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MAT 115: Logic (15 week version)

Course Description

This course provides a study of formal and informal logic, deductive and inductive reasoning, hypothetical reasoning, valid argument forms, symbolic logic, sentential and predicate language, statement logic, tautologies, and the use of validity/invalidity in logic. Emphasis is placed on the proper uses of logic for problem-solving techniques. Internet Explorer or Firefox is required to read the symbols used in this course.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Define important logical terms, such as: "argument", "premise", "conclusion", "deduction", "induction", "validity", "truth", and "soundness".
  2. Demonstrate the ability to distinguish an argument.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to distinguish correct and fallacious reasoning.
  4. Describe the various properties of the four standard-form categorical propositions.
  5. Test arguments for validity using Venn diagrams and/or truth tables and indirect truth tables.
  6. Use truth tables to classify propositions, compare propositions, and test arguments for validity.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussions

20%

Homework Assignments

50%

Exam

15%

Final Exam

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Baronett, Stan. Logic. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN-10: 0-19-938340-5 or ISBN-13: 978-0-19-938340-5

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1,3,4

Topic: Basic Logical Concepts
  • Chapter 1, Sections 1-3 (pg. 2-17)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 1 Quiz

2

1,3,4

Topic: Basic Logical Concepts (cont...)
  • Chapter 1, Sections 4-6 (pg. 18-32)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 1 Homework
3

2,4,5

Topic:  Fallacies
  • Chapter 4, Sections 1-4 (pg. 105-133)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 4 Homework

4

2,4,5

Topic: Fallacies (cont...)
  • Chapter 4, Sections 5-6 (pg. 134-156)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 4 Quiz

5

3,4,6

Topic: Categorical Propositions
  • Chapter 5, Sections 1-3 (pg. 164 - 170)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 5 Quiz

6

3,4,6

Topic: Categorical Propositions (cont...)
  • Chapter 5, Sections 4-5 (pg. 170 - 180)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 5 Homework

7

3,4,6

Topic: Categorical Propositions (cont...)

  • Chapter 5, Sections 6-8 (pg. 180 - 204)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 5 Homework

8

1-6

Topic: Exam 1
  • Chapters 1,4 & 5
  • Review assigned chapters
  • Ask questions in the Discussion Board
  • Complete Exam 1 (Graded)
9
2,4,6,7
Topic: Categorical Syllogisms
  • Chapter 6, Sections 1-3 (pg. 205 - 224)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 6 Quiz
10
2,4,6,7
Topic: Categorical Syllogisms (cont...)
  • Chapter 6, Sections 4-5 (pg. 224 - 244)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 6 Homework
11
4,7,8

Topic: Symbolic Logic

  • Chapter 8, Sections 1-4 (pg. 287 - 313)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 8 Quiz
12
4,7,8
Topic: Symbolic Logic (cont...)
  • Chapter 8, Sections 5-7 (pg. 314 - 323)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 8 Homework
13
4,7,8
Topic: Symbolic Logic (cont...)
  • Chapter 8, Sections 8-10 (pg. 323 - 336)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Chapter 8 Homework
14
2-4, 5-9

Topic: Exam 2

  • Chapters 6 & 8
  • Review assigned chapters
  • Ask questions in the Discussion Board
  • Complete Exam 2 (Graded)
15
1,2,4,6
Topic: Final Project
  • Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6 & 8
  • Review all Lecture material
  • Submit the Final Project
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

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