Welcome and Introduction


Welcome to Philosophy 130: Logic. As this course will be taught online, it is important to provide you with some information about how the course will be structured. The first and most important activity is to familiarize yourself with the Course Management System (CMS) I will be using in the class. I will be using the system that is designed and maintained by the publisher of our text, Introduction to Logic 13th edition, by Copi and Cohen. This system is called MyLogicLab and can be found online at http://www.mylogiclab.com. All of the course material, assignments, etc. will be posted here. For this course you will not need to buy the physical text, but you will need to buy access to the CMS (when you buy access, you will also receive a free digital edition of the text. You can purchase access at the above link for $29). If you buy a new copy of the text you should receive an access code. If you have any questions about these procedures, check the support pages at the above link or email me.

Once you log in to MyLogicLab, you will need to sign up for my particular course. The course ID for my course is CRSCDK2-413800.

Once you log-in you will be taken to the today’s view tab. This page will display any announcements I may have made about the course. In addition, it contains a calendar that lists important course due dates. In preparing for the course, you should click through the various tabs and menus to explore what the CMS has to offer.

For our purposes, the most important tab is the one called Course Content. Clicking this tab will bring up a list of folders for each week of the course. These folders contain all the assignments and directions for each week of the course. Currently there are only folders for the first few weeks of the course, but more will be added. All assignments listed in the folder will be due by 11:59 PM on Saturday of the week it is assigned.

Within each folder there is a page with directions for that week. This page tells you exactly which assignments I expect you to complete for that week. It is important to note that though folders may be available, the content and assignments within that folder will not be finalized until the week for which the folder is assigned. Prior to this, the material in each unit may change. It is also important to note that each folder contains more content than I necessarily expect you to complete. Just read the page in each folder and complete the assignments described there.

You can also access the course content through the course calendar. Click on the dates for which there are assignments due and you will get a list of what exactly you are expected to complete for that day.

The best way to ensure your success as an online student is to schedule several work sessions each week (minimum 1 to 2 hours each), begin assignments as soon as they are announced, and communicate frequently with your teacher and classmates. It is essential that you have a computer and a reliable internet connection. It is strongly advised that you have a high-speed connection (DSL or cable). If you are using dial-up, you must have a 56kb modem. I expect you to keep up with the assignments, contact me when you have questions, and check e-mail, course announcements, and MyLogicLab several times a week.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at imduckles@gmail.com

Dr. Ian Duckles