ENGL1101 English Grammar and Composition


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ENGL1101 is an introduction to principles of English grammar for the purpose of helping Learners read with comprehension and begin to develop tools for effective written communication. 


Anne Fenske, M.A. 
John Oglesby, MA 
Mark Perkins, M.Div 
Dan Starcevich, Th.M, Ph.D 



Module 1 – An Introduction to English Grammar 

An overview of grammar within the English language will be provided covering topics such as origins of language, place of grammar in worldview, and the basic components of grammar.  


 Module 2 – An Introduction to the Parts of Speech 

The parts of speech will be presented in a categorical fashion and briefly explained. Their purpose, effectiveness, and proper usage will be carefully examined.  


Module 3 – Introduction to Syntax 

An introduction to the syntax of the English language including the connection of words, sentences, and paragraphs.  


Module 4 – Hermeneutics and Grammar – Understanding Through Reading 

An examination of the importance of hermeneutics within the study of grammar and vice versa. The relationship of hermeneutics and grammar for proper understanding is covered in detail. 


Module 5 – First Principles in Writing 

An examination of the first principles for effective writing including establishing proper research questions, establishing the proper audience, and establishing proper purpose.  


Module 6 – Research Using Digital Resources 

An exploration of various digital research tools showing the effectiveness of efficient research among digital resources.  


Module 7 – Synthesizing Information for Writing 

An explanation of the art of taking much research and effectively presenting it as one logical, synthesized progression in writing. 


Module 8 – Proper Writing Style 

An explanation of the basic rules of APA, MLA, and Chicago Style while briefly explaining when each style is appropriate to utilize in writing.  


Module 9 – Tools for Writing Effectively 

An exploration of very practical tools to use whenever one is attempting to write. These tools are useful whenever writing tweets, blog posts, books, and a wide range of other forms of writing.  


Module 10 – Ethics of Research and Writing 

An examination of proper ethical mandates from the Biblical worldview whenever approaching the task of researching and writing. Issues such as plagiarism, citations, etc. will be addressed.  



Required Texts

  1. All CBU courses use the Bible as a primary textbook. Translations used for coursework include any of the following: NASB, ESV, KJV, and NKJV. Other translations/versions may be used for complementary study and research.  
  2. Kevin Cannon, Information Now: 2nd Edition (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL: 2021) ISBN: 978-0226766119. $18.00. 
  3. James Chapman, Handbook of Grammar and Composition: 5th Edition (A Beka Book, Pensacola, FL: 1970) $27.00. 



      Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

      1. To recall information helping with research and writing.  
      2. To prepare Learners for the research and writing components of their academic programs.  
      3. To equip Learners with the ability to utilize physical and electronic resources for research and writing. 
      4. To equip Learners with the ability to properly format writing for their area of study.  


        Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

        PLOs for A. Ed:  

        1. To prepare Learners for specialized undergrad study in transformative education theory and in leadership strategies.
        2. To provide Learners key worldview foundations for critical thinking and study.  
        3. To provide Learners with practical experience germane to their transformative learning and leadership.  

        PLOs for B. Ed: 

        1. To prepare Learners for roles in transformative education teaching and service.
        To provide Learners a foundation for effective individual and organizational leadership in diverse environments.  
        3. To ensure Learners demonstrate worldview foundation for empowering people and building communities.  
        4. To develop Learners who formulate the Biblical approach to transformative learning and leadership


        CBU Learning Outcomes (CBULOs)

        1. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Research – Learners will demonstrate ability to think critically, solve problems, and conduct interdisciplinary research at a level appropriate to their program.
        2. Personal Growth – Learners will understand how learning is related to personal growth, and will be challenged to grow in their thinking, communication, conduct, and engagement with others.
        3. Skills Development – Learners will advance in skills related to their area of learning, demonstrating a level of competency appropriate to their program.
        4. Social Responsibility – Learners will appreciate the diversity in and value of others as designed by our Creator, and will grow in willingness and capability to serve others.
        5. Worldview Applications – Learners will become capable at thinking from a worldview perspective and will understand the relationship of description and prescription, so that they can ground their actions in sound principles.


        Assignments and Grading (1000 Points)

        1. Module Assessments (25 points each x 10)                           250 Points (Multiple Choice)
                              a. CLO 1 / PLO 3,4 / CBULO 1,2
        2. Course Content Assessment                                                    250 Points (Multiple Choice)
                              a. CLO 2 / PLO 3,4 / CBULO 3,5
        3. Reading Content Assessment                                                  250 Points (Multiple Choice)
                              a. CLO 1 / PLO 3,4 / CBULO 1,2
        4. Competency Assessment –
                              a. Writing: Research and write a 1000-word essay on a topic of choice beginning with five research questions which will be adequately answered                                  throughout the paper.
                                   i. CLO 3 / PLO 1,2 / CBULO 4,5                            250 Points

        Grading Scale

        91-100%          A

        81-90%            B

        71-80%            C

        61-70%            D

        0-60%              F


        Carnegie Unit Credit Hour Equivalent

        Total Hours of Module Content: 20 hours  

        Total Hours of Reading Content: 35 hours 

        Total Hours of Minor Assessments: 35 hours 

        Total Hours of Major Assessment: 10 hours 

        Total Hours of Competency Assessment: 35 hours 

        Equivalent of 1 Credit Hour (135 hours of total course time) 

        Course Duration Policy

        Learners may complete the course in as few as four weeks and in as many as sixteen weeks from the date of enrollment. 

        Writing Style Policy

        All written assessments must follow the style guide appropriate for each course subject as listed below:

        • PHIL/HUMA/HIST/LANG/BIBL – Chicago Style (The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers, Seventeenth Edition)
        • EDUC/SCIE/MATH/PSYC – APA Style (The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition)
        • ENGL – MLA Style (MLA Handbook, Ninth Edition)
        Standard of Intellectual Honesty

        By enrolling in a CBU degree program, Learners commit that they will not give or receive aid in any work that is to be used by the professor as the basis of grading, and that, and will do their part to ensure that other Learners uphold CBU's Standards of Intellectual Honesty.

        The CBU faculty manifests its confidence in the honor of its Learners by refraining from proctoring examinations and from taking unusual and unreasonable precautions to prevent intellectual dishonesty.

        While the CBU faculty alone has the right and obligation to determine academic requirements, Learners and faculty collaborate to establish the conditions for learning that is worthy of the worldview that CBU represents.

        Intellectual dishonesty includes but is not limited to:

        1. Copying from another’s work or allowing another to copy from one’s own work
        2. Representing as one’s own work the work of another
        3. Other forms of plagiarism.
        4. Unpermitted collaboration or provision of aid on an academic assignment
        5. Using the same paper or other coursework too satisfy the requirements of more than one course or degree

        The standard penalty for a first offense may include a failing grade for the course in which the violation occurred. Repeated offenses may include academic suspension or dismissal.