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PHIL300 - Logic

Course Details

Course Code: PHIL300 Course ID: 3533 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an examination of the historical and contemporary concepts and techniques used in logic and emphasizes modern and classical treatments of topics such as quantification and rules of inference. The course will cover the principles of induction, informal fallacies, and uses of logic in everyday life. NOTE: THIS COURSE UTILIZES SOFTWARE THAT CAN ONLY BE RUN ON WINDOWS OR MAC SYSTEMS. (Prerequisite: PHIL101)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successful completion of PHIL300, the student will:

  • Recognize inductive and deductive arguments
  • Identify and analyze syllogistic and propositional arguments
  • Evaluate formal and informal arguments for correctness and completeness
  • Recognize defective argument forms
  • Identify and avoid fallacies in reasoning

Online Discussion: Each student must actively participate in online discussion. Discussion question(s) will be posted each week. These questions are designed to help you think through the concepts of the class, build your arsenal of reasonings, and learn from each other. A great deal of learning in this course will take place during class discussions. The quality and length of your responses are important to how effectively they contribute to class discussions. Each student should respond to at least two other students’ postings with a substantive comment, question, or argument for debate. Lengthy or wordy responses are difficult to read and may not generate substantial feedback. This also is the case with abbreviated responses that do not contain sufficient information for the reader to understand what you're "talking about." When responding to a question or comment, include enough of the original statement(s) for others to place your response in context, and maintain the same subject so others may follow the thread of discussion.
The quality of your responses during class discussions is an important way for you to demonstrate your comprehension of course material. "I agree" and "Yes, that's correct" are NOT quality responses. Quality responses illustrate your level of understanding of the subject by expanding upon the original statement, whether it is a discussion question or a comment made in class. Likewise, if you do not fully understand a particular subject, here's your chance to ask a question about it. Legitimate questions about course subjects usually generate further class discussion.
It is important to remember that these discussions are weekly and you will need to make postings every week on the current questions that your class is discussing. This discussion board is interactive--it is an ongoing conversation, and thus timeliness is important. Discussion Board responses will evaluated both on your initial contribution as well as your conversation and questions with others.
Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure are expected in your assignments. These rules are not as stringent for class discussions, where the style is more informal and "conversational." I would, however, encourage you to carefully edit each message as well as each assignment that you post. Substance of information, while vitally important in its own right, may be seriously impaired if presented in a manner that renders the communication process clouded. Please visit the "Forums" area of the course and review the forum descriptions for posting requirements and grading rubric.

Quizzes: Each student will be required to complete 5 quizzes. These quizzes are unlimited time, open book exams. You are allowed TWO attempts at each quiz.

Written Assignments: Essay Assignments are due in Weeks 4 and 8. Instructions for each Essay can be found in the Assignments section of the course. Do not wait until the week an essay is due to begin working on your Essays, but get started early before they are due. Doing this will ensure preparation and allow time to ask for clarification for anything you may not understand. Please message me with any questions you may have concerning the Essay assignments. Each Essay Assignment is due by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday of the week assigned.

NameGrade %
Forums 50.00 %
Week 1 - Introductions 5.56 %
Week 1 - WK1Q1 5.56 %
Week 2 - WK2Q1 5.56 %
Week 3 - WK3Q1 5.56 %
Week 4 - WK4Q1 5.56 %
Week 5 - WK5Q1 5.56 %
Week 6 - WK6Q1 5.56 %
Week 7 - WK7Q1 5.56 %
Week 8 - WK8Q1 5.56 %
Quizzes 20.00 %
Week 2 - Quiz 1 4.00 %
Week 3 - Quiz 2 4.00 %
Week 5 - Quiz 3 4.00 %
Week 6 - Quiz 4 4.00 %
Week 7 - Quiz 5 4.00 %
Essays 30.00 %
Week 4 - Essay 1 8.57 %
Week 8 - Essay 2 21.43 %

Additional informative site:
In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name Website URL/Address
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Philosophy Pages

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.