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Course Name
Writers at Work: A Review for Professionals - Part I

Contact Hours: 10

Course Description
This is the first of four review courses that together provide an in-depth review of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, sentence structure and style. Students may take the courses in sequence or pick and choose the courses that suit them. Part I of the review covers the most basic "nuts and bolts" of good writing: understanding parts of sentences and speech, ensuring sentence completeness and conquering common problems with subjects, verbs, and pronouns. Readings and exercises will help reinforce their understanding of the concepts. The instructor will be available for tutoring.



Outcome
Upon successful completion of the course:
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to identify and correctly use various parts of parts of speech.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of sentence completeness and an ability to recognize and revise fragments and run-on sentences.
  • The student will demonstrate an ability to recognize and to correct common problems with subject - verb agreement and errors in using pronouns.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of how to correct dangling and misplaced modifiers.

Assessment


Students will be assessed through self-test exercises and a mastery test taken at end of the class.


Required Book(s)

Outline
Week 1: The student will be given an overview of how sentences work together to form a paragraph. They will be looking at main and supporting sentence organization.


Week 2: Through reading, viewing PowerPoints, studying and completing exercises, students will review the parts of sentences and parts of speech, including subjects, predicates and modifiers, and prepositional phrases. The instructor will be available for tutoring and to answer questions.


Week 3: Through reading, studying and completing exercises, students will learn how to recognize and revise fragments and run-on sentences. The instructor will be available for tutoring and to answer questions.

Week 4: Through reading, studying and completing exercises, students will learn how to recognize and revise common problems in subject-verb agreement and pronouns. The instructor will be available for tutoring and to answer questions.