ISP100 Writing for University and Beyond

All writers can improve their writing!

ISP100 Writing for University and Beyond is a for-credit course that teaches writing- and reading-related skills that are necessary for success in university. 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. 

ISP100 is a for-credit course taught in a seminar style, with a maximum of 30 students per section. The course is interdisciplinary, and will benefit students studying in any discipline.  

Student Experience

Who should take ISP100?

ISP100 is a required course if you plan on pursuing a program in Anthropology (excluding Forensic Science), Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Physics, Political Science, or Visual Studies, 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.  

How do I enrol in ISP100?

New students interested in taking ISP100 in the 2022-2023 Academic Year will be able to enrol in the course through ACORN when course enrolment opens in Summer 2022. 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 pursuing programs in Anthropology (excluding Forensic Science), Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Physics, Political Science, or Visual Studies receive first priority to enrol in the course as it is required course for these programs.

Supporting Success - 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 prior to ISP100. 

Any student who does not successfully pass the Writing Check-In should unenrol from ISP100 and enrol 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?

Check out our FAQs and direct any additional questions to isup.advisor@utoronto.ca.   

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