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 Course Title:   Improving Grammar I

 Title Abbreviation:   IMPROVING GRAMMAR I

 Department:    ENGL

 Course #:    97

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    330103

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Designed to teach students to write, analyze, and revise their own sentences and to begin to develop coherent paragraphs.


Prerequisite: Appropriate test score and concurrent enrollment or completion of CSS 103

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Control the syntax of their own sentences:
    • Identify and correct fragments, run-ons, and comma splices.
    • Apply knowledge of sentence analysis to revise/correct ineffective sentences they hae written.
    • Identify and correct S-V agreement, pronoun reference agreement, and very tense errors.
    • Understand the relationship of punctuation to syntax and apply punctuation rules to their own sentences.
    • Develop an analytical and systematic approach discovering sentence errors.
  2. Write a paragraph that has unity of idea and form.
  3. Write a paragraph that has coherence.
  4. Demonstrate ability to understand and apply diverse perspectives.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

Course Contents

  1. Paper format
  2. Elements of a sentence: subjects, verbs, prepositional phrases
  3. Four types of sentences
  4. Sentence combining: coordinate conjunctions, transitional words, dependent words
  5. Punctuation: endmarks, apostrophes, quotation marks, commas
  6. Writing errors created by sentence fragements, run-ons, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, pronoun reference, point of view, dangling modifiers, faulty parallelism.
  7. Elements of a paragraph: topic sentence, development, transitions, conclusion
  8. Proofreading and rewriting