A Concise Introduction to Logic. Patrick Hurley. Wadsworth Publishing.

Professor:

Office: 309 Holmes Hall

Office Hours:  online

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Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce you to the methods of logical criticism. The goal is to teach you some techniques for recognizing arguments and some basic procedures for evaluating them as good or bad reasoning. With these techniques and procedures in hand you may avoid being persuaded by bad arguments. Also you will be in a better position to think through and evaluate your own ideas and opinions.

This course is not difficult, if you keep up with the modules. Important ingredients in keeping up are regular participation on the discussion boards and completion of weekly assignments. In logic, cramming is not the best study technique so pace yourself accordingly.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the summer session you will be able to:

*Distinguish arguments from non-arguments

*Use Aristotelian logic in order to evaluate arguments as good or bad reasoning

Text:

A Concise Introduction to Logic. Patrick Hurley. Wadsworth Publishing.

Availability:  This text can be purchased at the Morgan State Bookstore.  Students may also use an earlier edition of this text through the 11th edition.  A copy of the text is on reserve in the Richardson Library.

Grading Considerations:

Quizzes

There will be 4 quizzes.

Exams

There will be a cumulative final exam.  More information regarding the exam will be provided as we approach the exam date.

Homework

The homework is a critical component of this course because it is key for mastering the material presented in this course.

Note:  Students will not receive credit for partially completed assignments.  This means that the entire assignment must be submitted in order to receive points.  Points are NOT subtracted for incorrect answers. Self-assessments are not graded but I highly recommend you complete them to ensure your understanding of the material. 

Quizzes are worth a total of 200 points, homework assignments are worth a total of 200 points, and the final exam is worth 100 points.

Late assignments are not accepted for this course. All assignments must be submitted on the date due by 11:59pm est.

Final Grade Key:

450 – 500 = A

400 – 449 = B

350 – 399 = C

300 – 349 = D

299 and below = F

Course Structure:

This course is divided into weekly modules. Each module will have a set of activities to be completed.  The weekly modules will become available every Monday during this summer session.

Participation:

Please keep up with the weekly modules, and complete all assignments associated with them. Plan to spend about at least 10 hours on your course assignments each week.

Plan to log in daily to monitor the course and engage in discussions and assignments.

Communication:

Email: Please post questions concerning course content on Blackboard in the Discussion/Questions area. Personal questions and comments should be emailed directly to me.

Assignments: All assignments will be completed on Blackboard.

Assignments

All assignments will be submitted on Blackboard.

 

Please be advised of the following student responsibilities:

1.  Students are responsible for verifying that all submissions have been uploaded successfully on Blackboard (A green exclamation point appears in the Grade Center for all successful submissions).

2.  Students are responsible for alerting the professor immediately, if an assignment is not properly recorded on Blackboard.

3. In the event that a technical problem occurs with a homework submission, students must do the following:

a.  Notify the professor of the technical problem prior to the 11:59pm deadline.

b.  Attach the completed homework assignment to the above email.

c.  Within 24 hours of sending the notification email, the assignments must be submitted via BB in order to receive credit.  Emailed homework assignments are not graded.  

 

 

 

Course Schedule:

Module A: Basic Concepts

Topics:

*Identifying the components of an argument

*Distinguishing deductive argumentative passages from inductive argumentative passages

*Identify specific non-arguments (passages lacking an inferential claim)

*Recognize arguments in given passages

Module B: Informal Fallacies

Topics:

*Defining fallacious arguments

*Defining 9 common fallacies

*Detecting specific fallacies given in argumentative passages

Module C: Categorical propositions

Topics:

*Identifying 4 component part of each of the 4 categorical propositions

*Translating ordinary language statements into 1 of 3 possible categorical propositions

*Determining quantity, quality and distribution of the 4 categorical propositions

*Converting categorical propositions given rules of Aristotelian logic

*Obverting categorical propositions given rules of Aristotelian logic

*Determining the truth value of each categorical proposition using the traditional square of opposition

Module D: Categorical syllogisms

Topics:

*Identifying 3 terms in a categorical syllogism

*Determining validity of categorical syllogisms using 5 rules from the Aristotelian standpoint

*Translating syllogisms given in ordinary language statements into standard form syllogisms with categorical propositions

Responsibilities and Expectations

 

1. Navigating This Course — You will find your course material in the following areas:

Modules

Topics will be presented in weekly modules. You can find them in the Modules menu area.  New modules will be posted every Monday.  Each module will have a set of activities to be completed.

 

 

Questions Forum and Discussion Board

Use this area to ask questions related to course content. I will check this area daily Monday-Friday during normal business hours. However, please allow me until the next day to respond. I do not respond to queries on Saturday or Sunday. You are also allowed to respond to your fellow classmates to help them out.

 

 

All posts on Blackboard should be treated as professional correspondences. This means that all posts should be free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. If an unedited question/comment is posted, you will be advised to “revise and repost” your submission. I will respond to the query once it has been reposted with the necessary revisions.

 

 

Water Cooler

This is your area to talk with your classmates. I will not check this forum on a regular basis. However you should maintain proper netiquette in this area. Do not forget that all content related questions should be posted in the Questions forum.

 

 

2. Participation

Please keep up with the weekly modules, and complete all assignments associated with them. Plan to spend about at least 10 hours on your course assignments each week.

Plan to log in daily to monitor the course and engage in discussions and assignments.

 

 

3. Communication

Post questions concerning course content on Blackboard in the Questions forum on the Discussion Board. Personal questions and comments should be emailed directly to me.  As stated above, please allow me one day to respond to your queries and note that I do not respond to queries on Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

4. Assignments

All assignments will be submitted on Blackboard.

 

Please be advised of the following STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

a.  Students are responsible for verifying that all submissions have been uploaded successfully on Blackboard (A green exclamation point appears in “My Grades” for all successful submissions).

 

b.  Students are responsible for alerting the professor immediately, if an assignment is not properly recorded on Blackboard.

 

c. In the event that a technical problem occurs with a homework submission, students must do the following:

i.  Notify the professor of the technical problem prior to the 11:59pm deadline.

ii.  Attach the completed homework assignment to the above email.

iii.  Within 24 hours of sending the notification email, the assignments must be submitted via BB in order to receive credit.  Emailed homework assignments are not graded.

 

 

5. Procedural Information

Each time you log on read the latest announcement(s) and then proceed to the Modules area. You are also responsible for reading all posts in the Questions forum on the discussion board every time you log onto the course.

 

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