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Course Credit by Examination
PHIL 1200—Principles of Reasoning

Three Semester Hours

JB 10/12


University Requisite: Math Placement Level 1 or higher or (MATH D004 or MATH D005)

Course Description

Basic concepts of logic and techniques for judging validity of arguments introduced. System for symbolizing arguments and deriving conclusions from premises employed. Some of following topics also covered: informal fallacies in reasoning, syllogistic or Aristotelian logic; Venn diagrams, truth tables. Most sections are traditional lecture/test format, some taught in computer-assisted format, others use self-paced approach. 

Textbook and Supplies

Hurley, Patrick. A Concise Introduction to Logic. Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2012. [ISBN: 9781285196541] 12th edition

Reading Assignments

Lesson Topic Assignment in Hurley (Chapter and Section)
1 Recognizing Arguments 1.1 and 1.2
2 Deduction, Induction, Validity, Soundness 1.3-1.6
3 Informal Fallacies 3.1-3.5
4 Categorical Propositions 4.1 and 4.2
5 Categorical Syllogisms 5.1
6 Reducing Number of Terms; Standard Form 5.4 and 5.5 (4.4 and 4.6 are recommended)
7 Venn Diagrams and Rules 4.3, 5.2, and 5.3
8 Symbolization for Propositional Logical 6.1 and 6.2
9 Truth Tables 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5
10 Rules of Implication for Propositional Logic 7.1 and 7.2
11 Rules of Replacement 7.4 and 7.4
12 Conditional Proof 7.5
13 Indirect Proof 7.6 and 7.7

Nature of the Examination

The examination covers all of the material assigned above, including basic concepts and logical techniques. You will have two hours to complete the examination. All materials will be provided; you are not permitted to use textbooks, notes, or supplementary aids.


The examination is worth 100 pts., distributed over 36 questions according to the significance of the material.