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Course Requirements


Judgment about the progress of your work is based on the quality and depth of critical and constructive thinking exhibited in quizzes, homework, tests, discussion list, and an occasional paper. Your course grade is determined by averaging the points you achieve from the following scores:

  1. Test 1: The Structure of Arguments
  2. Test 2: Language and Informal Fallacies
  3. Test 3: Categorical Propositions
  4. Test 4: Syllogisms
  5. Test 5: Quizzes: best 10 of 12 grades  with participation in the logichelp Majordomo Discussion List (10% of each Quiz grade) and/or Commentary or Informal Fallacy Project as described below.
  6. Optional Comprehensive Final Examination covering the material from Tests 1-4 to be counted as described below.

Your final course grade is assigned according to your final average. The Comprehensive Final Exam is an opportunity to improve any or all test grades..  If you choose to take any or all sections of the Comprehensive Final, that part or those parts will be averaged with the corresponding regular test grade taken during the regular semester.  If you have an excused absence for any test during the regular semester, the corresponding  part of the final exam is the only make-up offered during the regular semester.


Judgments about the progress of your work is based in large measure up on tests. The course is essentially performance-based and consists of a progressive series of concepts to be learned and mastered. In general, the course is not difficult if you keep up with the homework daily and do not attempt to learn a large amount of information at one time.  Doing homework is the most important factor in doing well in logic. 


Tests are usually a combination of objective, short answer and problem-oriented questions. They are based on the quizzes, lecture, reading, and homework assignments. If you understand how to do the homework problems, you will do well on the tests. Some particularly difficult optional questions are often included for extra credit.  Example Tests for this course are provided on the philosophy Web.

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Grade Evaluation

Your final course grade is assigned according to your final average.

wAn A (above 90 points) reflects approximately three hours study per class hour; a great deal of time, thought, and effort; and mastery of the subject.

w A B (above 80 but below 90 points) reflects approximately two hours study per class hour; above average time, thought, and effort; and superior achievement.

w A C (above 70 but below 80 points) reflects approximately one hour study per class hour, average time, thought, and effort; and average achievement.

w A D (above 60 but below 70 points) reflects cramming for examinations; minimum time, thought, and effort; below college level work; a less than adequate grasp of the principles of logic; and less that satisfactory achievement.

w An F (below 60 points) reflects very little time, thought, and effort; below college level work; and unsatisfactory achievement.

w  An FA reflects attending fewer than 75% of class meetings.

w  An INC can only be given in cases of sudden illness or emergency.

Your Job: Our course is not difficult if you keep up with the assigned work.

w  Come to class prepared.
  Take notes in class.
  Take notes on the important points of the assigned reading.
  Do all homework problems.
  Ask questions.
  Seek help at the first sign of difficulty.

A brief set of notes on how to study for this course is worth consulting if you have questions about how to study for college work.

My Job: We will find that logic is quite essential in all fields of endeavor.

w I will attempt to create the conditions under which you can exercise your native curiosity.
w Class lectures will be varied, and interesting examples will be used. I will seek to keep each class tightly organized and effective. You will find that logic is not only challenging but also exciting.
I will show practical applications for all the logical methods employed.
w If I do my job correctly, our logic course will be one of the most valuable in your university career.

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