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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Baden Eunson


This second/ third year unit considers the structure and use of English grammar and the applications of that learning to composition and style. It considers major models of grammar or syntax and morphology (traditional, generative/transformational, and functional), punctuation, lexis or vocabulary, historical development, geographical and social variation, registers, genres, rhetoric, corpus linguistics, text types or discourse styles, and will then link these theoretical bases to practical expressive techniques.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to

  1. Explain different approaches to understanding the structure of English.
  2. Explain how historical development of the language has produced problems and opportunities for modern usage.
  3. Understand the relationships between grammar (syntax and morphology) and punctuation.
  4. Explain the relationship between theoretical models of grammar on the one hand and practical written and verbal expression and usage and style problems on the other.
  5. Demonstrate the stylistic differences between different genres, registers, text types or discourse styles.
  6. Analyse and edit texts created by others and by themselves.
  7. Teach English grammar and style to others.


Tutorial attendance and participation : 10%
Essay 1 (1500 words) : 20%
Essay 2 (1500 words) : 20%
Examination (2 hours (1500 words)) : 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Baden Eunson

Contact hours

3(one one-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study