ISP100 Writing for University and Beyond

ISP100 Writing for University and Beyond is a for-credit course that teaches writing- and reading-related skills that are necessary for success in the transition to university work. You will build on your writing skills and develop a writing portfolio that will help you to investigate your own relationship with writing, explore how knowledge is produced through writing, and learn strategies for writing purposefully and effectively.  ISP100 is delivered from the perspective that all writers can improve their writing, so that all students will benefit by taking it. 

If you plan to pursue a program in Visual Studies, Anthropology (excluding Forensic Science), Physics,  Earth Science, or Computer Science then ISP100 is required, and you are given first priority to enrol. However, students planning to pursue other programs are also welcome to enrol in the course if space permits.  

What are some of the other benefits of taking ISP100?

How do I enrol in ISP100?

More Frequently Asked Questions

ISP100: Writing for University and Beyond

Watch this short video (6:05) and hear from our approachable ISP100 instructors and a recent ISP100 student about the importance of writing and how ISP100 creates the ideal environment for studying and practicing your writing skills.

Recorded for the UTM Virtual Spring Showcase held during March 2021. 


Your Questions Answered!

View this video (15:35) to find out answers to questions like "How is writing a power-skill?", "How does ISP100 create a comfortable and safe space for students to work on their writing skills?", "What are the assignments is ISP100 like?", and "What should students who want to enrol in ISP100 know before they enrol?".

This interview was recorded live during the UTM Virtual Spring Showcase on March 11, 2021.

 

What are some other benefits of taking ISP100?

Strategies for success.  Reading and writing in university can be very different from what was expected of you in high-school.  In ISP100 you'll do more than just learn about the principles and concepts of academic writing, you'll put them into practice so that you can become a more effective reader and writer.  Get a solid foundation that will set you up for success in all of your courses from first-year to graduation and beyond. 

Interactive small-sized seminar.  Academic writing can be stressful and sometimes writing can feel like an isolating process. ISP100 is intentionally designed to have a maximum of 30 students per section so that you will have the unique opportunity to interact with your classmates and instructor in a safe and supportive environment.

Stress-free assignments.  Before you submit your writing, you will have multiple opportunities to work with feedback and revise your work.  Dealing with feedback and using it to improve your writing is a key area of discussion in this course. This course is all about supporting you to achieve success through practice, so there is no final exam to worry about.  

Taught by writing experts.  All sections of ISP100 are taught by expert writing instructors from the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy.  All instructors have extensive training and background in writing studies, writing education, and/or rhetoric and discourse.  Learn more about our ISP100 instructors: Dr. Sarah Seeley, Dr. Christopher Eaton, Dr. Janine Rose, and Dr. Jordana Garbati.

How do I enrol in ISP100?

New students interested in taking ISP100 in the 2021-2022 Academic Year will be able to enrol in the course through ACORN when course enrolment opens in Summer 2021. You will find important information about how to enrol in courses on the Office of the Registrar website.

Please note that departmental approval is required for enrolment in ISP100. This course will appear with a status of INTerim until we have had a chance to review students’ requests.  Students in Visual Studies, Anthropology (excluding Forensic Science), Physics, Earth Science, or Computer Science receive first priority to enrol in the course as it is required if you plan to pursue these programs.

ISP010: Basics of Writing in English (BoWiE)

BoWiE is designed to provide extra support to students who are developing their academic writing skills. In the first week of ISP100, students will complete the Writing Check-In, an online assessment of students’ writing skills. The results of the Writing Check-In will help identify those students who would benefit from participating in ISP010: Basics of Writing in English. Any student who does not successfully pass the Writing Check-In will be automatically unenrolled from ISP100 and enrolled in ISP010. Once a student has completed ISP010, they can re-enrol in ISP100 in a subsequent term. As of the 2021-2022 Academic Year, students who successfully complete ISP010 (from September 2021 onwards) can continue in ISP100, regardless of the outcome on their second attempt at the Writing Check-In.

Questions?

Please direct your questions to isup.advisor@utoronto.ca 

FAQs

If you plan to major in Visual Studies, Anthropology (excluding Forensic Science), Physics, Earth Science or Computer Science, then ISP100 is required, and you are given first priority to enrol. However, students planning to major in other programs are also welcome to enrol in the course. We recommend checking the Academic Calendar for more information on program requirements.
Yes! ISP100 provides 0.5 credits that can count toward the 20.0 credits you need to graduate. Please note that ISP100 cannot be used to satisfy Distribution Requirements.
ISP100 cannot be used to satisfy your Distribution Requirements. However, ISP100 is counted towards your overall credit count and can be used to satisfy Degree Requirements if it is a required course for your program. For more information on distribution requirements visit the Office of the Registrar website.
No. There are no prerequisites for ISP100. In the first week of ISP100, students will complete the Writing Check-In, an online assessment of students’ writing skills. The results of the Writing Check-In will help identify those students who would benefit from participating in ISP010: Basics of Writing in English. Any student who does not successfully pass the Writing Check-In will be automatically unenrolled from ISP100 and enrolled in ISP010. Once a student has completed ISP010, they can re-enrol in ISP100 in a subsequent term.
In the first week of ISP100, students will complete the Writing Check-In, an online assessment of students’ writing skills. The results of the Writing Check-In will help identify those students who would benefit from participating in ISP010: Basics of Writing in English. Any student who does not successfully pass the Writing Check-In will be automatically unenrolled from ISP100 and enrolled in ISP010. Once a student has completed ISP010, they can re-enrol in ISP100 in a subsequent term.
Department approval is required for enrolment in ISP100. This course will appear with a status of INTerim until we have had a chance to review students’ requests. Students in Visual Studies, Anthropology (excluding Forensic Science), Physics, Computer Science or Earth Science receive first priority to enrol in the course as it is required if you plan to major in these programs.