LEG303 - Communication I

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Last revision date 2018-01-18 16:17:04.333
Last review date 2018-01-18 16:17:04.333

Subject Title
Communication I

Subject Description
In this course, the student will develop and practice the fundamentals of Standard English including grammar, sentence structure, and the conventions of Standard English. The student will develop and apply paragraph and essay research; organization and planning skills; develop and enhance independent learning skills; and develop and enhance e-learning capabilities. 

Credit Status
This is a credit course applicable towards the Legal Assistant Certificate Program offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify writing errors
  2. Organize written work
  3. Gather and select appropriate information for written communications
  4. Revise written communications

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline

  • Parts of speech
  • Correct word use and spelling
  • Basic sentence structure - the independent clause
  • Form and function of phrases
  • Standard and alternative sentence orders
  • Recognizing and correcting sentence fragments
  • Compound sentence structure - dependent and relative clauses
  • Subject/verb agreement
  • Pronouns, antecedents, and pronoun agreement
  • Subjective case and objective case pronouns
  • Parallel structure
  • Modifiers - dangling and misplaced
  • Verb tense
  • Correct use of voice
  • Subjunctive mood and modal auxiliaries
  • Punctuation and capitalization
  • Paragraph development
  • Organizing writing through outlining
  • Methods of paragraph development
  • Essay development and essay writing

Prescribed Texts
Write 1 (Canadian Edition); Kemper, Meyer, Van Rys, Sebranek, & Strurtridge;Nelson Education Ltd

ISBN 9780176515454 or 0176515453

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Test I on Units 1 to 4 - 25%
Test II on Units 5 to 7 - 25%
**tests are NOT invigilated
One APA citation assignment - 10%
Two paragraphs - (10% each) - 20%
One essay - 20%

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.
Student must do both tests and submit all assignments in order to pass the course.

Approved by: Sandra Noble