Judgment about the progress of your work is based on the quality and depth of critical and constructive thinking exhibited on tests, quizzes, homework, and message board. Your course grade is determined by averaging the points you achieve from the following scores:
Each item above counts 20% of your course grade; your final course grade is assigned according to the final average of these five scores. There is no comprehensive final examination in this class.
Judgment about the progress of your work is based on the four test scores and quiz average. The course is essentially performance based and consists of a progressive series of concepts to be learned and mastered. For this reason, few students can do well in this course by ``cramming'' before exams. Normally, the course is not difficult if you attend class, keep up with the homework daily, and do not attempt to learn a large amount of information at one time.
A good place to see how to study in our course is the ``Notes on How to Study'' on the Web at
All grades during the semester will be posted on the Philosophy Server. Mid-term grades will be posted on Lander's Blackboard. The mid-term grade is used to indicate approximate progress at the point in time that the grade is issued, and the mid-term grade is not a factor in computation of the final grade.
Test Review Worksheets are provided below in Section E Test Review Sheets and form an excellent basis for studying for tests.
Most quizzes are short objective questions written in class on a specific logical concept or specific types of logical problems. The quiz topic is often announced in advance of the quiz, and the topic has been thoroughly explored in a previous class. Some quizzes will be unannounced, and some quizzes will be homework assignments. Important: No credit is given for quizzes if a student leaves class before the end of the period.
Online quizzes are provided as study aids and may be used for self-testing. They are entirely optional and form no part of your grade in this course. Practicing with the online quizzes is especially important to test your understanding of the important concepts before you take a test. See
for online example quizzes.
Your final course grade is assigned according to your final average as described above in the subsection ``Evaluation.'' The number of hours advised to study given below is usually an accurate guide to how well you will do in this class. If you study only for tests, your doing well in the course is doubtful. Many students assume they can do well in logic without doing homework and without studying outside of class because they have been able to do so in other high school or college classes. Since these students have become habituated to passing courses without much study, they are often alarmed to discover our logic course is substantially different from what they have expected.
You may access your grades online at any time on the Philosophy Server (not Lander's Blackboard except for mid-semester grades) with a username and password (not your Blackboard username and password) as described here.
Username: Your username for the course is the first letter of your first name followed by your complete last name in lowercase letters and without spaces. For example ``Lauren Bouchett Satterfield'' would have the login username of ``lsatterfield'' with no limitation of number of letters (as in some email programs).
Password: Your password is your Lander L-number (without hyphen). Type a capital L followed by eight digits: e.g., Lxxxxxxxx.
Where to Log In: From the Philosophy Homepage
click on the yellow ``Current Grades Online'' link under the gray heading entitled ``Class Grades'' as in Figure 1.
As a Lander student, you will need an email account, and you are encouraged to use your Lander email account assigned to you at registration. Emails to the class from your instructor go to your Lander email address by default from the class roster. Information about your Lander email account is available at
Your email account information is listed under the ``My Profile'' section in Bearcat Web. Your default password should be your birth date in as yyyymmdd, (i.e., June 10, 1987 = 19870610).
The Office of Computing Services has set up a server whereby you can check your email on the following Web page:
Instructions for configuring your mail client such as Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express are described at
If you are on campus and you need further help with Lander email, you may obtain help from Lander's ITS (Lander's Information Technology Services) or from the Computer Labs in Jackson Library or Laura Lander Hall.
When you use email, please observe the following guidelines:
and is well worth study-especially for graduating seniors first entering the marketplace.
The Blackboard Discussion Board is not used in this class. Instead, we will be using the Philosophy Forum on the Philosophy Server at
for which you will need to register as described below.
The Philosophy Forum is for the posting of logic questions of any kind. Homeschoolers and students from universities in other countries post questions here as well.
The Philosophy Forum is an important part of obtaining help in real time from your classmates and from your instructor. You are encouraged to post questions, problems, or answers on any topic relating to the course policies, procedures, or homework of our philosophy class. Your post is placed directly on the Philosophy Web and can be immediately accessed anywhere in the world. The Philosophy Forum is a good place to obtain a pre-evaluation of your reading questions, to seek answers to assigned problems, or to ask for help.
In sum, the purpose of the Philosophy Forum is to discuss the daily class activities of our philosophy course: reading posts, comments, homework questions, homework answers, housekeeping matters, class procedures, assignments, test dates, and class policies.
Signing up for the Philosophy Forum is a completely separate procedure from Lander's Blackboard and is explained here.
Lost Password: If you lose or forget your password to the Philosophy Forum, click on the Login link on the upper-right of the Forum homepage. At the bottom of the Login page in a box labeled ``Request Password.'' Fill in your username in the username bar, and click the ``Request'' button. Your password will be sent to you via email.
Forgotten Username: If you have forgotten your username to the Philosophy Forum, click on the Login link on the upper-right of the Homepage. At the bottom of the Login page in a box labeled ``Request Password,'' fill in your account's email address in the username bar, and click the ``Request'' button. Your username will be sent to you via your account's email.
Forgotten Email Address: If you have forgotten your email address and you have posted to the Philosophy Forum at least once in the past, then find your message on the Philosophy Forum and click on your username. Your ``Profile Page' will load, and your email address will be displayed, if you chose not to hide it when you first registered for the Philosophy Forum.
When you login to the Philosophy Forum for the first time, you can enter your full name on your Profile page. To accomplish this, log in to the Philosophy Forum and click on the ``Option'' link at the top of the page.
When the Profile page loads, you can change your password to a more easily remembered password if you wish to do so. Choose a simple easily remembered password, and record the password in your philosophy notebook or in the space provided below:
Also, on this Profile page, be sure to enter your real name so that your posts can be credited. Unless your real name is recorded here on the Profile Page, credit cannot be assigned to your posts since the recording program does not have your name to collate with your posts. If you wish to hide your email address when you post, check the appropriate box on this page. I recommend but do not require that you do not hide your email address so that your instructor and other students can email you privately. If you do hide your email address, be sure to check your official Lander email account for class-related communications even if you do not normally use that email account. When finished entering the information you want, scroll way down to the bottom of the page and click on the ``Change'' button so your information will be saved.
After you post to the Philosophy Forum, if you click on your blue hyperlinked username or you click on ``Options'' at the top of the page in the Philosophy Forum program, you can find out how many times you have posted as well as find out about your other personal data. To do so, click ``Info'' on the line just below your username on the Profile page. Next, click on the ``Posts'' link for a list of all your messages.
(again, note there is no ``www'' in this URL,) click on the ``Philosophy Forum'' link toward the middle of the left-hand column.
When the next page loads, click on the ``Add Topic'' link. See Figures 7 and 8.
Other than some occasionally offered problems on tests, the only other opportunities for extra credit are stated in the Appendix Section D below in this syllabus. Subjects and problems for this course have been chosen on the basis that they are the best and most important introduction to the beginning study of logic. ``Extra Credit'' problems are in addition to class requirements--not a substitute for, or a make-up of, missed class assignments and are not an adequate substitute for learning basic ideas of the course. Offering extra credit to individual students conflicts with the legal and ethical requirements of equal opportunity since all persons have the right to the same class policies.
Our course is not difficult if you keep up with the assigned work. If you seek help from me during office hours, the first items I will check are a copy of your study schedule, your class notes, tutorial notes, and worked homework problems--so that I can know where to begin to help. If a student were to claim he or she did not understand the subject well enough to set up a study schedule, ask any questions, take any notes, or attempt any homework, I am usually at a loss as the best way to help. A good place to see how to study in our course is the ``Notes on How to Study'' on the Web at
Free peer tutoring for logic might be available in the Lander Peer Tutoring Lab. For more information on peer tutoring, visit the Center at LC 345 or telephone +1 864 388 8814.
If you have now or develop during this semester a physical or a learning disability and you want your instructors to make reasonable accommodations, you must contact the Student Wellness Center nurse and provide the nurse with appropriate documentation. Once the nurse is aware of your disability, the nurse will inform all of your instructors each semester you attend Lander University unless you ask the nurse in writing not to do so.
Phone: +1 864 388 8885
The Academic Success Center offers testing accommodations for students with disability who need extra time as well as a quiet room for testing during the year. Notify a staff member at +1 864 388 8308 and your instructor prior to the test date. The Success Center is located in LC 340. Also, free peer tutoring for logic should be available in the Peer Tutoring Lab. For more information, see
If I do my job correctly, our logic course will be one of the most valuable in your university career.
The following policies stated here help protect fairness of the course evaluation for the class as a whole. Many of these policies are generally assumed in many classes at Lander University.
Important! An excused absence is granted for emergency situations only, and an email must be sent to your instructor prior to the test period.A written excuse must be provided before the last class period of the semester so that a make-up test can be made available during the final examination period. For example, if you had to miss the first test on ``The Structure of Arguments'' because of a medical emergency, your grade on that test would be established by your grade achieved on that test given at the final examination period dealing with ``Test 1: The Structure of Arguments.''
Anyone missing class is responsible for obtaining the class notes and assignments from a classmate or from the Web resources. Additionally book notes, quizzes, sample tests, and class lectures are online at http://philosophy.lander.edu/logic/. Finally, be sure to contact your instructor as soon as academic difficulties first arise.
Also, these Websites will provide information in case of cancellations, delay of classes, or the closing of the university:
Lander University: http://www.lander.edu
State Office of Human Resources: http://ohr.sc.gov/OHR/OHR-index.phtm
Lee Archie 2011-01-05