This course is part of the UBC Micro-certificate in Writing and Communication Skills for the Workplace.
Can’t remember the difference between a conjunction and a preposition? Want to know how to spot sentences that use the passive voice? Do your modifiers dangle?
Through a variety of written assignments, learn how to write well-constructed sentences and effective paragraphs. Topics include tips for devising clear, concise sentences, and avoiding common mistakes such as faulty parallelism, fragments, run-on sentences and dangling and misplaced modifiers.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to detect and correct grammatical errors in your writing and produce clear, concise prose.
Week 1: Starting with the Basics: Introduction to Grammar
Week 2: The Building Blocks: Parts of Speech
Week 3: The Framework: Sentence Structure
Week 4: The Framework: Sentence Structure and Challenging Construction
Week 5: Final Touches: Avoiding Common Errors
Week 6: Punctuation Hacks
How am I Assessed?
This course is graded as complete/incomplete based on participation.
Expect to spend 3–4 hours per week completing readings, exercises and assignments, and participating in online forum discussions.
To take this course, you’ll need access to:
- an email account
- a computer, laptop or tablet
- the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
- a reliable internet connection.
One day before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.
There are no textbooks for this course.
This course is 100% online and instructor supported. Course work is done independently and at your own pace within deadlines set by your instructor. This course does not have live online classes. Log in anytime to your course to access the lessons as they become available.
Please note you can log in to your course for up to three weeks after the course ends. You’ll no longer be able to access course materials after this time.