PHIL2303: Logic

Matthew M. Daude, Ph.D.

Synonym: 07882
MW, 10:35-11:50 AM
RGC 336

Fall, 2003

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

Students will be introduced to 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.

There are no course prerequisites for Introduction to Philosophy. A passing score or the equivalent on the reading, writing, and mathematics portions of the TASP is required.

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.

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!).

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 main page for this course, and the daily quizzes will be available exclusively online on the Blackboard site. See my instructional web for additional instructions about accessing ACC Online.

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/Outcomes

  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.

Coursework and Grading Policy

There will be frequent short quizzes, three exams, and a comprehensive final exam this semester, weighted according to the following chart. I will occasionally give extra credit problems that will be factored into the quiz average, and there may be some extra credit points available on the exams. 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. The Course Policies page is part of this syllabus.

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 main page for the course frequently for due dates and other announcements.

First Assignment

Your First Assignment for this course is to complete a web-based form. Have the following information information ready:

  • the course in which you are registered and the five-digit synonym number
  • your full name as reflected in ACC records
  • a telephone number at which you can be reached
  • your primary email address

This information is required, but there is also a voluntary (fairly brief) survey in the First Assignment form. I encourage you to complete the survey, as it provides information that may help me support your work in this course.

When I receive your First Assignment, I will verify your enrollment. If you are officially enrolled in the course, I will send you a password to the online "classroom." If there is a problem with your enrollment, I will notify you. If you do not hear from me within 48 hours (not including weekends!) of submitting your First Assignment, contact me.

Please note! Submitting a First Assignment is your certification that

  1. you accept the policies and procedures set forth in the Syllabus and the Course Policies, and
  2. you agree to communicate by email with me regarding matters related to this course. This means that certain confidential information, including your grades, will be transmitted by email.

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.

The First Assignment is due in the first week of class. Click here if you are ready to submit your First Assignment now, or you may submit the First Assignment from the main page for this course.

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