SST051 - Grammar is Important

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Subject Title
Grammar is Important

Subject Description
This subject is designed for students who are either hoping to be or already employed in an office setting, and are responsible for the preparation of correspondence where they are expected to correct grammatical errors as well as spell and punctuate correctly. Students learn to identify subjects, verbs, phrases, clauses, subject-verb agreement, working towards correct punctuation skills. Exercises are used to apply grammatical skills as they are taught.

Credit Status
This subject is applicable towards the Office Administration certificate programs 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 and correct incomplete and run-on sentences;

2. Proof-read and correct sentences and paragraphs;

3. Edit material by making appropriate grammatical and punctuation corrections;

4. Identify and correctly use the parts of speech and various types of clauses and phrases; and

5. Utilize correct grammar and punctuation in written assignments and tests.

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 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

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.


  • Students must enrol for EAP100 English Assessment and with a placement result of EAC149 or ESL934 are eligible to enrol in SST051.
  • May be taken concurrently with KIP103 or AIP203 (if KIP103 has been successfully completed).
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and subject prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Subject content and your professor's teaching assumes that students are academically prepared and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or advance standing for the prerequisite subject) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate subject with the risk of academic/financial penalty.
  • It is your responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student's class. 

Topic Outline
The order of the topics is at the discretion of the professor.  The content of one module does not have to be completed before another module is started, nor do the modules have to be taught in the order listed.  Rather by the end of the subject all the topics will have been covered.

  • Identifying and using parts of speech, subjects and verbs, basic sentence elements and patterns
  • Using and forming nouns and pronouns, including plurals, possessives, antecedents
  • Using and forming verbs, including kinds, tenses, active/passive, subject-verb agreements, verbals
  • Identifying and using modifiers and connecting words: adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions
  • Creating effective sentences with clauses and phrases
  • Using capitals, commas and other punctuation
  • Developing proofreading and editing skills  

Mode of Instruction
Students learn through a mixed mode delivery involving classroom lectures, classroom and homework assignments, and independent studies.  Students should have strong time management skills to ensure completion of online assignments and regular access to a computer with Internet access.

Blended models of delivery may also be available.

Prescribed Texts
An English Dictionary (Suggested dictionary: Collins Gage Canadian Paperback Dictionary)

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 ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized, correctly formatted and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.

Please Note

  • Assignments, tests and the final examination are evaluated on subject knowledge as well as correct language usage, organization, and mastery of the subject. 
  • In recognition of the significance of proper language skills in the workplace, marks are deducted, in accordance with departmental policy, for language errors on all tests, assignments and exams. (i.e. spelling, grammar, word usage, sentence, and paragraph structure, etc.) 
  • Assignments
  • The student must retain a copy of all assignments.
  • If assignments are handed in late without sufficient medical or other reason, which must be documented and approved, two marks per day will be deducted for each day the assignment is late up to a maximum of 10 marks in total. 
  • Assignments will not be accepted after the return of graded assignments to the class and/or the provision to the class of the answers to the assignment.
  • Written assignments must be word processed. At the professor’s discretion, assignments that are not word processed, may be subject to mark deduction or not accepted. 
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor within one week.  If your reason is accepted, the weighting of that test will be added to that of the final exam.  Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test.  You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence,  or other appropriate documentation.
  • Progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of the assignment requirements may be explained in class.

Final Exam/ Final Assignment
  • Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy if the Academic Policy available at Seneca Registration offices.
Academic Honesty

Students at Seneca College are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavours.  When students cheat on an examination, steal the words or ideas of another, or falsify their research results, it corrupts the learning process. A Seneca College degree, diploma or certificate signifies to society mastery of a set of defined learning outcomes in a designated field of study. If academic credit is obtained dishonestly, the value of every graduate's diploma in the field of study is diminished, as is the reputation of the college as a whole.

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty

The penalty for a first offence is a grade of '0' on the assignment or examination. The penalty for the second offence is expulsion for a time period determined by the Academic Honesty Committee, normally for a minimum of three semesters.

For further information refer to the policies section of the Seneca College student handbook, or to the following website: 

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Quizzes 20%
Midterm 20%
Assignments 15%
Independent Activities 15%
Final Exam 30%

Materials permitted into the test and exam are at the discretion of the instructor.

Approved by: Sandra Noble