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MAT 115: Logic (15 week version)

Course Description

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)

Prerequisite

  • None

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

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-15)

20%

Homework Assignments (Weeks 1-7 & 9-13)

50%

Exams (Weeks 8 & 14)

15%

Final Exam (Week 15)

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 ExercisesAssignments

1

1,2

Topic: What Logic Studies
  • Chapter 1
  • Sections A-G
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Start the Homework

2

1,2

Topic: What Logic Studies (cont...)
  • Chapter 1
  • Sections A-G
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete and Submit the Homework
3

3

Topic: Informal Fallacies
  • Chapter 4
  • Sections A-E
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Start the Homework

4

3

Topic: Informal Fallacies (cont...)
  • Chapter 4
  • Sections A-E
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete and Submit the Homework

5

1,4

Topic: Categorical Propositions
  • Chapter 5
  • Sections A-H
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Start the Homework

6

1,4

Topic: Categorical Propositions (cont...)
  • Chapter 5
  • Sections A-H
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on the Homework

7

1,4

Topic: Categorical Propositions (cont...)

  • Chapter 5,
  • Sections A-H
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete and Submit the Homework

8

1-4

Topic: Exam 1
  • Chapters 1,4 & 5
  • Review assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Exam 1 (Graded)
91,2,5Topic: Categorical Syllogisms
  • Chapter 6
  • Sections A-G
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Start the Homework
101,2,5Topic: Categorical Syllogisms (cont...)
  • Chapter 6
  • Sections A-G
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete and Submit the Homework
111,2,6

Topic: Propositional Logic

  • Chapter 7
  • Sections A-G
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Start the Homework
121,2,6Topic: Propositional Logic (cont...)
  • Chapter 7
  • Sections A-G
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue working on the Homework
131,2,6Topic: Propositional Logic (cont...)
  • Chapter 7
  • Sections A-G
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete and Submit the Homework
141,2,5,6

Topic: Exam 2

  • Chapters 6 & 7
  • Review assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Exam 2 (Graded)
151-6Topic: Final Exam
  • Review Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7
  • Review all Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Final Exam
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

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