Phil 101-06 F14: Schedule and Syllabus

The Schedule has been significantly revised. Please note the new dates for exams.

PHILOSOPHY 101: Introduction to Logic
Fall 2014
Section 06 CRN: 1186    MW 7:00-8:20    Location: Camino Hall 119

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Ian Duckles
          Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM or by appointment
          Office: Founder's Hall 168A

TEXTBOOK: Logic 2nd Edition, Stan Baronett. Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780199846313

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: Introduction
Wednesday, September 3: Introduction, Chapter 1: What Logic Studies (pp. 2-44)
Homework: Pages 10-18. Problem Set 1B.1 #'s 1-15 (odd); Problem Set 1B.2 #'s 1-5.
Week 2: Analyzing Arguments
Monday, September 8: Continue What Logic Studies
Homework: Find examples of the following arguments: (1) A valid argument with one true premise, one false premise and a true conclusion. (2) A valid argument with two true premises and a true conclusion. (3) An invalid argument with two true premises and a true conclusion. (4) A strong argument with one true premise, one false premise and a true conclusion. (5) A strong argument with two true premises and a true conclusion. (6) A weak argument with two true premises and a true conclusion.

Wednesday, September 10Chapter 3.A-3.B: Diagramming (pp. 90-105)
Homework: Pages 94-98: #'s 2-6, 22, 23.

Week 3: Fallacies 
September 15: Chapter 3.C-3.D: Diagramming Continued (pp. 105-117)
September 17: No Class, Sick Professor

Week 4: Fallacies
September 22: Fallacies of Relevance, 4.A (pp. 118-129)
Homework: Find examples of the seven fallacies we discussed in class.

September 24: Fallacies of Unwarranted Assumption, 4.B (pp. 130-143)
Homework: Find examples of the fallacies we discussed in class today.
Week 5: First Exam
September 29: Fallacies of Ambiguity or Diversion, 4.C-4.D (pp. 144-163)
Homework: Find examples of the fallacies we discussed in class today.

October 1: More Fallacies!
Homework: Problem Set 4.D (pp. 154-160) #'s 1-20 Even. 
Week 6: Propositional Logic
October 6Review for Exam

October 8First Examination (20% of Overall Final Grade)

Week 7: Propositional Logic
October 13
Chapter 7.A (pp. 288-294)
Homework: Problem Set 7A (pp. 294) #'s 11-25.

October 15Chapter 7.B-7.C (pp. 295-314)
Homework: Problem Set 7B.3 (pp. 302-303) Section I, #'s 11-20.

Week 8: Propositional Logic
October 20Chapter 7.D (pp. 314-320)
Homework: Problem Set 7D.1 (pp. 318-319) #'s 16-20; Problem Set 7D.2 (pp. 320) Set I #'s 8-10.
October 22Chapter 7.E-7.H (pp. 321-335)
Homework: Problem Set 7H (pp 331-335) Exercise Set II. #'s 16-25 odd. Exercise Set III. #'s 2-6.

Week 9: Second Exam 
October 27Continue Symbolic Logic
Homework: Problem Set 7I.1 (pp. 340-341) #'s 16-20. 

October 29Chapter 7.I (pp. 335-353)
Homework: Problem Set 7I.2 (pp. 347-48) #'s 2-10.

Week 10: Natural Deduction
November 3Review for Exam

November 5Second Examination (20% of Overall Final Grade)

Week 11: Natural Deduction
November 10Chapter 8.A-8.B (pp. 354-367)
Homework: Pages 363-367, Problem Set III #, 6-10; Problem Set IV #'s 6-10.

November 12: Chapter 8.C (pp. 368-372)
Homework: Page 370-373: Problem Set I #'s 7-20 even; Problem Set II #'s 1-10 even.

Week 12: Methods of Deduction
November 17Chapter 8.C-8.D (pp. 368-384)
Homework: Page 381-382, Problem Set III #'s 10-15.

November 19Chapter 8.E (pp. 385-398)
Homework (Due 12/1): Page 381-385, Problem Set III #'s 26-30; Problem Set IV #'s 1-10.

Week 13: Methods of Deduction
November 24: Chapter 8.F (pp. 399-412)

November 26No Class. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Week 14: Methods of Deduction
December 1: Chapter 8.G-8.H (pp. 413-427)
Homework: Pages 395-396 #'s 6-15.

December 3: Extra Day
Homework: Page 408 #'s 6-15; Pages 411-12 #'s 2-6.

Week 15: Review
December 8: Extra Day
Homework: Pages 412-413 #'s 7-15. 

December 10: Review for Final

The Final Exam for this course will be on Monday, December 15 from 8 - 10:00 PM in Camino Hall 119

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: 93-100 %

A-: 90-92 %

B+: 88-89 %

B: 83-87 %
B-: 80-82 %
C+: 78-79 %

C: 70-77 %
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

TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN THIS COURSE (Thanks to Professor June Yang):
  1. Be optimistic about your ability to learn from the textbook, the instructor, and each other.
  2. Do all homework. It will be collected every time, and spot-checked.
  3. Do all assigned reading.
  4. If you find you fall behind in your understanding, contact the instructor.
  5. Be prepared to spend time outside of class working on class material, doing readings, homework, preparing for quizzes and exams, etc.
  6. Have confidence in your ability to do the work.
  7. Ask questions if you don't understand something.
  8. Remember that you are gifted with more education and intelligence than many persons on this planet. If you try, you are sure to get it, or at least most of it!
  9. Remember that we are all here to learn.