I. Course Prefix/Number: PHL 105
Course Name: Logic
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
A. Analyze the structure of arguments in everyday exchanges and in more formal written material.
B. Evaluate the validity and persuasiveness of arguments.
C. Recognize common types of faulty reasoning.
D. Develop skills that will enable them to construct their own arguments with greater clarity and sophistication.
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
A. Identifying arguments
B. Identifying assumptions
C. Understanding different types of definitions
II. The structure of arguments
A. Premises and conclusions
C. Missing parts of arguments
D. Casting arguments
A. Immediate inference and the square of opposition
B. Validity and soundness
C. Categorical syllogisms and Venn diagrams
D. Propositional logic, truth tables, and natural deduction
B. Arguments from analogy
C. Causal arguments
D. Good reasons arguments
E. Evaluating hypotheses
V. Informal fallacies
A. Fallacies of language
B. Fallacies of relevance
C. Fallacies of evidence
VI. Applying logic in everyday life
A. Mass media
B. Persuasive papers
VII. Methods of Instruction
B. Small group work
C. Analysis of arguments
D. TV, magazine, and newspaper analysis
E. Written logic exercises
F. Web-based logic exercises
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
B. Logic exercises
C. Standards for written work
F. Final Project
G. Special policies about make-up exams, late papers, or other matters of concern
IX. Instructional Materials
Text: VARIES BY INSTRUCTOR
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
A. Quizzes/Exams……60 points
B. Journal/Logic exercises……20 points
C. Final Project……20 points
D. Grading scale: 90-100, A……80-89, B……70-79, C……60-69, D
XI. Other Course Information
Office and office hours:
Email and website
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.