Introduction to Logic

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Dr. Robert Sutton

Office: S511-B

PHI 230

Phone: 362-7133

Spring 2015


Office Hrs: MWF 9-10:00: T 10-11:00
and by appointment

Mail S202

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces basic concepts and techniques for distinguishing between good and bad reasoning.  Emphasis is placed on deduction, induction, validity, soundness, syllogisms, truth functions, predicate logic, analogical inference, common fallacies, and scientific methods.  Upon completion, students should be able to analyze arguments, distinguish between deductive and inductive arguments, test validity, and appraise inductive reasoning.  This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts.



Oral Communication

Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

Understanding Scientific Concepts & Application




Hurley, Patrick J. A Concise Introduction to Logic. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2015.


REQUIREMENTS: There will be four exams, including the final. Unannounced quizzes that may not be made up may be given in class from time There will be four exams, including the non-cumulative final.  Each exam will count as 25% of your final grade.


The class format will be lecture-discussion. Key vocabulary and central ideas will be presented in class with an opportunity for you to discuss and to demonstrate your understanding of course material. This process will only prove fruitful and learning will only occur if all assignments are read prior to the class, all assigned exercises completed, and if all of you are prepared to engage in critical discussion on the relevant issues.

ASSIGNMENTS: Homework will be assigned for all the skills that will be discussed in the weekly class meetings.  You will be asked to bring these assignments to class where any problems related to those assignments will be discussed.  You can also email me with any questions you have about these assignments.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: There is a direct correlation between attendance and academic success.†† Absences seriously disrupt your progress in a course and diminish the quality of the educational experience and group interaction. Consequently, you are ex≠pected to punctually attend all class sessions in this course. A failure to do so will likely result in low performance measures, including failing the course but, attendance will not be used in any calculation of your course grade.

GRADING: School wide grade scale is as follows:

           A=100-92(4), B=91-84(3), C=83-76(2), D=75-68(1), F=67(0), WP, WF, I

No withdrawals will be granted without a face to face consultation with the instructors and it is CFCC policy that, "No withdrawals may be requested after the 80% point of a class.  Students who wish to appeal should secure an Instructional Appeal Form from the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.  Permission will be granted for extenuating circumstances only. Documentation will be required.  The Vice President for Instructionís decision is final"

PLAGIARISM STATEMENT:  Plagiarism is using as your own the words or ideas of another, whether written or oral.  When you use material from a source, you must quote or paraphrase accurately and properly cite the information.  Failure to do so is considered plagiarism.  Examples of plagiarism include word-for-word copying without correctly indicating that you are quoting, inaccurate quoting and paraphrasing and incomplete or missing documentation.  Purchasing a paper or copying someone else's work and submitting it as your own is also plagiarism.  Any misrepresentation of the source in your writing or speaking would constitute a form of plagiarism. Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is not acceptable.  The Humanities and Fine Arts Department adheres to the CFCC policy on cheating as stated in the Catalog and Student Handbook.

CONTINGENCY PLAN: If there is an emergency and the instructor or an appropriate substitute does not meet with the class, wait fifteen minutes. If no instructor shows, the class should sign a roll sheet and designate someone to take it to the Humanities/Fine Arts Department Secretary or Chair. In the event of faculty absences, unless an assignment is given, it is expected that students will use the time studying in the library.

ACCOMMODATION OF SPECIAL NEEDS: Any student who requests classroom accommodations because of a disability must present documentation to verify his/her disability. This documentation must be furnished to the Disabilities Service Coordinator. On a confidential basis, the student, disabilities services and the instructor will determine the appropriate accommodations following documentation. These accommodations will be provided in a manner that is consistent with the objectives, outcomes, and academic standards of the course. Absences must not exceed class attendance policy.

CELL PHONES: Please make sure that your cell phone is off before entering the classroom. There is no reason to ever have your cell phone out during class time.


STUDENT ACCOUNTS: Your myCFCC account is a single username and password for all of your CFCC network accounts: email, WebAdvisor, Blackboard, campus computer access, and more. The email account provided to you ( is used for all official communication with CFCC instructors and staff. Some information will ONLY be sent by email and not by postal mail, so it is very important that you check this account. This account may also be used for personal mail, but is subject to the CFCC Acceptable Use Policy. Be sure to logout of your account in each service you may have opened (email, Blackboard, etc.) when you leave a shared computer, otherwise it is possible for the next user of the computer to access your information.

Disclaimer on First-Day Handouts: The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Cape Fear Community College, to make changes in course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligations.


Semester Hours Credit: 3
Course hours per week: 3
Prerequisites: ENG 111.
Corequisites: None:

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Updated 12/01/2014