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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.
The text is available in the ACC bookstore. Additional readings and assignments will also be posted to my instructional web. The online material is required as well.
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!).
The class will consist predominantly of lecture and in-class group work, but it will also include a significant online component using my instructional web. 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.
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.
Departmental Course Objectives/Outcomes
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your First Assignment for this course is to complete a web-based form. Have the following information information ready:
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
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.
This page was last updated 12/22/2009 05:21:00 PM by mdaude.