PHIL 1111OL - Introductory Logic: An Intensive Intro to Logic

Online - Summer - 2022

An intensive introduction to modern logic. Logic explores and illuminates the principles underlying good reasoning and argumentation. In this course, we look at the structure of conclusive arguments in a systematic way, aiming to spell out the logical features that constrain and support our public debates and private reasoning. We will introduce a precise symbolic language to represent argument structure, and learn how to identify and construct valid arguments using techniques such as truth tables, interpretations, and natural deduction proofs. Apart from being a great aid to clear thinking about any subject, knowledge of logic is essential for understanding many areas not only of contemporary philosophy, but also linguistics, mathematics and computer science. This course is offered fully online and intensively over a 7-week period. Most course content is self-paced for student convenience, with some timetabled elements to help students structure their engagement with course content.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHIL 1111OL
    Course Introductory Logic: An Intensive Intro 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
    Assessment Online quizzes , take-home test 1, take-home test 2
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Antony Eagle

    Course Timetable

    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 weekly timetabled 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 3 and February 18, 2021.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Represent the structure of statements and arguments using a formal logical framework;
    2. Assess formalised arguments for validity using truth tables and deductive methods;
    3. Apply these formal methods to clarify and assess real-world arguments;
    4. Display knowledge of and facility with symbolic logic under a variety of assessment conditions;
    5. 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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There is an open access textbook that is freely downloadable:

    Antony Eagle, Tim Button, and PD Magnus (2021) Forallx Adelaide

    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. We don't have time to cover every section of the book, so skip any sections which are marked 'optional', and focus in the first instance on sections 1–13. 

    Online Learning
    This course is run wholly online and almost entirely asynchronously, with the exception of the zoom tutorials. 

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    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:

    6 hours equivalent lectures per week 24 hours per semester
    6 x 15 minute discussion activities per week 6 hours per semester
    4 x 30 minute quiz answer review per week 6 hours per semester
    Sub-total 36 hours
    6 hours reading per week 24 hours per semester
    10 hours quiz preparation/completion per week 40 hours per semester
    10 hours take home exam preparation per week 40 hours per semester
    4 hours completion of sample exercises per week 16 hours per semester
    Sub-total 120 hours
    TOTAL 156 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.

    DateCourse WeekActivity/ContentTextbook sections covered
    January 3–7 1 The nature of argument and sentential logic §§1–7
    January 10–14 2 Truth tables §§8–13
    January 17–21 3 Proofs in sentential logic;  §§26–29, §§31–32
    January 24–28 4

    Mid-term take-home exam

    Beginning quantified logic


    January 31–

    February 4


    Identity and descriptions;

    interpretations and semantics

    February 7–11 6 Proofs in quantified logic §30, §35, §§37–38
    February 14–18 7 Final take-home exam

    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.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    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 midterm exam Summative 30% 1,2,3,4,5
    Take home final exam Summative 30% 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Detail
    AssessmentDescription% 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 23rd. 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 14th. 20%
    Mid term take home test Students complete a mid term take home open book exam on the first half of the course material. Students have 72 hours to complete the exam. Due January 25th. 30%
    Final take home test Students complete a mid term take home open book exam on the second half of the course material. Students have 72 hours to complete the exam. Due February 18th. 30%

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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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