Faculty of Arts


PHIL 101

Introduction to Logic


Description

Arguments are part of everyday life, and the ability to evaluate arguments is a very important skill to have. This course aims to provide an understanding of what distinguishes the point of an argument (conclusion) from the reasons (premises) used to support the point. The course aims to develop skills and techniques to evaluate the validity of the support premises provide for conclusions. Everyday arguments are translated into formal logical notation for evaluation. The course examines two main logical systems: propositional logic and predicate logic (with identity), and shows how these formal systems are used to analyse and evaluate everyday arguments. This course is a prerequisite for all Philosophy courses in logic at Stage II. It is also available for the Logic and Computation major/minor.

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Availability 2017

Summer School, repeated Semester 1 and 2

Lecturer(s)

TBA

Reading/Texts

Roderic A Girle, Introduction to Logic, 2nd ed. (Pearson Education, New Zealand)

Assessment

Coursework only. There is no final exam.

Assessment is by three compulsory tests. You must attend all tests to complete the course.

Test 1 – Friday 17 January 2014 – 9am – 45 minutes – 20%

Test 2 – Friday 31 January 2014 – 9am – 50 minutes – 30%

Test 3 – Friday 14 February 2014 – 8am – 90 minutes – 50%

Points

PHIL 101: 15.0 points


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