PHIL 1111OL - An Intensive Introduction to Logic
Online - Summer - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 1111OL Course An Intensive Introduction to Logic Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Summer Level Undergraduate Location/s Online Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week online intensive Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible PHIL 1110 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. An Intensive Introduction to Logic will cover the basics of formal logic, which provides symbolic methods for representing and assessing the logical form of arguments. You will develop an understanding of symbolic language and logic, as well as familiarity with precise models of deductive reasoning. However, no previous experience with symbolic methods or mathematics is assumed. There are no prerequisites, but some students find that Argument and Critical Thinking is a useful companion class.
This course is offered intensively. Engagement with course content and assessment tasks from the very start of the course is essential for success.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Antony Eagle
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course material is supplied in screencast micro-lectures and online discussion boards, and students can engage with course content on a timetable of their own choosing and without coming to campus. There are also twice-weekly timetabled online tutorials where students can get help with problems and concepts with the support of teaching staff and their peers.
Students can expect to be involved in learning and assessment activities for this course between January 2 and February 16, 2023. Assessment begins early so if you are not prepared to begin taking quizzes in the first week of January then perhaps this course is not for you.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Represent the structure of statements and arguments using a formal logical framework;
- Assess formalised arguments for validity using truth tables and deductive methods;
- Apply these formal methods to clarify and assess real-world arguments;
- Display knowledge of and facility with symbolic logic under a variety of assessment conditions;
- Demonstrate understanding of interpretative questions and controversies arising from formal approaches to real world statements and arguments.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
There is an open access textbook that is freely downloadable:
Antony Eagle, Tim Button, and PD Magnus (2021) Forallx Adelaide https://github.com/antonyeagle/forallx-adl/raw/master/forallx-adl.pdf.
The course is structured around this text, so all students are required to familiarise themselves with it.
I strongly urge students to download this text and begin reading it as soon as they enrol. The intensive nature of the course means some prior preparation will really help, giving you the best chance of understanding the material in the short time available. A good start would be to look through sections 1–7, the bulk of chapters 1 and 2; push on to chapter 3, sections 8–13, if you have time, before classes start.
Online LearningThis course is run wholly online and almost entirely asynchronously, with the exception of the zoom tutorials.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered fully online, with fully asychronous pre-recorded lecture content supported by timetabled zoom workshops. The face to face activities are scaffolded by multiple weekly quizzes and practice exercises that each link to associated micro-lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
This course is offered intensively, with four weeks allocated indicatively to content mastery, and two weeks to take-home examination. The course workload is equivalent to a semester-length course:
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS STRUCTURED LEARNING 6 hours equivalent lectures per week 36 hours per semester 2 x 1 hours tutorials per week, 5 weeks 10 hours per semester SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING 6 hours reading/revision per week 36 hours per semester 4 hours quiz revision/completion per week 24 hours per semester 3 x 8 hours take home exam preparation 24 hours per semester 3 hours completion/review of sample exercises per week 18 hours per semester TOTAL 148 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Students can engage with course content on their own schedule, so long as they are prepared for the two take-home exams at the appropriate times. You expect the following broad pattern of activities when enrolled in this course. Note that each section of the course is associated with assessed online quizzes.
Date Course Week Activity/Content Textbook sections covered January 1–7 1 The nature of argument; beginning sentential logic §§1–4 (~35 pages) January 8–14 2 Sentential logic; truth tables §§5–9 (~43 pages) January 15–21 3 Semantic concepts; proofs in sentential logic §§10–13 (~24 pages); §§26–28 (~25 pages) January 22–28 4
Advanced proofs in sentential logic; beginning quantified logic
§29, §§31–32 (~38 pages); §§15–16 (~27 pages)
Quantified logic; extensionality
§§17–21 (~64 pages) February 5–11 6
Interpretations and semantics; proofs in quantified logic
§§22–25 (~32 pages); §35, §§37–39 (~41 pages) February 12–16 7
covers all class material
Please note: course content is unlocked as you progress through MyUni modules, so you must complete the quizzes for earlier topics before you will be able to access lectures, etc., for later topics.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S) Online quizzes, set 1 Formative and Summative 20% 1,2,3,4 Online quizzes, set 2 Formative and Summative 20% 1,2,3,4 Take home final exam Summative 60% 1,2,3,4,5
Assessment Description % weighting Online quizzes set 1 Students complete online quizzes through MyUni associated with each topic in modules 1–4. There are 18 short quizzes, each worth the same amount, to a total of 20% of the course mark. The lowest quiz marks are dropped. You should aim to complete the quizzes by January 22nd. 20% Online quizzes set 2 Students complete online quizzes through MyUni associated with each topic in modules 5–7. There are 13 short quizzes, each worth the same amount, to a total of 20% of the course mark. The lowest quiz marks are dropped. You should aim to complete the quizzes by February 12th. 20% Final take home test Students complete a take home open book exam on the course material. Students have 72 hours to complete the exam. Proposed due date: February 16th, TBC. 60%
SubmissionOnline quizzes are submitted through MyUni Canvas quizzes. Take home exam is submitted electronically through MyUni. Assignments are marked anonymously. Due to the intensity of the course and the time-limited nature of the key assessment tasks, there are limitations on the extent to which late work and requests for extensions can be accommodated.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
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
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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