Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Utilizes the constructs and techniques of symbolic logic to illustrate the basis for assessing validity in arguments. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 33874

From the Instructor:

If you want to boost your critical thinking skills to the next level, this online hike is a good path forward for you.

In this introduction to modern symbolic logic, you will learn how to construct valid and sound arguments and to rigorously evaluate them. You will learn three symbolic logical languages, each designed to represent the logical properties of three types of argument.

With moderate fluency in these new languages, you will gain advantage for a career in academics, business, computer or information science, engineering, journalism, law, mathematics, medicine, physics (or another field that requires strong critical thinking skills). The primary methods of this course are focused study, philosophical reflection, diligent practice with logic exercises, and rational discourse.

General topics include: Logic and Argument. Deduction and Induction. Statements, Propositions, and Context. Use and Mention. Categorical Logic. Statement Logic. Truth-Functionally Simple and Compound Statements. Symbolizing Simple and Compound Statements. Symbolizing More Complex Statements and Arguments. Predicate Logic.

Course Specific Requirements:

Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores are acceptable. NOTE: MTH 65 or MTH 95 is highly recommended.

Participating in this course means an earnest commitment to diligent study, personal reflection, active listening, and a willingness to patiently study and perform logic exercises. To successfully participate in this course, you will use:

  • Required Bundle: A Concise Introduction to Logic (CIL): An Emphasis on Modern Formal Logic, 12th edition + MindTap, Patrick J. Hurley, Cengage Learning. | Cengage Microsite bundle price: about $90 | PCC Bookstore bundle price (new only): about $166 Order from PCC Bookstore.
  • Personal computer with Internet access (the PCC Library Computer Lab is another option)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (Download a free copy)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Download a free copy)
  • MindTap (This resource is bundled with the text. You will register for this online tool during the first week of class.)
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Students with Disabilities:
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CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
33874 WEB » - 20-Jun-2016 thru 27-Aug-2016
Instructor: Joseph K Corrado
Notes: 10 week course - June 20 - August 27.
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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