1. Course Number: PHS 121
    Course Title: Logic
    Term: Fall 2017

Instructor

Dr. Philippe Yates

pyates@holyapostles.com

  1. 1. Course Description

This undergraduate course introduces the basic structures of sound thinking, analytic reading, and the evaluation of arguments, achieving the latter through practice in Aristotelian logic and examination of the three acts of the mind in Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy.

  1. 2. Envisioned Learning Outcomes

  1. 3. Course Schedule

  1. Week 1: Overview

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1.      Assignments

  1. Week 2: Terms and Predicables

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 3: Material Fallacies I

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 4: Material Fallacies II

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 5: Definitions and Propositions

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 6: Propositions and Distribution

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 7: Changing Propositions

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 8: Contradiction

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 9: Third Act of the Mind

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 10: Syllogisms

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 11: Evaluating Syllogisms I

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 12: Rules and Patterns for Testing Syllogisms

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 13: More Difficult Syllogisms

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 14: A Compound Syllogisms

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. Week 15: A Induction

  1. Lectures

  1. Readings

  1. Assignments

  1. 4a. COURSE REQUIREMENTS BA

  1. 5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Socratic Logic: A Logic Text Using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, and Aristotelian Principles, 3rd ed., Peter Kreeft (St. Augustine’s Press: 2008). ISBN: 1587318059.

  1. 6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Socratic Logic: A Logic Text Using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, and Aristotelian Principles, 3rd ed., Peter Kreeft (St. Augustine’s Press: 2008). ISBN: 1587318059.

  1. 7. EVALUATION

(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

  1. GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

  1. GRADING RUBRIC FOR QUIZZES AND EXAMS

  1. Quizzes and Exams

Each question in the quizzes and exams will be assigned a number of marks, if the question is simply either rightly answered or wrongly answered, then either all the marks will be allocated or none. Otherwise marks will be deducted for each error in the response.

  1. Media Exercises

The examples found by the students will be graded on whether the example typifies the type of fallacy requested (80%) and on the correctness of the explanation of he nature of the fallacy (20%)

  1. 8. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

  1. Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

  1. Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

  1. 9. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required to be in class 3 hours a week and prepare for class discussions 4.5 hours a week. Expect to devote at least 7 quality hours a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

  1. 10. INCOMPLETE POLICY

  1. An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.
  2. To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.
  3. Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.
  4. Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.
  5. A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.
  1. 11. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Dr. Philippe Yates studied philosophy at Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury, England and philosophy of law at St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. In addition to philosophy, he teaches Latin, canon law and church history. He lives in Allegany NY with his wife Cookie and dog Pica.

He may be contacted at: pyates@holyapostles.edu