WRIT 102 First-Year Writing II

WRIT 102 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Wendy Goldberg

Instructor name:
Wendy Goldberg, Core Lecturer

Instructor Information:
I have taught at the University of Mississippi since 2010. Prior to coming to Mississippi, I taught at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and at the University of Connecticut.

I've also taught summer courses through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and most recently worked with teen-agers in Saudi Arabia through this program.

I am excited to be teaching a pop culture themed iStudy course because my research interests are in comic books, especially Japanese manga and anime. I look forward to working with you!

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826
E-mail: istudy@olemiss.edu

Course Description

This independent study course, WRIT 102 (Writing 102) is a theme-based, first-year writing course designed to build on writing skills learned in WRIT 100/101 and develop critical thinking and research skills appropriate for use in academic writing. The course pays special attention to developing argumentative skills, analyzing texts, and synthesizing information into thoughtful, coherent essays and projects. Students enrolled in WRIT 102 will produce papers that are longer and more in-depth than in WRIT 100/101.

Course Theme: Pop Culture. Movies, music, television, social media, advertising--in our daily lives, we are surrounded by a constant stream of popular culture. But how often do we stop to ask ourselves what it all means? In this theme of WRIT 102, we will examine the various ways in which we influence and are influenced by pop culture. Some questions we may attempt to answer are: How are we affected by advertising? What can we learn from television, film, and music? What are the roles of race and gender in popular culture? Students should come into this course prepared to examine critically and thoroughly a variety of media and sources that are often disregarded or taken for granted.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 7 instructional modules (or lessons) and 2 proctored exams.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Pacing Guide:
for completing the course in a traditional semester

Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Week 1




Week 1


Analysis paper

Journal reflections, reading quiz, Analysis paper draft, Analysis paper final draft

Weeks 1-2


Synthesis paper

Journal reflection, reading quiz, Synthesis paper draft, Synthesis paper final draft

Weeks 3-5


Research paper part one

Journal reflection, research proposal, annotated bibliography

Weeks 5-7

Midcourse Exam

Timed Essay

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Week 7



If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


Research paper part two

Journal reflections,
Research paper draft, mandatory conference, Research final paper

Weeks 7-9


Multimodal project

Journal reflections,
Multimodal rough draft, Multimodal final draft

Week 9-11


Epilogue reflection

Epilogue reflection draft
Epilogue reflection final draft

Week 12-14

Final Exam

Final Timed Essay

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Week 15 (Finals)


Grading Scale:
93 - 100% = A
90 - 92% = A-
87 - 89% = B+
83- 86% = B
80 - 82% = B-
77-79% = C+
73-76% = C
70-72% = C-
65-69% = D
Below 65% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.