Introduction to Logic

Dr. Robert Sutton

Office: Bear Hall 269

P & R 110

Mail Box: Bear Hall 269

Spring 2015

Office Hrs: 6:00-6:30 and by


appointment after class


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Introduction to the principles of logic including the rules of deduction, the categorical syllogism, induction, and fallacies. Initiation in computer logic programs. Satisfies University Studies IV: Building Competencies/Quantitative and Logical Reasoning.


PAR basic studies classes in general  

·         introduce students to critical reading, discussion and writing concerning basic philosophical and religious values and beliefs, including various philosophical or religious issues,

·         critical evaluation of philosophical or religious positions,

·         and the development of arguments relating to those issues and positions.  

PAR logic classes specifically introduce students to the rules and structure of correct reasoning, which enable students to “Identify and analyze the elements of arguments” (LOG 1), and to “Evaluate the consistency, validity and sufficiency in arguments” (LOG 2). These skills should allow students to not only evaluate arguments but, to “Exhibit critical thinking by developing and expressing sound arguments from given premises to conclusions” (LOG 3), not only in philosophy and religious studies courses, but in every other intellectual endeavor as well. The specific student learning outcomes for this class will deal with learning the elements and relevant skills of informal reasoning, propositional and predicate logic, and the recognition and identification of typical mistakes in reasoning (fallacies).   Thus, at the end of the semester, you should: 

      understand the essential concepts, principles, and methods of logical reasoning,

      be able to detect and avoid fallacious reasoning in the arguments of others and in your own arguments,

      be capable of formulating and evaluating both deductive and inductive arguments,

      appreciate the value of critical reasoning and precision in the use of language,

      continue to develop the habits of thinking and communicating with logical rigor and clarity.



Hurley, Patrick J. A Concise Introduction to Logic. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2015. Students can buy the online chapters, the etext, or the hard text.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  There will be four exams, including the final. Unannounced quizzes that may not be made up may be given in class from time to time.  Each exam will count as 25% of your final grade, unless quizzes are given. If quizzes are given, each will count 10% and would require changing the percentages of the exams accordingly. To encourage attendance I will award 4 points to your final grade now, deduct a point for every class that you are absent.

The class format will be lecture-discussion. The key vocabulary and central ideas of each chapter section 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. You will be asked to present answers to the assigned homework in small groups and each small group will be asked to supply answers to the homework questions.  After the first test you will be assigned a group and each group will have the opportunity to earn extra points on the last three remaining tests, based upon the quality of the homework in each group.  The function of these groups will be explained fully by the professor.  I have the option, if your class performance and/or tests results are not good, of giving a "comprehensive" final examination.  No make exams will be given without prior arrangement.

GRADE SCALE:  A=100-92, B=91-84, C=83-76, D=75-68, F=67.

EXTRA CREDIT:  Extra credit is built into the course, thus no additional extra credit is available.


STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:  If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing accommodations of any type in order to participate in this class, you must notify the Disability Resource Center (#1033 DePaolo Hall, 910-962–7555), provide necessary documentation of the disability and arrange for the appropriate authorized accommodations. Once these accommodations are approved, please identify yourself to me so we can implement these accommodations. 

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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: All members of UNCW’s community are expected to follow the academic Honor Code. Please read the UNCW Honor Code carefully (as covered in the UNCW Student Handbook and available here: Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated in this class.

PERSONAL ELECTRONICS: Cell phone use, unless otherwise instructed (i.e. to be used in electronic course evaluations), is not permitted in this course. Turn off your cell phones prior to class. Laptops may be used in this course, provided that they are being used for course activities. Laptops will be banned from the classroom for the rest of the semester the first time any laptop user is seen engaging in non-classroom related activity.