WRIT 102 First-Year Writing II

WRIT 102 IS Sec 3, 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 worked with teen-agers in Saudi Arabia through this program.

I am excited to be teaching a WRIT 102 iStudy course. This is a highly dynamic writing course where I will be giving lots of feedback on all your assignments. I am accessible so please do reach out. I would love to hear from  you. 

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact me using the Email Your Instructor link in the course. My office is in Lamar Hall, third floor, suite B, room 19. You can text or class me on my cell phone (662-3803290). I am also available for zoom conferences. 

  • Cell phone: 662-380-3290 (please do not contact me after 9 pm).
  • Zoom (online) meeting room: https://zoom.us/j/2342333286

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.

Textbook Information:

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

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. to develop basic writing skills learned in WRIT 100/101, including the understanding that writing is a process that develops over time through revision
  2. to write for specific purposes and for specific audiences
  3. to respond critically to different points of view, allowing the student to create effective and sustainable arguments
  4. to become skilled at locating primary and secondary research from a variety of sources and at evaluating their reliability
  5. to become effective researchers and writers of research papers as a member of an active writing, reading, and researching community

Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 instructional lessons

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.

Lesson Reading Assignments Due for Grades Suggested Pacing Guide
(if you want to complete 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
0 Introduction to Course All videos have a quiz
Introduction video, reflection
Week 1
Project One: Analyzing Writing and Reflecting
1 The World Happiness Report and Paragraph Construction Assignment Week 1
2 Analyzing an Essay assignment Assignment Week 2
Synthesis Paper
3 What is a Synthesis Paper? Assignment Week 3
4 Writing with Multiple Sources; drafting the synthesis paper synthesis worksheet and synthesis rough draft Week 4
5 Quantitative Data Assignment synthesis final draft
Quantitative data homework
Week 5
Research Paper Part 1
6 Research Proposal submitting the research proposal Week 6
7 Gathering Research: The Annotated Bibliography Annotated Bibliography Week 7
Mid Term Exam Timed Essay To be completed before proceeding Week 7
MIDPOINT OF COURSE All assignments that come before the exam must be completed and submitted.
All assignments not completed and submitted before you take the midterm exam WILL RECEIVE A GRADE OF ZERO.
All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course The exact date the semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in their registration information.
Research Paper Part 2
8 Drafting the Research Paper Rough draft of Research paper Week 8
9 Conferencing Assignment Week 9
10 Revised Final Draft Assignment Week 10
11 Multimodal Project Assignment Week 11
12 Final Draft Assignment Week 12
13 Rough Draft Assignment Week 13
14 Final Draft Assignment Week 14
Final Exam Final Timed Essay To be 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

The grading format is as follows:

  • Analyzing an essay (5%)
  • Quantitative Data activity (5%)
  • Synthesis Essay (20%)
  • Midterm timed essay (5%)
  • Annotated Bibliography (5%)
  • Research Paper (25%)
  • Multimodal Project (10%)
  • Reflective Journals and Quizzes (10%)
  • Final Reflective Essay (10%)
  • Final Timed Essay (5%)

Nota Bene: Grading may take up to 5 working days. Please do not email me grade-related questions before 5 days have elapsed. Students must complete all assignments in order to pass the class.

A process grade will also be part of your assignment grade. You will lose points for failure to submit any process materials (quizzes, drafts, bibliographies, etc). These process materials are explained in each major assignment sheet. You will not be allowed to submit a final draft of a major assignment if you have not submitted a rough draft and received feedback.


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.