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                              OXFORD TUTORIALS  
                                              LOGIC ATRIUM 
Course Schedule       Logical Fallacies
                                                 Glossary of Terms    
Required Textbooks

 Answers for Atheists: Questioning Their Assumptions
            Dawkins Debunked: A Logical Critique
                                     Responding to Biased Professors: Asking the Right Questions
                                          Using Logic at College: Faith on Campus: Is it possible? 
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First Semester
Session      Lesson(s)/Topic(s)                                                      Exercise(s)/Pages in Text
      1.          1-2/Definitions; Genus & Species                                     1-2              pp.  ix-11
      2.          3-4/Extension & Intension; Methods of Defining                 3-4             pp. 13-22
      3.          5-6/Rules for Defining by Genus; Statements                    5-6             pp. 23-39
      4.           7-9/Self-supporting & Supported Statements;
                        Relationships between Statements                             7-9             pp. 41-54
      5.           10-12/Consistency & Disagreement; One Basic
                        Verb; Standard Categorical Statements                     10-12           pp. 55-68
      6.           13-14/The Square of Opposition; Contradiction                 13-14         pp. 69-77
      7.           15-18/Contrariety; Subcontrariety; Implication                  15-17         pp. 79-96
      8.           19-20/Arguments; The Syllogism                                    18-19         pp. 109-119
      9.           21-22/Moods & Figures of Syllogisms                             20-21         pp. 121-128
    10.          23-25/Truth & Validity; Testing Syllogisms by
                        Counterexample; Distributed Terms                           22-23          pp. 129-141
    11.          26/Testing Syllogisms by Rules                                      24-25         pp. 143-152    
    12.          27-28/Immediate Inferences; Translating Ordinary
                        Statements                                                             26-28           pp. 159-172
    13.          29-30/Translating Inclusive & Exclusive Statements;
                         Enthymemes                                                          29-32         pp. 173-188
    14.          31-32/Hypothetical Syllogisms; Estab. Conclusions        33-35         pp. 189-207
    15.          33-36/Fallacies of Distraction, Ambiguity & Form            36-38         pp. 217-236
    16.          SEMESTER EXAM      

Second Semester
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Session       Lesson(s)/Topic(s)                                                      Exercise(s)/Pages in Text
 1.              1-2/Intro. to Propositional Logic; Logical Operators:
                          Negation; Conjunction; Disjunction                           1-2            pp.   1-11
  2.               3-5/Truth Tables; The Conditional & Biconditional              3-5            pp. 13-29
  3.               6-7/Logical Equivalence & Contradiction; Truth Tables
                          for Determining Validity                                            6-7           pp.   31-43
  4.              8-9/Shorter Truth Tables; Using Assumed Truth Values      8-9          pp.   45-57
  5.            10-11/Shorter Truth Tables (cont'd)                                   10-11         pp.   59-65
 6.            12/The Dilemma                                                                  12        pp.   67-73
  7.            13-14/Rules of Inference & Recog. Rules of Inference        13-14         pp.   87-102
  8.            15/Developing Formal Proofs                                            15a-15b     pp.   103-109
  9.            16/The Rules of Replacement                                               16         pp.   111-117
10.           17/Practice with Proofs                                                    17a-17b     pp.   119-228
11.           18/The Conditional Proof                                                       18        pp.   129-134
12.           19/Reductio ad Absurdum                                                     19        pp.   135-139
13.           20-21/Proving Rules Unnecessary/Completeness                20-21        pp.   141-151 
 14.           22-23/Truth Trees; Decomposition Rules                            22-23       pp.    161-176
15.           24-27/Truth Trees (cont'd)                                                   24-27       pp.   177-198
 16.           Final Day of Class & FINAL EXAM                       

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                    REQUIRED LOGIC TEXTS

First semester:   * Introductory Logic, 4th ed. (2006) by Douglas J. Wilson and James B. Nance:
Textbook (Item # 150);
Exercise Key) (Item # 151)

Second semester: *
Intermediate Logic
, 2nd ed. (2006) by James B. Nance:

Textbook (Item # 152)
    Exercise Key (Item # 153)

All four of these books are published by Canon Press, Moscow Idaho.  These texts must be
ordered directly from Canon Press, P.O. Box 8741, Moscow, ID 83843.  The books may be
ordered onllne at: Canon Press
also has a toll-free number: 1 800 488-2034. 

Course Requirements

Weekly Reading Quizzes

Students are responsible to keep track of the reading and homework schedule which is posted in each tutorial’s atrium, and to be prepared for a short quiz which will cover that week’s assignment. The quiz will usually consist of about ten Multiple Choice questions which the tutor will post on the Chat Screen, one at a time. The quiz will be given in a "game show" format, with the instructor keeping track of the students who are first to type in the correct answers.   Students are requested to select the best answer (A, B, C, D) and to send it back to the tutor, via Private Chat. The tutor keeps track of the results, and will usually announce each week’s top three winners ("Gold, Silver, Bronze"). The quiz results will not be included in the student’s final grade. However, the quiz is important the two reasons: 1) to alert the tutor to each student’s comprehension and progress; and 2) to keep students motivated and accountable for their weekly reading assignments. In addition, the competitive "game format" adds a dimension of excitement and camaraderie.

Weekly SAT and AP Quizzes

In addition to the weekly reading quizzes students should also be prepared for a weekly quiz over each week’s SAT vocabulary and AP literary terms. All literature students (C. S. Lewis, GBT 1, GBT 2, GBT 3, J. R. R. Tolkien), as well as the Logic and Rhetoric students, are expected to keep track of the assigned SAT vocabulary and AP literacy (terms and authors). Students should have received copies of these lists via email from the tutor. The SAT vocabulary and AP literary terms are also posted on the website in the AP/SAT Atrium: As with the weekly reading quizzes, the results will not be including in the grades. However, these quizzes are important for two reasons: 1) to assist students in expanding their vocabularies for their own enrichment and understanding; 2) to prepare students for the SAT exam (typically the single most important factor in college admissions).

Semester and Final Exams

Students should also be prepared for a Semester Exam at the end of the first semester, and a Final Exam during the final week of class. It is up to the tutor whether to make this exam a "Take-Home" or "In-Class" format. The "Take-Home" exam will be sent to students the week before. They will be allowed to pick their own time to do the exam, before the final class. The "In-Class" format will require students to complete the exam during the final class session. These exams may include any of the material covered in class and in the homework assignments.  Students may also be tested on the AP literary terms (definitions).