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 25 students per section. The course is interdisciplinary, and will benefit students studying in any discipline.
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, Sociology (including Criminology, Law & Society), or Visual Studies, and you are given first priority to enroll. However, students planning to pursue other programs are also welcome to enroll in the course if space permits.
How do I enroll in ISP100?
New students interested in taking ISP100 in the 2023-2024 Academic Year will be able to enroll in the course through ACORN when course enrolment opens in Summer 2023. You will find important information about how to enroll 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, Sociology (including Criminology, Law & Society), or Visual Studies receive first priority to enroll 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 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 unenroll from ISP100 and enroll ISP010. Once a student has successfully completed ISP010, they should re-enroll in ISP100 in a subsequent term. Any student who has successfully completed ISP010 (from September 2021 onwards) is automatically eligible to remain enrolled in ISP100.
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