Time: Fri., and Sat.
Place: 00W W175
Item no. 1878
Instructor: W. Russ Payne
Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. or by appointment
Office: B 100 F
Texts: A Concise Introduction to Logic, by Patrick J. Hurley.
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Organization and Content:
Our goal in this course will be to work through chapters 1, 3, 6 and 9 of A Concise Introduction to Logic. This material will include a basic introduction to the principles of sound reasoning and argumentation, a close examination of common mistakes in reasoning and an investigation of inductive reasoning, probability, and scientific reasoning. We will also learn a bit about deductive reasoning, but a thorough introduction to deductive methods of reasoning is reserved for the natural sucessor to this course, Phil. 120 Introduction to Logic.
Your grade in this course will be determined by your performance on four exams, one short papers on an assigned topic and homework assignments. Exams will constitute about 2/3 of your course grade. The other half of your course grade will be based on homework and a few short writing assignments. Make-up exams will be given in only the most dire cases and then only at my discretion. You should consult the BCC course catalog for information on grading standards at this institution.
Homework assignments will consist primarily of exercises from the text. Problems and questions on the exams will, by and large, resemble those found in the exercises from the text. We will have one exam on each of the chapters we will cover. The fourth and final exam will mainly cover chapter 9, but it will also cover a few important points from the earlier chapters. Your writing assignments will provide opportunities to apply what you've learned from your study of the principles of sound reasoning and informal logic.
Absences in excess of 3 may adversely effect your grade. Your classroom participation will also be considered in determining your final grade. Your contributions in class can help you.
Maintaining a good learning environment will be your responsibility as well as mine. I look forward to having some lively discussions in class. Of course I will insist that the highest regard and respect for each other be a guiding principle of these. Inappropriate or disrespectful behavior may adversely effect your grade in the course.
The internet has made Plagiarism easier than ever. It has also made catching Plagiarism easier than ever. Trust me, my search engines are better than yours. Write your own stuff.
I have a duty to report cheating, plagiarism and conduct conduct that is destructive to the course to administration and to student services. I would appreciate not having to act on that duty.