You will also be expected to identify any of the positive strategies discussed in the course that you can find in it, with brief explanations for each.
Finally, you should indicate whether or not the argument is sound in your opinion, or, if it is not possible to decide (for example because you cannot judge the truth of a key premise) you should indicate what further information would be required for you to decide.
As long as you keep this slight difference of notation in mind, the CTW website is very useful.) – Symbolic representation: There is an excellent online generator of random truth-table problems on the California State University website.
You can do the exercises online and the program tells you whether your answers are right or wrong.
Topics covered may include: inductive and deductive reasoning, common fallacies, the use of rhetoric.
The second component of this course introduces students to elementary propositional logic.We will have a go at a version of this activity in tutorials the week before it is due.Assessment Item 3: Argument mapping quiz Weighting: 10% Duration: 30 minutes Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5 This assessment item will be composed of multiple-choice, mapping and short answer questions aimed at helping students to clarify arguments by identifying conclusions, premises, objections, and suppressed premises and objections.There will also be opportunities to discuss the assigned readings, and to share your own observations and discoveries with other students.To receive of the possible marks, students must attend a minimum of 10 tutorials (out of 12).Elementary Logic (second half of course) Assessment Item 6: Exam 1 Weighting: 20% Duration: 55 minutes Learning Outcome: 6 Assessment Item 7: Exam 2 Weighting: 20% Duration: 55 minutes Learning Outcome: 6 Readings and resources for the first part of the course (on critical thinking) will be posted to the Wattle site. If you want to do well in formal logic, then you must practise doing it.The readings for the first part of the course are optional, but will often be quite helpful. Extracts from chapter 3, “Informal Fallacies”, in Task: Bring to the tute an example of one of the fallacies discussed in the previous week’s lectures. Extracts from chapter 3, “Informal Fallacies”, in Task: When our emotions and our critical reflection come into conflict, should we ever act on our emotion? CTW uses brackets in a slightly different way than we do.Critical Thinking (first half of course): Assessment item 2: “I believe….” Task Weighting: 10% Word Count: 500 words Learning Outcomes: 1, 5, 7 For this task you choose one of the belief statements listed below and identify (1) underlying assumptions and (2) unforeseen consequences of holding that belief.Note that for this exercise you are not to provide an argument for or against the belief, but simply to analyze what holding this belief involves or commits you to.Learning Outcomes On satisfying the requirements of this course students will have the knowledge and skills to: Assessment Item Details Assessment Item 1: Tutorial attendance and participation Weighting: 10% Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5b, 6 During tutorials you will work through practice exercises, discuss ideas from the course with your peers, and have the opportunity to ask your tutor questions about the material covered in lectures and readings.You will find that attending tutorials is a great way to improve your assessment outcomes, because it gives you a chance to practice the sorts of activities you need to do for the assessment, and to receive feedback on your efforts.