Grammar for Writing Professionals
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 45.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Creative Writing
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190903_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This is a Niagara College course that is offered through Sheridan CAPS. Students who register for the course through Sheridan will receive credit from Sheridan College only. Access to the course materials will be through

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Potential editors, writers and proofreaders will find this course helpful. Gain a thorough knowledge of the editing and proofreading process. Gain experience recognizing and correcting errors in accordance with accepted Canadian standards. The importance of working as part of an editing team to help produce acceptable full-length manuscripts is emphasized. Topics include: producing edited copy demonstrating skill in correcting a variety of punctuation errors and word choice; the importance of editing for consistency; and using style guides.

Program Context

Creative Writing Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain the various forms of writing and range of writing styles.
  2. Recognize common errors in grammar.
  3. Explain the use of a prescribed writing style for mechanics.
  4. Apply standard editing procedures to faulty sentences and paragraphs.
  5. Explain writing and editing processes.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Writing Styles Assignment20.0%
 Proofreading: Common Errors Assignment20.0%
 Style Guide Assignment40.0%
 The Writing and Editing Process Assignment20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Other
    Notes:  This course is delivered through OntarioLearn at and is hosted by (Niagara College) NC-WRIT1081.

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: Online
Professor: Multiple Professors
OptionalTextbookBedford Basics: A Workbook for Writers, Diana Hacker & Wanda Van Goor, St. Martin's Press, 3rd, ISBN 0312154577

Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students
Course Details:

Students can expect content to include the below:

  • Compare narratives found in books with "hard news stories" and soft features in newspapers and magazines 
  • Examine the use of voice (style), paragraphing, punctuation, and mechanics, and illustrate how these are applied in various forms of writing
  • Analyze how our understanding of grammar, sentence strucutre, and tone influences our interpreation of a written work
  • Identify punctuation marks and their uses 
  • Identify punctuation styles appropriate to a specific audience or market
  • Identify the importance of editing for such problems as redundancies, clichés, exclusive language, and misused words 
  • Analyze copy that demonstrates common errors in word choice
  • Identify and describe paragraphing techniques used in different forms of writing 
  • Explain the importance of editing for consistency (spelling, numbers, attribution style)
  • Introduce, identify, and apply a style guide for writing
  • Produce a sample of editing copy demonstrating a prescribed writing style
  • Produce editing copy demonstrating skill in correcting a variety of punctuation errors, mechanics, word choice, and sentence structure 
  • Produce edited copy, demonstrating unified and coherent paragraphs
  • Edit sentences to produce grammatically accurate and effective prose 
  • Analyze the structure of a written work
  • Review and correct flaws in a written work
  • Identify the procedures for revising, editing, and proofreading a draft manuscript
  • Utilize editing and proofreading techniques with your work
  • Identify the types of editing and methods for revising, editing, and proofreading drafts and other written works 
  • Identify editing roles for newspapers, magazines, book publishing 
  • Review the process for team editing

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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