PHILOSOPHY 201 - PRACTICAL LOGIC
S03
COURSE INFORMATION







Instructor: Dr. Henry J. Folse, Jr.                                                                                Office Phone: 865-3940

Office: Bobet 414                                                                                    Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 3:30-4:30
 
 

Required Text: Irving M. Copi & Carl Cohen, Introduction to Logic, Eleventh Edition (Prentice-Hall: Upper Saddle River NJ, 2001).

Class Attendance: In order to do satisfactory work in this class it is imperative to attend class on a regular basis; however, attendance will not enter directly into computation of the final grade. Failure to attend class will inevitably weaken the student's chances for performing well on exams, and thereby affect the final grade. Moreover since there are no make-up quizzes, students with high rates of absence will likely have poor quiz grades. Roll will be called only for the first few weeks of the semester to familiarize the instructor with the students. If you do have a good reason for missing class (e.g. serious illness), it is your responsibility to consult with the instructor to see to it that you know what was covered during the class you missed.

Arriving and Departing Class: Students are expected to be in the classroom at the beginning of each class. If you are late due to some serious reason, you should still come to class, but you must enter the class quietly without disturbing your fellow students or the Instructor. If you must depart class prior to the end of the period, due to some emergency or unavoidable scheduling conflict, do so quietly and without disturbing the class. Once a student has departed, returning to the class is not permitted. In particular, students will not be permitted to depart casually and then return to class after a "break."

Study Assignments: Each class will cover a specific assignment of one or more sections of the textbook, generally including exercises. Assignments in terms of Sections and Exercises are given on the accompanying syllabus together with the topic for that day's class. Failure to study carefully each day's assignment and at least making a try on the Exercises before coming to class will result in an inadequate comprehension of the material covered in that class. Carried to prolonged periods, failure to keep up with the assignments will reduce you to irremediable perplexity. DO NOT FALL BEHIND IN YOUR ASSIGNMENTS!

Homework: Exercises appearing on the syllabus are all in the textbook at the end of almost every assignment. You need to attempt only the specific exercises which have been assigned on the syllabus for the next class. Note that many Sections have several sets of exercises numbered with Roman numerals; you need to do only those sets and numbered problems which are assigned (though you may want to do more). It is recommended that you do these exercises in a notebook set aside for that purpose. Unless otherwise indicated, do all numbered problems in a set. Students will be called on to present answers to selected homework exercises, either orally or sometimes at the blackboard, on the class day for which the assignment is made. Making sure that you have understood the assigned exercises after they are considered in class is the best way to prepare for exams. Students who have difficulty understanding the material should contact the Instructor for help.

Discussion: The nature of a first course in logic does not provide the occasion for discussion of controversial topics as is common in other philosophy courses. This is a "tools" course designed to impart certain logical skills, not a philosophical examination of the principles of correct reasoning. However, you should feel free to ask question any time perplexity strikes. DO NOT KEEP QUIET ABOUT WHAT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND - ASK QUESTIONS WHEN THE PARTICULAR POINT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS BEING DISCUSSED IN CLASS. Students who wait until exam time to inform the instructor of their lack of understanding, will have a poor chance of passing the exam.

Quizzes: Dates marked with an asterix "*" on the accompanying syllabus will have a short quiz (generally the final ten to fifteen minutes of the class period). Quizzes will consist solely of selected problems in the textbook Exercise assignments. Successful preparation of the Exercise assignment will virtually assure you of success in the quizzes. A total of 7 or 8 quizzes will be given, but only the best five will count. Each quiz is graded on a 20 point scale. Thus, five "20's" will give you a perfect quiz grade of 100 %, which is 1/5th (20%) of the final grade.

Examinations: Exams will include objective questions (multiple choice) and logic problems to be worked. The emphasis will always be on being able to apply the techniques you have learned in the analysis of reasoning; i.e. by "doing problems" in logic. Generally examination problems will be very similar to the problems the student is expected to have prepared on the homework assignments and which have been done in class. There will be THREE "in-class" exams lasting the full 75 mins. of the period, each following a section of the course. DATES FOR THE EXAMS ARE ON THE ACCOMPANYING SYLLABUS; MARK THEM ON YOUR CALENDAR AT ONCE! Each of the "in-class" exams will cover only the material covered in that section of the course immediately preceding the exam. Each of these exams will count for 1/6th of your semester grade.

Final Exam: The final exam will be 2/3 like the three earlier "in-class" exams, except that it will cover the material of the last quarter of the semester considered since the previous exam. The remaining 1/3 of the final exam will be COMPREHENSIVE in a general way drawing on all of the techniques you have learned throughout the semester. The final exam will count for 1/3 of your semester grade.

********** WARNING! **********

Missing Exams: Obviously a student should miss an exam only for an absolutely compelling reason. BEING UNPREPARED OR FORGETTING THE DATE OF AN EXAM IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE REASON FOR MISSING AN EXAM. If you do find yourself unable to be in class for an exam, call the philosophy department AT ONCE (865-3940) and leave a message as to the reason you cannot make the exam. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A MAKE UP EXAM YOU MUST HAVE NOTIFIED THE INSTRUCTOR, VIA THE PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT, BY THE TIME AND DATE THE EXAM IS ADMINISTERED. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL MEAN THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE A NON-NEGOTIABLE ZERO FOR THE EXAM IN QUESTION!