This course will focus on 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. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Define important logical terms, such as: "argument", "premise", "conclusion", "deduction", "induction", "validity", "truth", and "soundness".
- Demonstrate the ability to distinguish an argument.
- Demonstrate the ability to distinguish correct and fallacious reasoning.
- Describe the various properties of the four standard-form categorical propositions.
- Test arguments for validity using Venn diagrams and/or truth tables and indirect truth tables.
- Use truth tables to classify propositions, compare propositions, and test arguments for validity.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
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Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-15)
Homework Assignments (Weeks 1-7 & 9-13)
Exams (Weeks 8 & 14)
Final Exam (Week 15)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Baronett, Stan. Logic. 5th ed. Oxford University Press, 2022. ISBN-13: 9780197602409
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignments|
|Topic: What Logic Studies|
|Topic: What Logic Studies (cont...)|
|Topic: Informal Fallacies|
|Topic: Informal Fallacies (cont...)|
|Topic: Categorical Propositions|
|Topic: Categorical Propositions (cont...)|
Topic: Categorical Propositions (cont...)
|Topic: Exam 1|
|9||1,2,5||Topic: Categorical Syllogisms|
|10||1,2,5||Topic: Categorical Syllogisms (cont...)|
Topic: Propositional Logic
|12||1,2,6||Topic: Propositional Logic (cont...)|
|13||1,2,6||Topic: Propositional Logic (cont...)|
Topic: Exam 2
|15||1-6||Topic: Final Exam|
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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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