ISP100 Writing for University and Beyond
What is ISP100?
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 major in Visual Studies, Anthropology (excluding Forensic Science), Physics, or Earth 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.
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: Sarah Seeley, Christopher Eaton, Janine Rose, and 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, or Earth Science receive first priority to enrol in the course as it is required if you plan to major in 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 can continue in ISP100, regardless of the outcome on their second attempt at the Writing Check-In.
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