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PHI 103 Introduction to Logic
 Credit Hours:  3 Effective Term: Fall 2011 SUN#: PHI 1103 AGEC: None Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures Times for Credit: 1 Grading Option: A/F Cross-Listed:

Description: Introduction to Logic includes techniques for reasoning deductively and inductively, avoiding fallacies, and using language accurately. Application of formal and informal techniques to the development, analysis, and evaluation of arguments.

Prerequisites: RDG094, MAT101 or higher

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Explain and distinguish the basic concepts of validity, invalidity, and soundness.
2. (Evaluation Level) Analyze and evaluate the forms of categorical syllogisms.
3. (Application Level) Identify and apply the symbolic language of the statement calculus (aka propositional calculus).
4. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate arguments and argument-forms in the statement calculus by means of truth tables.
5. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate arguments and argument-forms in the statement calculus by constructing formal proofs ("direct" and "indirect").
6. (Application Level) Apply the symbolic language of the first-order predicate calculus.
7. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate arguments and argument forms in the predicate calculus by constructing first-order formal proofs.
8. (Application Level) Apply the basic principles of inductive reasoning: logical analogy, reasoning from particular facts to general conclusions, and reasoning about cause and effect.
9. (Evaluation Level) Analyze and evaluate inductive arguments.
10. (Application Level) Apply the basic principles of scientific method and reasoning concerning probability.
11. (Analysis Level) Calculate the probabilities of specific events by the use of standard algebraic means.
12. (Comprehension Level) Identify and classify informal fallacies (common errors in reasoning) that are frequently committed in everyday life.
13. (Evaluation Level) Analyze and evaluate fallacious arguments from everyday life, including examples from newspapers, magazines, political speeches, etc.
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