Phil 101 Fall 2010: Schedule and Syllabus

PHILOSOPHY 101: Introduction to Logic
Fall 2010
Section 19 Tuesday 6:00-8:50    Location: Olin Hall 129

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Ian Duckles
          Office Hours: Tuesday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM; or by appointment
          Office: Founders Hall 168D

TEXTBOOK: Introduction to Logic, 13th Edition, Irving M. Copi & Carl Cohen, Pearson, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2009. (This text is required. We will use it daily in class.) You may use the 12th edition of the text. A separate syllabus for the 12th edition will be available online.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: “The study of arguments, including basic principles of traditional logic together with an introduction to modern sentential logic. Topics include recognizing arguments, premises, conclusions, induction and deduction, fallacies, categorical syllogisms, and sentential inference forms” (USD Course Catalog). This course satisfies the logic requirement.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: During this course, students will be asked to do some or all of the following:
1.    Distinguish arguments from non-arguments
2.    Distinguish deductive arguments from inductive arguments
3.    Identify the premises and conclusion of arguments
4.    Identify types of informal fallacies
5.    Test arguments for validity using Venn diagrams and/or truth tables and indirect truth tables
6.    Distinguish necessary and sufficient conditions
7.    Translate sentences into propositional logic
8.    Apply the techniques of natural deduction to proving arguments (this may include reduction and conditional proofs)

COURSE CALENDAR (topics and important dates included):
(Homework will be due daily and assignments will be announced in class. Do not be concerned if we fall ahead or behind on this schedule. The most important goal is that everyone understand the concepts and problems. This schedule is subject to change. All changes will be announced in class and posted on the course website)

Week 1:  No Class
Week 2 (September 7) Chapter 1: Basic Logical Concepts
Homework: Find two arguments and identify the premises and the conclusion. Also, page 35 #'s 1-8.
Week 3 (September 14) Chapter 2: Analyzing Arguments

Homework: Page 39-40, #'s 1-5; Page 49-50, #'s 2-10; Page 58-59, #'s 1-4.

Week 4 (September 21) Chapter 3: Language and Definitions
Homework: Find examples of each of the 5 types of definitions and examples of each of the 6 ways to define a word. Page 110-112, #'s 1-10.
Week 5 (September 28) Chapter 4: Informal Fallacies
Week 6 (October 5) First Midterm Examination (20% of Overall Final Grade)
Homework: Pages 136-138 #'s 6-15. Find one example of each of the fallacies of defective induction. Do not include examples from the text or which were presented in class.

Week 7 (October 12) Chapter 8.1-8.4: Modern Symbolic Logic Part I (Read pages 315-346)
Prepare for an open book quiz on fallacies. For homework Pages 328-331; Section B #'s 6-20; Section C #'s11-20; Section D #'s 6-25 odd. Also, draw truth tables for Section D #'s 1-5.

Week 8 (October 19) Chapter 8.5-8.7: Modern Symbolic Logic Part II (Read pages 346-357)
Homework: Pages 355-56: Section B #'s 1-10; Section C #'s 1-5.

Week 9 (October 26) Chapter 8.8-8.10: Modern Symbolic Logic Part III (Read pages 357-371)
Homework: Page 362, Section C: #'s 1,2, 16-20.

Week 10 (November 2) Second Midterm Examination (20% of Overall Final Grade)

Week 11 (November 9) Chapter 9.1-9.3: Deduction and Rules of Inference (Read pages 372-383)
Homework: Page 383 #'s 9, 10; Pages 385-86 #'s 11-30 (even); Pages 487-88  387-88 #'s 6-15. Please read and follow the directions in the text.

Week 12 (November 16) Chapter 9.4-9.5: Constructing Formal Proofs (Read pages 383-393)
Homework: Page 390 #'s 7-10; Pages 391-93 #'s 5-10. Memorize the 9 valid argument forms for the quiz.

Week 13 (November 23) Chapter 9.6-9.12: Even More on Constructing Formal Proofs (Read pages 393-436)
Homework: Page 406-407: #'s 1-10; Page 409-410: #'s 1-30 (odd #'s only)

Week 14 (November 30) Replacement Rules in Action (Chapter 9.6-9.8)
Homework: Pages 411-412 #'s 7-15; Page 413-414 #'s 1-10

Week 15 (December 7) Review and Summary; Third Examination

The Final Exam for this course will be on Tuesday, December 21 from 8 - 10:00 PM in Olin Hall 129

20% Midterm Examination 1
20% Midterm Examination 2
20% Final Examination
20% Homework (Homework will be due at the start of the class for which it is assigned. I will not accept late assignments)
20% Quizzes (These will be given weekly at the start of class, they cannot be made up if missed)

A: 90-100 %
B: 80-89 %
C: 70-79 %
D: 60-69 %
F:  <60 %

Student Responsibility to Drop/Withdraw: It is the student’s responsibility to officially add, drop, or withdraw from the course stated in the class schedule. Failure to do so can result in a failing grade.

Class Attendance: A student may be disenrolled from the course after two absences; however, a student will be disenrolled from the course after three absences without exception. (This count will begin at the first session of Week 2.) ATTENDANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THIS PARTICULAR COURSE.

Tardiness/Early Departure: If a student arrives unreasonably late or leaves early without notifying the instructor before the event, then that student will be considered absent for that class session.

Professionalism: It is assumed that students will conduct themselves in a professional manner with a positive attitude. An open mind is one of the most important tools required for success in academia. If a student is negative and feels as is there is nothing of value to be gained by the college experience or this course, he or she will not do well in this course.

Academic Integrity and Conduct: Plagiarism, cheating and poor student conduct will not be tolerated. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the USD Integrity Policy. This can be found at

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and Disability Services. Information can be found at
Ian Duckles,
Dec 1, 2010, 3:00 PM