PHL 1633: Logic
Text and Reading Assignments
I will announce reading assignments in class and post them on the readings page for our course. Handouts, if any, will be posted as wed unCheck the readings page for supplementary material and other items of interest (including Matthew's famous Logic Puzzle of the Day!).
I will give frequent (at least weekly) short quizzes, four exams and a comprehensive final exam this semester, weighted according to the following chart. Extra credit 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.
Readings are, in fact, coursework! Reading and homework assignments will be made in class, so if you need to miss a class, please contact me or a classmate to get the current assignment. I expect everyone to participate in class discussion; class participation should be informed comments, observations, etc. By this I mean that everyone should come to class having read (and thought about) the assignment.
Throughout this course, I shall emphasize the acquisition of skills rather than memorization of jargon. Accordingly, I will assess your course performance on the basis of the application of these skills. There will be four exams and a comprehensive final exam. These tests will involve an in-class portion, in which I assess your mastery of techniques, and a take-home portion, in which I ask you to solve problems. The final exam will be comprehensive: I will ask you analyze and critique a variety of arguments, applying the techniques you have learned in the course. (Dont panic! Youll have the opportunity to get plenty of practice.)
For fans of Bloom's taxonomy, the in-class portion of the exams begin at the knowledge and comprehension levels and move beyond comprehension to application. The take-home portion is at the application level (at least).
Homework and Quizzes
I will assign problems related to the material we are studying, and I expect you to work the problems. These problems are an integral element in achieving the goals of this course; however, they will not be graded. It will be your responsibility to check your work. If you discover that you are having difficulties, do not hesitate to discuss the problems with me. I will give short quizzes several times a week in order to help you keep up with the homework and assess your progress. I am willing to schedule lab sessions devoted to working problems together, if there is any interest. Occasionally, I may hand out extra credit problems on interesting subjects. Extra credit of this sort will usually be added to the quiz points. I will announce how much these extra credit problems will be worth.
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.
Check the PHL 1633 main page frequently for due dates and other announcements.
This page was last updated on 03/01/09 by mmd.