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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 311
Course Title: Descriptive Grammar of the English Language
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Descriptive Grammar of the English Language. Prerequisites: ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English literature course. Occasional offering.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English literature course. 

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Several suitable grammar texts are available for this course, including: 

English Grammar: Principles and Facts
By Kaplan, Jeffrey P. (Prentice Hall)
An Introductory English Grammar
By Stageberg, Norman C. (Holt, Rhinehart and Winston)
Understanding English Grammar
By Kolin, Martha (Longman)
Course Objectives
  • To understand the grammar of the English Language.
Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of descriptive English grammar.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the elements of English morphology.
  • Define and differentiate the elements of English sytax.
  • Notate English phrase structures and sentences of increasing complexity.
Topical Outline:
  • English morphology
  • English syntax
  • Exams, quizzes, homework, and other written work

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Johanna Denzin Date: May 15, 2014
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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