PHIL2303: Logic


Contact Information

Office Rio Grande Campus
Peach Street Office Building, Room 2-I
ACC email
Instructional email
Instructional Web

Instructional Office Hours

Monday 9:00 to 10:30 AM RGC, Peach Street, 2-I
Tuesday 9:00 to 11:00 AM online (Windows Messenger or Blackboard)
Wednesday 9:00 to 10:30 AM RGC, Peach Street, 2-I

Other times by appointment

Course Description

The ACC catalogue describes this course as "A study of the rules of argument, inductive and deductive reasoning, the recognition of informal and formal fallacies, and the application of logical thinking in work and social situations." We will explore a number of issues central to logic, including (but not limited to) the nature and functions of language, fallacies in reasoning, inductive vs. deductive argument forms and strategies, mathematical logic, and scientific method. Our emphasis will be on application of these tools in the construction and evaluation of arguments.

There are no course prerequisites for Logic. A passing score or the equivalent on the reading, writing, and math portions of the TASP is required.

Course Rationale

As human beings we think of ourselves as rational beings, beings who use reason in drawing judgments and determining actions. Since Logic is the science through which we assess the quality of reasoning, logic is essential to good judgment and right action.

PHIL2303 Objectives

Departmental Course Objectives

  1. Students will become acquainted with techniques of reasoning, including deduction and induction.
  2. Students will develop the means to analyze and critically evaluate arguments, both in the classroom and as they appear in everyday contexts.
  3. Students will (further) develop the ability to construct cogent arguments.

Instructional Methodology

The class will consist predominantly of lecture and in-class group work, but it will also include a significant online component using ACC Online and Blackboard. I may use a variety of media in my presentations, including web material, etc. The major form of individual assessment will be exams and online quizzes. I may also use online forms to gather information about your progress in the coursework. I would prefer that assignments be submitted by email wherever possible.

Internet access and an email address is required. I will post a number of supplementary materials and other items of interest on the PHIL2303 web pages, and the daily quizzes will be available exclusively online on the Blackboard site. See my instructional web for additional instructions about accessing ACC Online.

Required Texts/Materials

Baum. Logic

The text is available in the ACC bookstore. Additional readings and assignments will also be posted to my instructional web.

I will announce reading assignments in class and post them on the readings web page for our course. Handouts, if any, will be posted as well. Check the readings page for supplementary material and other items of interest (including Matthew's famous Logic Puzzle of the Week!).

Coursework and Grading Policy

I will give frequent (at least weekly) short quizzes, three exams and a comprehensive final exam this semester, weighted according to the following chart. I will occasionally give extra credit problems, which will be factored into this average. I do not accept late work, except by prior arrangement ("prior" means "prior to the time it was due"!). Please see the General Course Policies for further guidelines.



Weekly quizzes


Final Exam 25%

See the Coursework Guide for a more detailed explanation of the written work.


Review my Course Policies online. There are links to the Course Policies on the main page of my instructional web and on the main page for this course.

Course Outline

Since the class will help determine the pace at which we cover the material, I will give only an outline of the topics I plan to cover.

  1. Introductory comments: language, truth and inquiry
    1. Basic concepts
    2. Inquiry and Truth: What is an argument?
    3. Uses of Language
    4. Definitions
  2. Nonformal analysis of arguments
    1. The general structure of arguments
    2. Induction and Deduction
  3. Induction
    1. Analogical Reasoning
    2. Enumerative Induction
    3. Causality
    4. Scientific Method
    5. Probability (?)
  4. Deduction
    1. Aristotelian Logic
    2. Propositional Logic
    3. Quantification (?)
  5. Nonformal Fallacies
    1. Fallacies of Relevance
    2. Fallacies of Presumption
    3. Fallacies of Ambiguity
  6. Conclusion

Refer to the online readings page for a more detailed list of topics, reading assignments, and exercises. Be sure to check the PHIL2303 main page frequently for due dates and other announcements.

First Assignment

Your first assignment is to complete a web-based form. When I receive your First Assignment, I will verify your enrollment. If you are officially enrolled in the course, I will send you a confirmation and additional instructions. If there is a problem with your enrollment, I will notify you. If you do not hear from me within 48 hours (not including Saturdays!) of submitting your First Assignment, contact me.

Please note! Submitting a First Assignment is your certification that you accept the policies and procedures set forth in the Syllabus and the Orientation. Read this information carefully, and if you have questions or concerns about the policies and procedures for this class, please let me know before you complete this First Assignment.

To complete your First Assignment, visit the main page for this course on my instructional web. The First Assignment is due in the first week of class.


This page was last updated 12/22/2009 05:21:00 PM by mdaude.