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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Logic Philosophy 1021, Section 1—Fall 2011—TTh 9:10–10:30—Lockett 15 Professor Jeffrey Roland
Ofﬁce: Coates 118
Ofﬁce hours: T: 11–noon, W: 1–2, and by appt. Email: email@example.com
Web: www.lsu.edu/faculty/jroland Course Description
This course is an introduction to logic, formal and informal. We will begin with the most basic kind of
formal logic, propositional logic. Learning propositional logic involves learning a simple formal language.
We will learn such a language, translate statements of English into that language, and learn some techniques
for discerning the logical properties of statements and arguments translatable into that language. On the
informal side we will learn how to identify and avoid some ways of reasoning that can be quite attractive
and convincing, but which are nonetheless defective. Finally, we will brieﬂy consider legal reasoning. General Course Information
1. Course format. Most of class time will be lecture, but we will normally devote some time each
week to working and discussing problems. This time will provide us with time to discuss what we’re
learning and to more directly address speciﬁc difﬁculties you’re having. I’ll take questions as they
come up during lecture, but I reserve the right to rein in discussion in the interest of keeping us on
schedule. Bring your textbook to every class meeting.
2. Required text. The following book is required for the course. It should be available in the usual
Patrick Hurley, A Concise Introduction to Logic 10th edition, Thomson Learning (2009)—
LSU custom edition
New copies of this text come bundled with a Learning Logic 5 CD-ROM and an iLrn pin number.
You must buy a new package with all these items. Learning Logic 5 will be extremely valuable to
you this term. The iLrn pin number gives you free access to a real-time, online tutor via vMentor.
More importantly, an iLrn pin number is required to take exams.
You can ﬁnd additional learning resources on the companion website for the Hurley text, including
another software program called Logic Coach 10. This program enables you to check the exercises
you do from the book and helps you with exercises which give you trouble. You can access the
companion site via my website (URL above); follow the student resources link. Do not waste money
on a stand-alone software package. All software needed for this course either comes with the book
bundle or is downloadable free of charge.
3. Grades. Course grades will depend on the best ten of ﬁfteen in-class quizzes and three exams (two
prelims and a ﬁnal, all closed book). To pass the course you must take at least two of the three
exams. The ﬁnal will be cumulative. Quizzes will be given approximately weekly. They will be
on material we are currently covering or have just covered and will not be announced ahead of time.
Quizzes will be graded +, , and −. These translate to scores of 100, 80, and 60, respectively.
Note that this means it is impossible to fail a quiz, provided you take it. I will assign letter grades to exams and the course using the following grading scale (in percentages):
F: less than 30
Weighting for course grades will be as follows:
• Quizzes: 15% • First Prelim: 20% • Second Prelim: 30%
• Final Exam: 35%. 4. Exams. Exams will be held on the following dates.
• Prelim 1: September 27–29
• Prelim 2: November 1–3
• Final: December 5–9 Prelims are one hour long; the ﬁnal is two hours long.
Regular exams will be computerized and administered in the testing labs. You will need to schedule
times for your exams at www.cae.lsu.edu/default.asp. (This site can also be accessed
from my website via the student resources link.) Make sure to do this well in advance of each
exam. Otherwise, you run the risk of not getting a spot.
5. Make-up policy. Make-up exams will be held on October 3 (Prelim 1) and November 7 (Prelim 2),
from 4–5pm (room to be announced). If you miss a prelim, for whatever reason, you may make it up.
However, since make-up exams tend to be more difﬁcult than the regular exams it is in your interest
to take the regular exams if at all possible. Make-ups for the ﬁnal are given at my discretion, and very
rarely. There will be no make-up quizzes.
6. Electronic devices. Cell phones, pagers, etc. should be off during class. General Education Information
This course satisﬁes the goal of the University’s General Education Requirement in Analytical Thinking.
• The goal of the General Education Analytical Reasoning requirement is for students to gain an understanding of the reasoning processes used in drawing conclusions, and to gain competence in using
these processes. (www.cae.lsu.edu/genedhome/gened-ar.html) 2 Important Additional Information
1. If you have a disability that may affect your performance in this course and for which you may require
accommodation, please see a staff member in the Ofﬁce of Disability Services (112 Johnston Hall) so
that such accommodation can be considered. Students who receive an accommodation letter should
meet with me as soon as possible to discuss provision of accommodation.
2. I respect and uphold LSU’s policies and regulations pertaining to: observation of religious holidays;
assistance available to physically disabled and visually and/or hearing impaired students; plagiarism;
sexual harassment; and racial or ethnic discrimination. You are advised to become familiar with the
respective University policies and regulations and are encouraged to bring any questions or concerns
to my attention.
3. You should familiarize yourself with Section 5.1 of the LSU “Code of Student Conduct.” This is
the section covering academic misconduct, otherwise known as cheating. Academic misconduct is a
serious matter. I will not tolerate it, so please don’t try it. Tentative Course Schedule
Week 1: read chapter 1 (we will not cover all of this in lecture, but it will help you to read it); 6.1
Week 2: 6.2
Week 3: 6.2 and 6.3
Week 4: 6.3 and 6.4
Week 5: 6.4 and 6.6
Week 6: 6.6 and 7.1
Week 7: 7.1 and 7.2
Week 8: 7.2 and 7.3 (fall break, no class Thursday)
Week 9: 7.3 and 7.4
Week 10: 3.1 and 3.2
Week 11: 3.2 and 3.3
Week 12: 3.3 and 3.4
Week 13: 3.4 and 3.5
Week 14: 3.5 and 9.1 (Thanksgiving, no class Thursday)
Week 15: 9.1, 9.5, and 9.6 (as time permits) 3 ...
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