Prince George’s Community College
Philosophy 109 – Introduction to Logic
TO: Students considering enrolling in PHL 109:
General Course Objective:
In this course you will learn to reason logically and analytically, a crucial requirement and skill for success in today’s complex workplace. The course website offers proof of this statement in the form of statistics showing that students who take logic courses do much better in their other courses as well as on standardized tests such as the LSAT, GMAT, GRE, and the Civil Service Entrance Exam. This is an invaluable course.
Specific Course Goals & Outcomes:
successful completion of Philosophy 109, you will be able to:
1) Identify Inductive and Deductive Arguments
2) Identify Informal fallacies as they appear in everyday situations (ex. newspapers, TV programs, etc.)
3) Manipulate the operations of conversion, obversion, contraposition, conversion by limitation
4) Translate English sentences and arguments into categorical form
5) Construct Venn Diagrams and thereby determine the validity of syllogistic arguments
6) Translate English sentences and arguments into truth functional-propositional form
7) Construct Truth Tables and thereby determine the validity and invalidity of truth-functional arguments
8) Construct formal, deductive proofs of truth-functional arguments.
Hurley, Patrick, A Concise Introduction to Logic --9th edition. Wadsworth 2006. Make sure you purchase the one that comes with a CD and online access code bundled along with the textbook.
The course will be conducted entirely online. Using a speaker-equipped computer you will log-on to receive course information, view course content, submit assignments, and interact with the professor and fellow students via email and a chatroom-type “discussion boards.” Unless technical difficulties require such changes, no on-campus classes or meetings are scheduled. However, because of technical difficulties with some of the material covered at the end of the students may be required to take some quizzes at home, which must be faxed back to professor upon completion – and on time.
Dr. Alicia Juarrero 301-322-0948
I look forward to having you in class.