PHIL 1110 - Logic I: Beginning Logic
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 1110 Course Logic I: Beginning Logic Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Course Description Logic is fundamental to the way humans communicate. Our public debates and private reasoning are shaped by logical principles, even though most of us would struggle to spell them out. Logic I will teach you the basics of formal logic, which provides symbolic methods for representing and assessing the logical form of arguments. No previous experience with symbolic methods or mathematics is assumed. There are no prerequisites, but many students find that Argument and Critical Thinking is a useful preliminary.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Opie
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThis course introduces the tools of modern symbolic logic. Students will learn to:
- Represent the logical structure of statements and arguments,
- Assess arguments for validity using truth tables and deductive methods,
- Apply these methods to real-world arguments.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. N/A
Required ResourcesThe course textbook is:
Henle, J M et al (2012) Sweet Reason: A Field Guide to Modern Logic, 2nd ed., Wiley.
Sweet Reason will be used throughout the course, and many of the tutorial exercises will be drawn from there. You will need to purchase your own copy through Unibooks.
Recommended ResourcesThe following text may also be useful, but is not compulsory:
Priest, G (2001) Logic: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press.
Online LearningLecture notes and a tutorial paper will be made available on MyUni each week, as will a recording of the lecture. Practice tests and a practice exam will be posted during the semester. Supplementary exercises may also be provided.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures. There are two lectures each week, which can be attended in person or viewed on MyUni.
Tutorials. Tutorials are designed to help you understand the lecture material, but may touch on other topics. To prepare for tutorials, please answer the questions made available each week on MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.2 x 1 hour lecture per week
1 hour tutorial per week
3 hours revision per week
3 hours tutorial preparation per week
3 hours assessment work (test and exam preparation)
Total per week 12 hours
Learning Activities SummaryWeek Content
1 Arguments, Formal and Informal logic
2 Validity and Soundness, Sentential, Truth Tables
3 English to Sentential, WFF in Sentential
4 Testing for Validity, In-class Test
5 Predicate, English to Predicate
6 Syllogisms, Universes, WFF in Predicate
7 Simple Deduction, Deduction Strategy
8 Sentential Deduction, Sentential Strategy
9 Predicate Deduction
10 Predicate Strategy, In-class Test
11 Deduction with Identity, FMTYEWTK
12 The Logic of Paradox, Where Next?
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance at a minimum of seven out of ten tutorials is compulsory. You will incur a penalty of 3% per tutorial for any further absences, up to a maximum of 9%, unless you can provide a medical certificate or counsellor’s note. The penalty is deducted from your overall course mark.
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Task Type Weight Test 1 Summative 20% Test 2 Summative 30% Exam Summative 50% Tutorials Formative Unweighted
Assessment DetailThe two in-class tests will take place during the normal lecture period. They will be based on material from Weeks 1-3 and Weeks 4-8, respectively. The tests will be open-book: you can bring your notes and textbooks with you. The end-of-semester exam is a two-hour exam, at a date and time to be advised by the university. It is open book―you can take your notes and textbooks with you―and is based on the whole course. It is worth 50% of the course mark.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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