SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 8:13:25 AMBGN 71 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

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Discipline and Nbr:  BGN 71Title:  BUSINESS ENGLISH  
Full Title:  Business English Grammar
Last Reviewed:4/25/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled01 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course covers the finite points of English grammar usage preparing students for the professional demands of analyzing and writing correct sentences; using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary in business writing, formal reports, and marketing materials.  Includes the use of standard reference sources and proofreader's marks for editing business-related sentences, paragraphs, and documents.  


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course covers the finite points of English grammar preparing students for the professional demands of correct sentences, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary as used in formal reports, writing, and marketing materials.  Includes using standard reference sources and proofreader's marks.  
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1998Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Analyze the underlying structures of the English language including
   grammar, syntax, phonetics, and socio-linguistic intention.
2.  Identify parts of speech in complicated sentences.
3.  Differentiate among, examine, and create simple, compound, and
   complex and compound-complex sentences.
4.  Develop grammatically correct sentences including gender correct
   reference, reflexive pronouns, antecedent references, etc.
5.  Punctuate sentences correctly including degrees, subjunctive
   sentences, "bullets," commas, etc.
6.  Spell words correctly, capitalize words correctly, and write numbers
   according to conventional usage including corporate names, dates,
   abbreviations, etc.
7.  Organize and revise sentences and paragraphs to insure readability.
8.  Develop effective electronic messages following traditional writing
9.  Employ the use of a dictionary to identify and verify correct word
   spelling, usage, etymologies, definitions, synonyms, and antonyms.
10. Use a reference manual to locate answers to specific questions when
   composing sentences, paragraphs, and business-related documents.
11. Proofread written material developed by others, identify errors,
   and make corrections.  

Topics and Scope
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I. History of the English language
     A.  Language origins
     B.  A brief historical perspective
     C.  Word order languages vs. case languages
     D.  Why English is such a difficult language to learn and use
          1.  English phonetics
          2.  spelling
          3.  language change
II. Laying the Foundation
     A. Reference skills
          1. dictionary
          2. reference manual
          3. thesaurus
          4. appropriate use of software spelling and grammar checks
     B. Overview of parts of speech
     C. Sentences
          1. elements
          2. patterns
          3. types
III. Parts of Speech
     A. Nouns
     B. Pronouns
          1. personal
          2. antecedents
     C. Verbs
          1. kinds
          2. voices
          3. moods
          4. tenses
          5. verbals
          6. agreement with subject
     D. Adjectives
     E. Adverbs
     F. Prepositions
     G. Conjunctions
          1. coordinate
          2. correlative
          3. subordinate
          4. conjunctive adverbs
IV.   Punctuation
     A. Commas
     B. Semi-colons
     C. Colons
     D. Other
V.   Writing with Style
     A. Capitalization
     B. Numbers
     C. Word choice
         1. correct spelling
         2. clear vocabulary
     D. Effective sentences
     E. Logical paragraphs
     F. Consistency with "bullets" and lists
     G. Effective e-mail techniques
VI.  Proofreading
     A. Applying proofreader's marks
     B. Revising copy containing proofreader's marks
VII. Effects of Clear Writing
     A. Sociolinguistics and communications
     B. Value to business of effective communications
     C. Personal gains of clear communications  

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1.  Complete pre- and post-chapter tests.
2.  Complete chapter exercises.
3.  Write simple, compound, complex, compound-complex sentences.
4.  Complete short writing assignments such as paragraphs, memos,
   and short letters.
5.  Study spelling and vocabulary lists.
6.  Edit and correct material with proofreader's marks.
7.  Quizzes, mid-term and final exams.  

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 50%
Written homework
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 25%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 50%
Multiple choice, True/false, Completion, Composition
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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BUSINESS ENGLISH AT WORK, 2nd Edition, Jaderstrom and Miller
 Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 2003
 Clark & Clark, South-Western Educational Publishing. 2004
 and How 10 Workbook

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