This course is introductory; it assumes nothing beyond an average aptitude for logic and a willingness to do the work. Logic is not difficult, although it will be new and probably unlike anything you have done before. In some respects logic resembles geometry, and it depends on similar ways of thinking. However, the course material does not require you to know or to use any specific mathematical results.
Text description video (1:02) In addition to this study guide, you have one required textbook:
Dr. Carter wrote the book for Independent Study students. We use the same book on campus, but his intention was to write it in such a way that any student, in class or in Independent Study, could figure out the material without extra help.
Although earlier versions of the text have been in use for several years, you should be using the red and blue bound edition published in 2000. All the explanations, exercises, and assignments in this course are keyed to the 2000 edition—the course will be hopelessly confusing if you try to use an earlier edition.
You will be asked to read about three hundred pages of material (in addition to this study guide). You must complete and submit ten assignments. Most of the assignments resemble mathematics exercises—they do not involve much writing, but some will require a good deal of thought.
Six assignments are submitted as multiple-choice Speedback Assignments. These assignments are computer graded, and I will not see them at all. I personally read and grade four assignments. When you complete and submit those four assignments, you can ask me any ques-tions you like (including questions about Speedback assignments). And, for your information, I almost never farm out Independent Study lessons to teaching assistants or graduate students. I will almost certainly read the four lessons that get hand graded.
You will submit your completed assignments to Independent Study electronically through BrainHoney. To make sure that I can open and read your assignments, please save them as Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) files. Here’s how to do it:
You submit ten assignments including six Speedback assignments and four instructor-graded assignments. The grade for each assignment will show up in your website record as a percentage. To calculate your final grade, I will average these ten grades (100% possible), add that to your grade on the final (100% possible), and divide the sum by two (again, 100% possible). That number will be converted into a letter grade based on the usual scale. Speedback assignments and instructor graded assignments are each worth 5% of your total grade.
|C+||79-77||E (fail)||59 or below|
Thus, all together, your assignments will account for 50% of your final grade and the final exam for the other 50%. I may raise your grade a bit if you are near a cutoff, because I admire students who have what it takes to figure all this out on their own.
Because the material is new and different, you may become discouraged or feel unsure of yourself. These feelings may be intensified by not having a class you can attend for help and encouragement. This reaction is natural; I understand how you feel. But as you work through the lessons, even if you doubt you are on the right track, continue working and sending in assignments. Students are almost always closer to being right than they think they are.
Suppose you go seriously wrong. Here is the very worst thing that can happen: I will identify your mistakes, explain how to correct them, and ask you to resubmit the lesson—that’s the very worst fate you can suffer. Any lesson that you don’t do well on can always be done over for a higher grade. Now that isn’t so terrible, is it? (Besides, it almost never happens.)
Over my career, I have taught approximately ten thousand logic students, and nearly a thousand have completed this Independent Study course. Anyone who is willing to do the work can succeed in this course; the important thing is to keep trying. Remember: even though we may never see each other, you and I are in this together—it’s a joint effort. We will not fail in this project unless you stop trying. Incidentally, I enjoy reading the short autobiographical sketches you are asked to send in and I refer to them when your lessons come in.
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Six computer-graded assignments and four instructor-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.
1 proctored, instructor-graded final exam; may retake once for a fee. All assignments must be submitted and graded before requesting the final exam. Students must pass the final exam to pass the course. Final exam is closed book and notes.
Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.
Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.
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