PHI 115 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, and Business transfer programs.  A.A.S students may also benefit form this course.


Course Number and Title:           PHI 115, Practical Reasoning


Credit Hours:           3          Hours/Wk Lecture:             Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Studies informal logic and language techniques as they relate to reasoning and argument. Provides practice in analyzing arguments and constructing sound arguments. Lecture 3 hours per week. 


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 

This course is a transfer course in informal logic which may also be taken by applied science students.


III.           Required background: 

MTE 3, ENF 3


IV.          Course Content:

A.               Argument: Deductive and Inductive

B.               Soundness and validity

C.               Logical structure and form: syllogistic and propositional

D.               Basic formal fallacies

E.               Linguistic/Semantic Fallacies

F.                Fallacies of Evidence

G.               Fallacies of Relevance


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to define key concepts of logical analysis

B.   Be able to define and identify examples of essential linguistic concepts relevant to argument analysis including meaning, ambiguity, and vagueness

C.   Be able to perform basic logical analysis of argument structures

D.   Define, identify and explain linguistic fallacies and fallacies of relevance and evidence

Some combination of quizzes, tests, and written assignments.  Students must produce at least one sustained writing assignment which applies to the conceptual tools presented in this course.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding