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Overview
level of study Level 1, 2, 3, Master's and PhD level
time taken to complete 8 x 1 hour sessions

This course has now finished for this term. Please check back at the end of September for next term's dates.

This course will help you to develop your communication skills, both written and verbal. Being able to identify grammatical patterns and then apply them to your own work will improve the clarity of your work.

Information: Modules that carry the AS- code are non-credit bearing modules. This means that successful completion of these modules by attending 80% of the course, will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Syllabus

This course will take place online, and is made up of the following one hour sessions:

SESSION ONE: Parts of Speech

In this session, students will be taught to identify the requisite parts of speech on which a deeper understanding of grammar can be built.

SESSION TWO: Clauses

In this session, the different types of clauses will be identified using the 5 clause elements which constitute main and subordinate clauses. Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions will be duly addressed.

SESSION THREE: Sentence Types, Fragments and Ellipsis

In this session, students will learn to identify the four main types of sentence and the rules of punctuation governing them. In addition, students will be able to identify ellipsis and other issues which result in sentence fragmentation.

SESSION FOUR: Commas, Commas, Commas

In this session, students will learn to identify and use commas correctly when separating clause types (defining and non-defining), listing adjectives, in relation to stance adverbials, and in sections of a sentence.

SESSION FIVE: Semicolons and Colons

In this session, students will learn to identify and use semicolons and colons accurately and effectively based on the knowledge acquired in the previous weeks.

SESSION SIX: Nominalisation and Apostrophes

In this session, techniques around nominalisation will be introduced, and the rules governing the use of apostrophes will be identified and explored.

SESSION SEVEN: Fluidity in Writing and Dangling Participles

The problems of dangling participles will be presented in this class and how best they can be addressed will be explored. In addition, techniques achieving fluidity in writing will be presented with some tasks for the students to practise these.

SESSION EIGHT: Putting it all together

In this final session, all of the techniques presented so far will be drawn together in order to show how an effective writer is able to control their use of grammar to express meaning clearly.