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Undergraduate Course: Logic 1 (PHIL08004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an introduction to what is known as formal or symbolic logic, requiring no prior knowledge of philosophy or mathematics.
Course description This course is an introduction to what is known as formal or symbolic logic, requiring no prior knowledge of philosophy or mathematics. It does not aim to communicate results about logical systems but instead it aims to impart a skill the ability to recognise and construct correct deductions and refutations. We will proceed via a graduated but unified development of logic from the basics of the sentential logic up to (monadic) predicate logic. Along the way we will take short diversions into the historical issues that led to various logical developments (e.g. the insights of Aristotle, the Stoics, Leibniz, Frege, Jaskowski, and Tarski).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Priority will be given to Year 1 students, in particular those who need to take this course as a requirement of their degree programme.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% Assignments
80% Take-Home Test
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Translate English sentences (and arguments) into the logical system.
  2. Construct derivations of valid arguments in predicate logic.
  3. Demonstrate the invalidity of an argument by constructing a countermodel.
  4. Understand the basic concepts of propositional and predicate logic.
  5. Assess any philosophical argument in terms of the logical systems learned for validity or invalidity.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills In this course, students will learn various methods for evaluating arguments. They will practice applying these methods to weekly assignments (proofs, symbolizations, models), a practice (unassessed) midterm, and a final exam. By the end of term, students will be able to skillfully analyze arguments in a more methodical/scientific way. This will enable them to communicate in writing more effectively and to read complicated texts more efficiently. The core concepts and theories of this course will play a big role in future philosophy courses. Every area of philosophy relies on logic.

Core skills gained on this course:
Critical analysis, deconstructing complex theories, reading technical texts, problem solving, decision making (which definition to use), using data systems, written and oral communication, resilience/perseverance.
Additional Class Delivery Information Lecturers:
Mahrad Almotahari

Weekly tutorials from week 2 to 11. Optional drop-in sessions will be held on Fridays from week 2 until the exam diet. These are not compulsory.
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Course organiserDr Mahrad Almotahari
Tel: (0131 6)67 7290
Course secretaryMs Joan MacKenzie
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