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)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Homework Assignment (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
Exams (Weeks 4 & 7)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Required TextbooksAvailable through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
- Baronett, Stan. Logic. 4th ed. Oxford University Press, 2019. ISBN-10: 0-19-069171-9 or ISBN-13: 978-0-19-0691714
Readings and Exercises
|Topic: What Logic Studies|
|Topic: Informal Fallacies|
|Topic: Categorical Propositions|
|Topic: Exam 1|
|Topic: Categorical Syllogisms|
|Topic: Propositional Logic|
Topic: Exam 2
|Topic: Final Exam|
COSC Accessibility Statement
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.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.