Presumably, your first logic course was BYU’s Philosophy 205 or a comparable beginning course in formal logic. I don’t want to bore you with a laundry list, but here is what I assume you know and can do:
If you aren’t familiar with all of this, there is a good beginning logic book that can help you get prepared before you attempt this course: K. Codell Carter, A First Course in Logic (Pearson Longman, 2005). This book is not a substitute for having taken a logic course; however, it is an excellent review and reference. Note that it is virtually impossible to pass this course if you have not had a first course in logic that teaches the preceding list of concepts and techniques.
The text for this course is included in these course materials. If you have adequately prepared by taking a prerequisite course, this study guide and the readings (linked under the Reading Assignment in each lesson) are the only materials you will need. While we use the same material for on-campus sections of Philosophy 305, I’ve written the readings with you in mind. From the beginning, it has been developed for Independent Study students. Between the readings and this study guide, you should find enough information to enable you to succeed in this course.
Students sometimes ask if there is some source they can use to get help and more information. There really isn’t. There are lots of logic books, but each one follows its own approach, and trying to get help from another book is likely only to cause you grief. Your best use of time will be to study the readings and this study guide. If needed, you can contact me for further help. The best way to do so is through your submitted lessons. I take teaching this course very seriously, and I will do everything I can to help you.
You will be required to read about 150 pages of difficult material (in addition to this study guide). You will have to submit ten assignments; five are computer graded, and I’ll grade the other five personally. The assignments mostly involve logical and mathematical-like problems and, while they require little writing, most will require considerable thought. There will also be a final examination; the final is much like the required assignments.
Note: So that I can give feedback on your assignment, please leave space between problems or leave a generous margin on the right side of the page.
Each submitted assignment will be worth a maximum of 5 or 10 points. You can earn up to 100 points on assignments. The final is worth a maximum of 100 points, so altogether you can earn 200 points.
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5 Speedback Assignments 25%
5 Instructor-Graded Assignments 25%
Graded Final Exam 50%
Students must pass the final to pass the course.
Also keep this in mind: you must pass the final exam in order to pass this course. For our purposes, passing the exam is receiving 60 percent of the 100 points possible. So to be clear: even if you earn high grades on the assignments, failing the final will result in failing the course.
I’ve helped many students work through this material, so I know what I’m saying. Trust me. Your biggest problem may be uncertainty that what you are doing is right. Since you can’t get instant feedback, you will be unsure and may become discouraged. But if you apply yourself, you will almost certainly be on the right track. Don’t be afraid to send in your work even if you know it isn’t right. The very worst that can happen is that I will explain where you have gone wrong and ask you to resubmit the lesson—that isn’t so bad. There is a good chance we won’t ever meet, but I am your friend. I care about students; I care about you. I take very seriously my responsibility to help you succeed. We are working on this together. I won’t give up. Don’t quit. You can succeed in this course.
After you have completed this course, you should be able to do the following:
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Five computer-graded speedback assignments and five instructor-graded assignments may be resubmitted once for a fee.
One 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 closed-notes.You must pass the final exam with a 60% to pass this course.
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