Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitEnglish
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Peter Groves


Previously coded ENH2620


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)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour seminar per week

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