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MAT 115: Logic (Accelerated)

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 1-8)

20%

Homework Assignment (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)

50%

Exams (Weeks 4 & 7)

15%

Final Exam (Week 8)

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

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

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

2

3

Topic: Informal Fallacies
  • Chapter 4
  • Sections A-E
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the Homework
3

1,4

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

4

1-4

Topic: Exam 1
  • Review Ch 1, 4, and 5

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Take the Practice Quiz (not graded)
  • Take Exam #1

5

1,2,5

Topic: Categorical Syllogisms
  • Chapter 6,
  • Sections A-G
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the Homework

6

1,2,6

Topic: Propositional Logic
  • Chapter 7
  • Sections A-G
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the Homework

7

1,2,5,6

Topic: Exam 2

  • Review Ch 6 and 7

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Take Exam #2

8

1-6

Topic: Final Exam
  • Review Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7
  • Review Ch 1, 4-6, and 7
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

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