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INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC

(COURSE SYLLABUS)
Class:
Section: 01

Class hours: 3
Credit hours: 3

Time: T. TH.
Class room:

Mashhad Al-Allaf
B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Philosophy: Concentration on Modern Philosophy: Science and
Metaphysics.
E-Mail: mashhad9@Yahoo.com
Office hours: Before or after class and by appointment.
Text Book:

A Concise Introduction to Logic, by Hurley, Eighth edition, Wadsworth, 2002.

Course Description:
Logic is implied in every field of knowledge, the (logy) refers to logic, whether in Religion as in Theology,
or in Matter as in Geology, or in Method as in Methodology.
This course is designed to present the student with a solid introduction to logical thinking and critical
analysis. Since arguments are basic units of thinking, thus emphasis will be placed on them. However,
logics main concern is not only the type and structure of these arguments, but also the validity of our
reasoning through these arguments. By knowing the validity and soundness we will be able to identify,
analyze, and evaluate arguments in scientific language and everyday language. The non-valid arguments
usually called Fallacies, studying these fallacies will enhance and demonstrate our ability of critical
thinking. By discussing these subjects we will be covering the formal logic.
Since our modern life dominated by the achievement and application of science, therefore we will cover the
inductive logic too.
Studying the Methodology of science is basically studying the logic of science or applied logic.
Course Requirements:
1-Class attendance and participation is mandatory: Students should arrive at class having carefully studied
the assigned text and prepared to discuss it.
2- Complete all reading assignments and homework.
3- Take two exams on course material.
4- Weekly quizzes.
5- every day absence minus two points (-2).
6- every missing homework minus two points (-2), No late assignment.

Grading Scale:
Exam # 1:
Exam # 2:

40%
40%

Quizzes, participation, attendance 20%

91-100 = A
87-90 =B+
80-86 =B
70-79 =C
60-69 =D
59 and below=F

Make-up Exams and Late Papers:


Make-up exams will only be given in cases of a documented illness or personal crisis. If you are too ill to
take the exam, then you will need to present verifiable documentation from a licensed healthcare
professional. The same rule applies to late papers and assignments.

INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
Mashhad Al-Allaf
(COURSE SYLLABUS)
DATE
August 27 T
29 TH
September, 3T
5 TH
10 T
12 TH
17 T
19 TH
24 T
26 TH
October, 1 T
3 TH
8T
10 TH
15 T
17 TH
22 T
24 TH
29 T
31 TH
November, 5 T
7 TH
12 T
14 TH
19 T
21 TH
26 T
28 TH
December, 3 T
5 TH
10 T
12 TH

READING/ACTIVITY
Class introduction and Policies.
Arguments, Premises, and Conclusions.
Deduction and Validity
Induction and Cogency
Language and Meaning
Definitions
Definitions: Techniques and criteria
Informal Fallacies
Fallacies of Weak Induction
Fallacies of Presumption and Ambiguity
Movie, Discussion, and Review
First Exam.
Categorical Propositions
Modern Square of Opposition
Conversion, Obversion, and Contraposition
Traditional Square of Opposition
Solving Problems and Discussion
Translating Ordinary Language into Categorical
Categorical Syllogism and
Rules
Second Exam.
Propositinal Logic, and Truth Functions
Truth Function
Natural Deduction
Natural Deduction
Discussion
Thanksgiving, Holiday, No Class.
Rules of Implications I
Rules of Implications II
Solving Problems
Discussion and Review.
Final Exam.

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