Phil 101-14 S15: Schedule and Syllabus

PHILOSOPHY 101: Introduction to Logic
Spring 2015
Section 14 CRN: 4316   MW 7:00-8:20    Location: Serra Hall 312

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

TEXTBOOKLogic 2nd Edition, Stan Baronett. Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0199846313

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
Monday, January 26: Introduction, Chapter 1: What Logic Studies (pp. 2-44)
Homework: Pages 10-12 #'s 1-15 (even). 

Wednesday, January 28: 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.
Week 2: Analyzing Arguments
February 2: Chapter 3.A-3.B: Diagramming (pp. 90-105)
Homework: Pages 94-98: #'s 2-6.

February 4: Chapter 3.C-3.D: Diagramming Continued (pp. 105-117)
Homework: Pages 97-98, #'S 20-23.

Week 3: Fallacies
February 9: Fallacies of Relevance, 4.A (pp. 118-129)
Homework: Find an example of each of the fallacies we discussed in class (Ad Hominem-Appeal to Force)

February 11: Fallacies of Unwarranted Assumption, 4.B (pp. 130-143)
Homework: Pages 127-129: Problem Set II #'s 1-40 even. 
Week 4: First Exam
February 16: Fallacies of Ambiguity or Diversion, 4.C-4.D (pp. 144-163)
Homework: Pages 142-144: Problem Set II #'s 1-32 even.

February 18: More Fallacies!
Homework: Pages 154-160, #'s 1-30 even.
Week 5: Propositional Logic
February 23: Review for Exam

February 25: National Adjunct Action Day. No Class.

Week 6: Propositional Logic
March 2: 
First Examination (20% of Overall Final Grade)

March 4: Chapter 7.A (pp. 288-294)
Homework: Pages 294-295 #'s 20-50 odd.

Week 7: Propositional Logic
March 9: Chapter 7.B-7.C (pp. 295-314)
Homework: Pages 303-304: Problem Set II, odd #'s.
March 11: Chapter 7.D (pp. 314-320)
Homework: Page 319 #'s 16-20; Page 320 Problem Set I.

Week 8: Second Exam 
March 16: Chapter 7.E-7.H (pp. 321-335)
Homework: Pages 332-334: Problem Set II #'s 21-25; Problem Set III #'s 1-10 (only translate!!)

March 18: Chapter 7.I (pp. 335-353)
Homework: Pages 340-41 #'s 11-20.

Week 9: Natural Deduction
March 23: Review for Exam

March 25: Second Examination (20% of Overall Final Grade)

Week 10: Spring Break!!
March 30: NO CLASS!!

April 1: NO CLASS!!

Week 11: Natural Deduction
April 6: NO CLASS!!

April 8: Chapter 8.A-8.B (pp. 354-367)
Homework: Pages 370-73: Problem Set I #'s 2-6; Problem Set II #'s 2-6.

Week 12: Methods of Deduction
April 13: Chapter 8.C (pp. 368-372)
Homework: Pages 371-373: Problem Set I #'s 11-20; Problem Set II #'s 7-10.

April 15: Chapter 8.C-8.D (pp. 368-384)
Homework: Pages 381-385: Problem Set III #'s 1-10; Problem Set IV #'s 1-5.

Week 13: Methods of Deduction
April 20: Chapter 8.E (pp. 385-398)
Homework: Pages 384-85 #'s 6-10.

April 22: Chapter 8.F (pp. 399-412)
Homework: All problems on pages 393 and 394. 

Week 14: Methods of Deduction
April 27: Chapter 8.G-8.H (pp. 413-427)
Homework: Pages 395-396 #'s 6-15.

April 29: Extra Day
Homework: Page 408 #'s 6-15.

Week 15: Methods of Deduction
May 4: Extra Day
Homework: Page 412 #'s 2-6.

May 6: Extra Day
Homework: Page 411 #'s 46-50; Page 413 #'s 11-15.

Week 16: Review
May 11: Review for Final

The Final Exam for this course will be on Monday, May 18 from 8 - 10:00 PM in Serra Hall 312.

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 only accept hard copies. 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.