Introduction to Logic

Dr. Robert Sutton

Office: Bear Hall 269

P & R 110

Mail Box: Bear Hall 269

Spring Fall 20132012

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


appointment after class


COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the basic concepts and principles of logic including the rules of deduction, the categorical syllogism, induction, and fallacies, both formal and informal.


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 acquire the skills to evaluate and form rational arguments not only in philosophy and religious studies, but in every other intellectual endeavor as well. The specific student learning outcomes for this class will deal with learning the relevant skills for informal reasoning, propositional logic, 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.

      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. 11th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2012. Students can buy the online chapters or the hard text.

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 and rules of these groups will be explained fully by the professorin class.  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 or points at the end of the semester areis available.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation in this course, you should inform the instructor of this fact in writing within the first week of class or as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you must register with the Office of Disability Services in Westside Hall (962-3746) and obtain a copy of your Accommodation Letter. You should then meet with the instructor to make mutually agreeable arrangements based on the recommendations of the Accommodation Letter. 

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 RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE POLICY:  In accordance with NC SL 2010-211, you are entitled to two excused absences for religious observances per academic year. You must inform me in writing the first week of class if you will be missing any classes due to religious observance and using one of the two permissible absences for the academic year.

I take academic dishonesty seriously, as you do. I shall abide by the "Academic Honor Code" as described in the UNCW Code of Student Life, as so will you.