Syllabus

 

I.                    PHI 101 Logic

Ferrum College

Program: Philosophy School: Arts and Humanities

 

II.                  Instructor: Instructor Name: Gary L. Angel

Office: Britt 211

Phone Number: 4343

Office Hours: MWF 2:45-5:15

 

Class Meeting Time: MWF 12:20-1:15, MWF 1:25-2:20

 

III.                Textbooks and Materials:

Zygotic Logic, Gary L. Angel, Zygotic Publications, 2007, (green edition)

 

IV.                Catalog Course Description

 

An introduction to the various ways of distinguishing correct from incorrect reasoning. The course deals with Aristotelian as well as propositional logic and includes discussions focusing on the nature of an argument, informal fallacies, validity, and the differences between deductive and inductive argumentation. Three hours, three credits.

 

I.                    Purpose

 

The purpose of this course is to give students the fundamental structures of rational thought. It is intended for philosophy majors and for students in any discipline requiring some form of critical analysis.

 

II.                  Instructional Methodology and Use of Technology

 

Students in this class will read the textbook, listen to lectures, participate in interactive discussions and demonstrations, and show their achievements by taking a series of cumulative exams and quizzes.

 

 

III.                College-wide Outcomes

 

Students will think critically and solve problems through analysis, evaluation, and inference.

 

Students will communicate with unity of purpose and coherent organization consistent with standard rules and recognized conventions using appropriate methodologies

 

Students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge, capability and ethical reasoning in a chosen field.

 

Philosophy Program Outcomes

 

         Philosophy graduates will have a basic knowledge of logic including the following: the nature of argument, deduction and induction, validity and soundness, categorical logic, propositional logic, informal fallacies, tautology, contingency, and contradiction.

 

         Philosophy graduates will be critical thinkers who are able to formulate arguments and evaluate properly the arguments of others.

 

Course Goals:

 

All of the following course goals will be assessed by homework and cumulative examinations and quizzes:

 

1.      Students will understand the nature of argument.

2.      Students will learn the difference between deductive and inductive arguments.

3.      Students will become aware of various kinds of logical fallacies, and how not to be deceived by them.

4.      Students will learn to evaluate arguments.

5.      Students will learn to use proper rules of inference, Venn diagrams, truth tables, and indirect method.

 

 

IV.               Course Requirements/Assignments

 

a.      Attendance

 

                                                  i.      Students who miss logic class should have their heads examined. It is virtually impossible to pass, much less do well, in logic if classes are missed. However, in spite of this, responsibility for class attendance belongs exclusively to students; hence, class attendance will not be required. Yet, students should be advised that a choice to miss class is tantamount to a choice to fail the class.

                                                ii.      Examinations, quests and quizzes are not optional. Students must take them when they are scheduled unless the professor is contacted in advance, by e-mail, alerting him to the reason for missing the assignment. Students should understand that only good reasons will be accepted, and that most reasons students offer for missing are not good ones. Make-up assignments will be given only if these conditions are met. If students miss pop-quizzes, there will be no make-ups.

                                              iii.      Illness is always a good reason for missing class, as well as tests. Moreover, in a time of a potential pandemic, students with potentially contagious illnesses must not attend class. If students come to class sneezing, coughing, snotting, or showing any signs of fever, they will have to leave.

 

b.      Assignments

 

                                                  i.      There will be periodic cumulative quizzes and quests [50%].

                                                ii.      There will be a cumulative final examination [50%].

c.       Co-requirements

 

                                                  i.      Entering the room late is disruptive and rude. Do not be late to class. If students are late, they might not be allowed to enter class.

                                                ii.      Cell phones are also disruptive and will be seen as mechanisms for cheating. Active texting or receiving text messages in class is prohibited. Cell phones must be turned off and all headsets must be removed. If students do not comply, they will have to leave class.

                                              iii.      Proper classroom attire is essential to a learning environment. Do not wear underwear as outerwear, and do not wear pajamas to class. If students do not comply, they will have to leave class.

                                               iv.      It is horribly rude to leave the room during class. Students may not leave to go to the rest room, to drink, or to engage in any other non-emergent activity. If students become aware of emergencies, they may leave without asking permission.

 

V.                 Evaluation and Grading Evaluation Scale A=90-100

B=80-89

C=70-79

D=60-69

F=Below 60

VI.               Academic Integrity:

In all instances, policies identified in the Ferrum College Catalog and the Ferrum College Student and Faculty Handbooks regarding the Honor System shall be followed. Students are expected to display academic integrity at all times and in all circumstances.

 

VII.             Disability Services:

Office of Academic Accessibility (OAA):

As directed by Ferrum College’s policy, any student with a disability who qualifies for and seeks academic accommodations (such as testing or other services) must work through the Office for Academic Accessibility for accommodations.  The office is located Lower StanleyLibrary, Office 110 and the director may be reached by phone at 365-4262 or by email at nbeach@ferrum.edu . Please remember that accommodations cannot be granted retroactively; they must be requested in a timely manner prior to when the accommodation is needed.  Students who wish to use accommodations through OAA are encouraged to meet with the director during the first weeks of the semester to discuss the process, and are also invited to read the policy manual on www.ferrum.edu/disability for specific information.