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Philosophy 111  Elementary Logic


Syllabus, Spring 2008



Credit:                  3 Hours

Class Meeting:      Tuesday-Thursday 8:00-9:20


Instructor:             Professor Ted Stryk

Contact                 Phone:  865-804-3455

865-354-3000 (leave a message with the Humanities division)

                             E-mail : (e-mail is the fastest

                             way to get in touch with me)

Required Text:      Moore, Brooke Noel and Richard Parker.  Critical Thinking, 8th ed. New York:  McGraw Hill, 2007.



Description:  Study of the principles of reasoning, deductive and inductive fundamentals, and the use of logic as a practical tool for critical thinking.




Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:


1.     Have a basic understanding of critical thinking and be able to apply it to real, specific situations.


2.     Be able to identify logical arguments, as well as those that are not logical, and to understand the difference.


3.     To understand common rhetorical techniques for persuasion, including those containing logical fallacies.


4.     To understand inductive and deductive logic, and to be able to identify arguments of both types.







As a humanities course, the course fits within the Tennessee Board of Regents humanities learning outcomes.





TBR General Education Learning Outcomes:


Students will demonstrate the ability to:

1.  Analyze significant primary texts and works of art, ancient, pre-modern, and modern, as forms of cultural and creative expression.

2.  Explain the ways in which humanistic and/or artistic expression throughout the ages expresses the culture and values of its time and place.

3.  Explore global/cultural diversity.

4.  Frame a comparative context through which they can critically assess the ideas, forces, and values that have created the modern world.

5.  Recognize the ways in which both change and continuity have affected human history.

6.  Practice the critical and analytical methodologies of the Humanities and/or Fine Arts.








Grading:  The student’s course grade will be based on the following:


20 %  Discussions

40 %  Tests and quizes

20 %  Major Paper

20 %  Class Participation – this includes coming to class, coming prepared, having read assigned readings and bringing your book, and contributing to class discussions.


Grades will generally be assigned as follows







Tests:  Students are to be present for all in class teststests.  If you miss a test without a valid reason (arranged beforehand unless it is something such as an illness that cannot be foreseen), you will be required to take a makeup test, which will be graded much more severely than the original test.  I rarely accept excuses for missing test dates.  Students are expected to adhere to the code of conduct regarding academic honesty as described in the Student Handbook.  Students absolutely must be in attendance for the final exam. However, this exam will be weighted as an ordinary test.  Some testing will be done using Momentum

Class Attendance:  Regular attendance is expected and students are expected to be on time to class.  After two absences, your participation grade will be cut five points for each additional absence.


Major Paper: Students will be required to write a four to five page term paper (Times New Roman 12-point double-spaced).  I will distribute specific instructions once we have covered some basics (at this point, the instructions may be confusing).


Daily Work:  During class, I will assign some questions to be answered for the next class period.  Your responses will be posted to discussions in momentum.


Snow Policy:  Should the college close for snow or any other unscheduled reason, students are expected to come to class the following week having done both the readings for both that date and the date missed.  If your campus closes but the main campus does not close, you are responsible for finding out what you missed and making it up.





 Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns.  Do not wait until the end of the semester when you feel you are failing to come and tell me you “have to have an A.”


An individual password should have come with your Keys text, allowing you to access online tutoring through  See handout for more info.


The RSCC On-line Writing Lab is available, which you may find useful.  The URL of the OWL is:



Let your libraries help you with research assignments.  Take advantage of their extensive book collections for study and leisure reading.  Keep your learning current with journals, magazines, and newspapers.  Use library databases to delve deeper into any topic covered in class.  Libraries are located on the Roane, Oak Ridge, Cumberland, and Scott County campuses.  For more information, call the main library at 882-4533, e-mail at or visit online at





According to Keys for Writers, used in Roane State’s composition classes, you should “[a]void plagiarism by providing information in your text every time you refer to facts you have used or to someone else’s words or ideas

Be sure to do your own work in this class and to discuss with me any questions concerning plagiarism.  A plagiarized paper will receive a zero and can cause a failing grade for the course.  I’ll have you sign the divisional form on plagiarism to be sure you understand these policies.







It is illegal for me to ask you if you have a disability, but if you have any special needs in the class of which I should be aware, please inform me privately and I will do all I can to accommodate you (ex. learning disabilities, medical conditions, or physical needs).  Note that a learning disability will need to be documented through disability services.  Occasionally, students will wait until they have failing grades to tell me of a special need.  Please don’t be embarrassed to let me help you.





So that class can be enjoyable for all of us, it’s important that we respect others in the class.  This means turning cell phones off or putting them on vibrate, avoiding talking to others when the teacher is talking or a classmate is talking to the class, not working on other subjects during class time, not shuffling books/papers into book bags before class is dismissed, etc.  Also, it’s important to avoid making discriminatory remarks against others in regards to race, sex, religion, etc.  In literature, we discuss ideas, and we need all to feel comfortable in class. 


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