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    Intended for students enrolling in Syntax, this syllabus contains information specific to the course. It is a definitive record of the course's primary characteristics and the learning outcomes that a typical student can reasonably be expected to achieve if he/she takes full advantage of the available learning opportunities. This document also serves as a reference for academic and support staff, internal and external examiners, and for future course monitoring and review.


    Course Title


    Subject Area


    Course Code

    LING 50041

    Course Level





    LING 50011

    Methods of Delivery



    Expected Length

    5.0 Weeks

    Class Meetings

    Dependent on the choice made during enrollment


    Michael Knight


    Computer Software: Any computer software that aids learning.


    Text 1: IESS

    Title: An Introduction to English Sentence Structure

    Author(s): Andrew Radford

    Edition: 2th

    ISBN: 9781108884327


    This course aims to enable students to apply modern syntax frameworks to analyzing language data and to discover and formulate observationally, descriptively, and explanatorily adequate hypotheses. Students can evaluate different analyses for particular facts by providing syntactic argumentation and verifying their empirical predictions. 


    Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to: 


    • Identify the syntactic properties of lexical items in their role as the building blocks of phrases and clauses. 

    • Analyze the basic structure of phrases and clauses, and discover and formulate hypotheses that are observationally, descriptively, and explanatorily adequate. 

    • Determine whether particular examples observe general principles of grammar. 

    • Argue for or against a particular analysis.

  • WEEK 1

    Module 1

    Grammar I


    Module 2

    Grammar II


    Module 3

    Grammar III


    Module 4

    Heads, Complements and Specifiers I


    WEEK 2

    Module 5

    Heads, Complements and Specifiers II


    Module 6

    Heads, Complements and Specifiers III


    Module 7

    Adjuncts I


    WEEK 3

    Module 8

    Adjuncts II


    Module 9

    Adjuncts III


    Module 10

    Null Constituents I


    Module 11

    Null Constituents II


    WEEK 4

    Module 12

    Null Constituents III


    Module 13

    Head Movement I


    Module 14

    Head Movement II


    WEEK 5

    Module 15

    Head Movement III


    Module 16

    Phrasal Movement I


    Module 17

    Phrasal Movement II


    Module 18

    Phrasal Movement III



    WEIGHT: 10.0%
    DEADLINE: 23:59 (GMT+0) on Sunday of Week 5

    All students are expected to participate in all types of classroom activities. Regular attendance is required in order to maximize the number of opportunities to engage in classroom activities. Marks are based on the quality of the contributions made rather than the quantity of posts submitted, comments made in class, etc.  


    Students are encouraged to exchange contact information and support one another should any classes be missed. They are advised to contact the course instructor about any concerns they may have.  


    WEIGHT: 30.0%
    DEADLINE: 23:59 (GMT+0) on Sunday of Week 1-4

    General Information

    There will be four problem sets, which test students’ knowledge of key concepts covered in the course. 

    Problem Set I
    • Weight: 7.5%

    • Deadline: 23:59 (GMT+0) on Sunday of Week 1

    Problem Set II
    • Weight: 7.5%

    • Deadline: 23:59 (GMT+0) on Sunday of Week 2

    Problem Set III
    • Weight: 7.5%

    • Deadline: 23:59 (GMT+0) on Sunday of Week 3

    Problem Set IV
    • Weight: 7.5%

    • Deadline: 23:59 (GMT+0) on Sunday of Week 4


    WEIGHT: 60.0%
    DEADLINE: 23:59 (GMT+0) on Sunday of Week 5

    General Information

    This must be eight pages (approximately two thousand words) not including references, title page, and appendix. The purpose of this assessment is to determine the level of comprehension and mastery of the material covered over five weeks, focusing on the practical aspects of the course. The deadline to submit this assessment is always on Sunday at 23:59 (GMT+0) of Week 5. The grade is stored in the online grade book. As only one attempt per piece of coursework is allowed, it is highly recommended that students review all course materials and complete some test preparation tasks before attempting the graded assessment. 


    Students will write a review of an article related to the material covered in class. The article review will include: (i) a summary of the general point (or points) made in the article; (ii) one or two points of criticism regarding either the reasoning, argumentation, and/or data; and (iii) one or two well-articulated open questions regarding the analysis (or analyses) in the article (for example, the open questions could have to do with predictions made but not discussed in the article or with general theoretical and/or conceptual problems).  

    Evaluation Criteria

    To be found in the assignment section on the course website in Nebula.


    All students are required to participate in all classroom activities, attend classes regularly, and prepare before classes for classroom activities that require advance preparation. Students need to fully appreciate that good attendance results in more opportunities to engage in quality participation, which, in turn, results in a more thorough acquisition of subject knowledge and higher participation grades.

    Participation in classroom discussions and other types of activities indicates that students have read the assigned readings. Grades will not be based on the number of posts submitted or comments made in the classroom but on the overall quality of contributions to discussions.

    If a student is unable to attend 3 or more classes, he/she may be asked to complete additional assignments to complete the course.

    Modes of Attendance
    • For the portions of the course that take place over Microsoft Teams: Students are required to arrive on time and engage appropriately with their fellow students, their teacher(s) and course materials. They must attend with a functional web camera and microphone, have the latest version of Microsoft Teams installed on their computers, avoid attending via a mobile phone or web browser, and have all necessary materials to hand. Also, their cameras must be always switched on, except for occasions when privacy becomes a necessity. In addition, they must be appropriately attired, attend in an environment that will not distract them, their fellow students or their teacher(s), especially avoiding attending while in a vehicle, whether moving or stationary. 

    • For the on-campus portions of the course: The mandatory on-campus session meets as per the AUS Campus Schedule. Good attendance is required to earn credits and pass the course. Students are not permitted to arrive late for class or leave class early. Students traveling from far away locations must plan accordingly, giving themselves plenty of time to arrive by the start of class.  

    Classroom Expectations

    Classes start and end on time, with late entry or reentry allowed only under exceptional circumstances. All phones and electronic devices must be turned off for the duration of a class.


    Students are expected to read assigned materials prior to class. Class discussions are based on their reading of these materials and their reflections on what they have learned and how these relate to their experiences. Assignments are intended to encourage students’ reflection on and synthesis of assigned topics and course discussions.

    Assessments are listed in the course syllabus and are due by the stipulated deadlines. No assessment will be accepted after the day following the day it is due. If an assessment submission is one day late, it will receive an automatic reduction in grade of one letter (for example from an A to a B). After that, no late work will be accepted, and the student will receive an F grade for the assessment.

    Late submission of papers must be approved in advance.


    Students are responsible for understanding the University Policies and how to use resources appropriately. Violations of academic integrity are taken very seriously. Students should revisit the materials on the Orientation session to review important information pertaining to academic citation and referencing rules.


    The university is committed to student welfare and accommodates students with disabilities and those who fall ill. Disability Services (DS) is responsible for accommodating students with disabilities. A student who wishes to be granted a special arrangement due to a disability or illness must request it through DS. Instructors cannot grant such requests without prior DS approval. DS should be contacted as soon as possible to avoid delays in the provision of such an arrangement.

    Because the university takes student privacy very seriously, any medical documentation to support a request for an arrangement to accommodate any special needs connected with a disability or illness should be provided directly to DS. If a student misses any classes due to a short-term illness, he/she should notify his/her instructor, but avoid the inclusion of a doctor's note. Academic staff will not request, accept, or review doctor's notes or other forms of medical documentation. For more information, email


    Ethical considerations restrict how course materials and lectures may be used. Students may not post, publish, sell, or otherwise publicly distribute course materials without the written permission of the course instructor. Such materials include, but are not limited to, lecture notes, lecture slides, video and audio recordings, various types of assignments, examinations, other students’ work, and answer keys. In addition, students are not permitted to use materials prepared by faculty or students for courses that have previously taken place. These materials include, but are not limited to, case write-ups, Research Papers, summaries of readings, answers to Problem Sets, and answers to Academic Discussion topics. Furthermore, making video or audio recordings of class sessions for one’s own use without written permission from the instructor is not permitted. Infringements of the above-listed rules are taken seriously and may lead to disciplinary action, including a requirement to withdraw.


    Additional information can be found on the course website.

    Please note: the syllabus may be modified prior to and during a course, including updates to assignments and additional material.