of programs for design such as drawings, as it fallsinto the category of the specialties. Moreover, coding anddevelopment of various programs is a practice for these particularpeople. In line to this, the engineers in this field normally tacklechallenges and major issues emanating from these special areas.Computer hardware engineering on the other end involves dealing withphysical components such as circuit boards, microprocessors and evenrouters (Bellet al., 2014).It also entails making sure the configuration of the hardware iscompatible with the software used in computers. Involvement ofengineers in such areas in thus unavoidable.
Likeany other professional society, computer engineering requiresstrongly dedicated members. In most cases, this dedication comes outwhen an individual achieves their academic success in form of degreesand diplomas. Recognized degree and diploma programs are the mostrecognizable attributes of people in the society. Entry into collegefor a degree in computer engineering requires a high grade, someonewith knowledge in physics among others. It is also understood thatmany countries can only provide legislation for people to carry outcomputer engineering services after acquiring a minimum qualificationof a degree. Programs for degree involve 4 to 6 years of schooling,internship program, a project aimed at demonstrating skills for theindustry[ CITATION Dav13 l 1033 ].Throughthese programs, a person acquires concepts and ideas required toengage in the sector. Members with special and vital skills cancommunicate ideas, well understood by everybody in achieving theirgoals. With everybody having basic concepts about the field, it iseasy to engage in communication.
Thediscourse community encompasses the aspect of information andfeedback through diverse and multiple ways. Members of computerengineering society use means of communication such as social codingsites, social forums among others. Through the social forums, theengineers share knowledge on upcoming and trending issues in additionto challenges encountered in the industry. Other engineers areinvolved in various conferences and seminars that aim atcommunicating their ideas and opinions.
Thenature of communication between members of computer engineeringsociety is unique. The unique aspect of the communication is thecoding language. Different modes are used in different levels ofcollaboration. In the case when people are working on the sameproject, there is a common practice of use of code line. In thisline, popular programming languages are used to decode information.The intent of the communication is to provide a short informationabout a project and how it can be easily done. Looping and othervital aspects are considered as mainly language aspects used by theengineers. It can also be established that use of symbols isdominant in computer engineering society. It is understood thatengineers use circuit boards and other systems that apply the use ofstandard symbols. As denoted by [CITATION Dav13 l 1033 ]symbolsare common aspects included in various societies of engineering.
Thedemography traits of the members is well inclusive. Being aprofessional society, the aim of the community is to provideinnovative solutions and ideas to the engineering world, withoutdiscrimination. It is in that regard the society includes peoplefrom various demographic type. All people, young or old, male orfemale, black or white are all included in this society. Therationale for diversification is to ensure all the ideas are shared.
Otherpertinent issues shared by members of the computer engineeringcommunity include professionalism, honesty, and courtesy. The membersbelieve that only professionalism can make the members to becommitted to their jobs. It is through professionalism, which a jointteam can carry out various tasks of computer engineering effectively.Moreover, considering the area entails technical aspect, which canonly be effectively communicated through professionalism. Commonprofessionalism tactics employed in computer engineering include theuse of emails as opposed to email, constant communication, theredefinition of variables among others.
Inconclusion, the communication of computer engineers is defined byunique attributes. It is through these attributes the engineers canunderstand each other. The discourse community can be described usingthe following characteristics. First, possession of a degree enablesenrichment of various skills that needed to understand major aspectsof the industry. Second, the values and common goal for all themembers include improvement of technology and creating theunderstanding of the computer-engineering sector. Third, use ofdesignated social forums and programs for sharing knowledge andideas. Lastly, utilization of specific and unique language forimportant aspects of computer engineering.
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