The primary objective of Phil 1010 (which fulfills an Area B requirement in the Core) is to help you improve your critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is the skill of recognizing, composing and evaluating arguments. All college courses rely on arguments. Examples include: arguments about business plans, arguments about the qualities of a novel, arguments about the significance of historical events, and arguments about the nature and function of genetic material.
Doing well in this course should increase your chances of successfully completing the core curriculum, the courses required by your major, and other courses required to earn your degree. This course is not intended to be an introduction to philosophy and it does not focus on ideas discussed in most philosophy classes (e. g. , justice, knowledge, mind). For an introduction to philosophy, take Phil 2010, Introduction to Philosophy (which fulfills an Area C requirement in the core). Phil 1010 is not a prerequisite for Phil 2010.
Prerequisites: There are no other courses required for taking this course; however a significant portion of the course grade involves writing in English, so completion of English composition courses is recommended. REQUIRED MATERIALS: Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument, 2nd custom edition. Rainbolt & Dwyer, ISBN 9781133269458 There are used copies of this book available online and in the bookstore. Aplia for Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument PURCHASE ONLINE ONLY at Aplia. com. Other handouts will be sent electronically. IMPORTANT NOTE ON THE VARIOUS EDITIONS OF THE TEXT:
There are four different versions of the textbook, but of course you only need one of them. Two are GSU custom editions, and two are national editions. The GSU custom editions are exactly the same as the national editions except that they are printed in black and white and have chapter six removed, since we do not teach chapter six here at GSU. The GSU custom editions were made to save students money and are typically cheaper when purchased new, but the opposite may be the case with used copies, as there are many more used copies of the national edition available for purchase online.
As indicated above, I will use the 2nd custom edition, and I recommend that you get this version as well. You may purchase the 1st national edition, however, if you find a copy. Here’s where it gets weird. The 2nd custom edition corresponds to the 1st national edition. If you get either of these texts, you’ll be okay. The 2nd national edition is brand new and has changes in almost every chapter that make it substantially different from the text you need. Do NOT get the 2nd national edition, and do NOT get the 1st custom edition. Specifically, here are the points you need to keep in mind: 1.
Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument, 2nd custom edition. (RECOMMENDED, you should purchase this text) Cover picture: the roof of a Greek Temple http://www. amazon. com/Critical-Thinking-Argumet-Edition-University/dp/1133269451 2. Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument, 1st custom edition. (DO NOT PURCHASE) Cover picture: phrenology diagram (four cartoon heads appear on the cover) http://www. amazon. com/Philosophy-Critical-Thinking-Georgia-University/dp/0536864853 3. Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument, 2nd edition (National edition, DO NOT PURCHASE) Cover Picture: a bridge http://www. cengagebrain.
com/shop/isbn/9781285197197 4. Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument, 1st edition. (National edition, you may purchase, but NOT recommended) Cover Picture: a bisected nautilus on the cover (a nautilus is a spiral sea shell) http://www. cengagebrain. com/shop/isbn/9780495501572 The links presented above are not purchasing recommendations. I have only provided them so that you can see a picture of books in question. The bookstore is often more expensive than many popular websites. Hunt around for good deals. The authors of this textbook do not receive any money from the sale of the textbook or other course materials to GSU students.
GRADE COMPOSITION 1. Components By Weight: Supplemental Instruction Sessions (SIs)10%2 per month minimum, January excluded. Quizzes/Attendance10% Aplia Exercises10% Midterm10% S&E 1 10% S&E 2 10%Note that later assignments are weighted more to give S&E 320%students credit for improvement and to minimize any Final Exam20%penalty for not knowing the material earlier in the term. 2. Grading Scale Assignments in this class are scored on a scale from 1 to 100. Scores transfer to point scale and letter grades as follows: A+4. 398 – 100C+2. 3 77 – 79 A 4. 00 93 – 97C2. 00 73 – 76.
A-3. 7 90 – 92C-1. 7 70 – 72 B+3. 3 87 – 89D1. 0060 – 69 B3. 00 83 – 86F0. 000 – 59 B-2. 7 80 – 82 3. To pass the course, students must earn an overall average of 60, get least a 60 on either the midterm or the final, and complete the final, and the S&Es. 4. I reserve the right to withdraw any student who, prior to March 4, 2014, misses more than 2 exercises or misses more than 2 quizzes/classes. However, missing more than 2 exercises or 2 quizzes/classes does not guarantee that I will withdraw you. If you want to withdraw, you need to do that yourself via GoSOLAR. 5.
If you are not doing as well as you would like in this or any of your other courses, consider making an appointment with the Undergraduate Studies Office, Sparks 224. It offers one-on-one academic coaching, as well as workshops and tutorials on study skills. Important Tip: It is hard to get less than a C in this course if you take all the quizzes, come to all of the class sessions, do all the exercises, take both exams, and complete all three S&Es. It is easy to get an F if you miss more than 2 quizzes or class periods, miss more than 2 sets of exercises, miss an exam, or miss an S&E.
In other words, effort counts. S&Es: “S&E” stands for “Standardize and Evaluate an Argument. ” These will be discussed in detail in class. I reserve the right to use any student’s S&E for pedagogical purposes. Students’ names and any other identifying marks will be removed to ensure anonymity. Quizzes: Some class meetings will begin with a quiz. The quizzes will begin promptly and last precisely 5 minutes. They will be composed of two multiple-choice questions that cover the reading assigned for that day’s class. The questions will be easy if you have done the reading.
For merely taking the quiz and remaining in class for the full 50 minutes, you will get 50 of a possible 100 points. You will get 75 of 100 if you get one question right, and 100 of 100 if you get both questions right. This is an ideal opportunity to get an A on 10% of your course grade. Exercises & Aplia: Exercises are completed electronically via Aplia. You must purchase the software at Aplia. They are due once a week by or before 11:45 pm on Sunday Eastern Time (be careful not to choose Pacific time! ). Note that the computer will close at precisely that time so you need to be sure your exercises are submitted before that time.
See the handout on page 6 for accessing Exercises on Aplia. Your grade on each set of exercises is the percentage of the questions you get right. For example, if there are eight questions in an exercise set, and you get six of them right, your grade on that set is a 75. However, your actual Aplia grade will be based on your good faith effort. If you attempt to do all of the questions on the exercises every week, and you average between 60—93%, your total Aplia grade will be set at 93. Scores over 93% will be recorded as they are. This is an ideal opportunity to get an A on 10% of your course grade.
Make-Ups: 1. Late assignments and absences are excused only when there is a sufficiently documented, last minute significant emergency. 2. There are no make-ups for daily quizzes. If you have an excused absence on that day, that day’s quiz will simply be dropped from the calculation of your quiz grade. Email: 1. Email is the best way to contact me. 2. You should check your official Georgia State email at least once every 24 hours. 3. By University policy, I must use your official Georgia State student email address. If you send an email from a non-GSU email account, I cannot respond. 4.
If you email me from your GSU account and have not received a reply within 24 hours, you should assume that I did not receive the message. Contact me in person. 5. If you turn in any assignment by email, it is your responsibility to confirm that I received it on time. You will know that I got it because I reply to all student emails. If I do not receive it on time, you will not get credit for the assignment without time-stamped email proof that you sent it before it was due. Having trouble with your email, computer, or ISP is not an excuse for a late assignment. Attendance: Everyone’s presence is an intrinsic and vital feature of the class.
Even if you do not speak, your presence has an effect on what is said by others. Attendance can be the deciding factor for course grades on the borderline. Class Format: The class will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and practice. This format demands that students be well prepared for class. You do not have to understand all the readings before class, but you need to read all the readings before class and be prepared to ask questions about what you do not understand. Electronic Devices: No computers, cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, pagers, or other electronic devices may be used in the classroom.
Please turn off all devices before class begins. Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability that may impair your ability to successfully complete this course, contact your instructor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations. GSU has two programs that provide supports services to students with disabilities. Office of Disability Services – http://www2. gsu. edu/~wwwods/ – 404. 413-1560 Accessibility At GSU – http://www2. gsu. edu/~wwwada/ – 404. 464-9044 Students who wish to request accommodation for a disability may do so by registering with the Office of Disability Services (second floor in the Student Center; [email protected]
edu). Students may be accommodated only upon issuance by the Office of Disability Services of a signed Accommodation Plan and are responsible for providing a copy of that plan to instructors of all classes in which accommodations are sought. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Failure of the course is the default departmental penalty for plagiarism, cheating on a test, copying someone else’s work, letting someone else copy your work, or any other form of academic dishonesty. For example, copying someone else’s standardization of an argument is a case of plagiarism and will result in failure of the course.
You are encouraged to study for tests with your classmates, but all work turned in for credit must be either your own work, or correctly cited. If you use even a small part of a classmate’s work or a line from an online source, you must use proper citation. If you don’t, you have violated GSU’s academic honesty policy. Finally, note that on assignments in this class, no outside sources are permitted for in-class tests or S&Es. Moreover, you are liable for further administrative action, which might include expulsion with notation on your permanent record.
See the GSU Policy on Academic Dishonesty attached to this syllabus, available in the University Student Handbook, and found online at http://www2. gsu. edu/~wwwcam/overview/index. html In addition, be sure you give due consideration to what it means to be a good friend! Not infrequently, students draw the natural but erroneous conclusion that allowing or facilitating a friend’s cheating is somehow helping that friend. FAR FROM IT! Good friends, truly good friends, help us to avoid cheating and any other kind of dishonesty. HOW TO DO WELL IN THIS COURSE:
Come to Class and Come on Time: Because of the way grades are computed, and the fact that so much of the course is discussion based, your grade will suffer if you are not present for discussions, and your grade will be favorably affected if you are present. Study Outside of Class: 1. A normal expectation is that undergraduate students will spend a minimum of two hours studying outside of class for every hour spent in class. 2. Since this course meets for 2 hours of class time each week, you should plan on spending at least 4 hours outside of class each week studying the material.
It is also likely that it will take more than that amount of time to complete the readings in a manner sufficient to understand the material. Remember in Summer session, every day is equivalent to one week in a Fall or Spring term! Read the Assignments Multiple Times: Philosophy is demanding reading. I expect you to do all the readings before class and after class. We will not read a great many pages, but some of the readings might be dense or difficult to follow. First, read the work through quickly to get the general idea and to circle any words you don’t understand.
Then look up all the words you don’t know and read the work again slowly. Third, after we cover the reading in class, read it again, slowly. Read. Rinse. Repeat. Final Notes: The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary. Everything in this syllabus can change (and something always does). You are responsible for all changes announced in class, on PAWS, and via email. Your constructive assessment of this course plays an indispensable role in shaping education at Georgia State. Upon completing the course, please take time to fill out the online course evaluation.
How to access your Aplia course PHIL 1010- Critical Thinking – Spring 2014 Instructor: George Rainbolt Start Date: 01/13/2014End Date: 05/11/2014 Course Key: 5N6Q-MHZW-NQNX Registration Aplia is part of CengageBrain, which allows you to sign in to a single site to access your Cengage materials and courses. 1. Connect to http://login. cengagebrain. com/ 2. If you already have an account, sign in. From your Dashboard, enter your course key (5N6Q-MHZW-NQNX) in the box provided, and click the Register button. If you don’t have an account, click the Create a New Account button, and enter your course key when prompted: 5N6Q-MHZW-NQNX.
Continue to follow the on-screen instructions. Payment Online Only: http://www. cengagebrain. com/micro/gsuphil1010 After registering, you can buy access to Aplia from myhome. cengagebrain. com. Aplia is NOT available from bookstore. Purchase it online only to get special discount price. If you choose to pay later, you can use Aplia without paying until 11:59 PM on 02/02/2014. After paying, you will have the option to purchase a physical book at a discounted price. For more information on registering for Aplia, please visit http://www. cengagebrain. com/aplia/. Phil 1010TENTATIVE Schedule of AssignmentsSpring 2014.
January T 1/14Chap 1, What is Critical Thinking, What is an Argument, Why Think Critically, pp. 4-13 R 1/16Chap 1, Finding Arguments, pp. 13-26; Begin Putting in Standard Form Right Away. F 1/17No class, but last day to Add/Drop S 1/19APLIA DUE: How to Use Aplia Due before 11:45pm T 1/21Chap 1, Putting Arguments into Standard Form, pp. 31-36 R 1/23Chap 1, Standardization Practice S 1/26APLIA DUE Ch 1, Sets 1 and 2, before 11:45pm T 1/28S&E1 (standardize a passage in class) R 1/30Chap 2, Two Characteristics of a Good Argument, True Premises, and Proper Form, pp. 42-48 and 51-53 February.
S 2/2APLIA DUE Ch 1, Set 3, and Ch 2, Set 1, before 11:45pm T 2/4Chap 2, Deductive and Inductive Arguments and Relevance, Fallacies pp. 55-64 and 70-79 R 2/6Chap 3, Three Kinds of Premises, pp. 86-102 S 2/9APLIA DUE Ch 2, Set 22, before 11:45pm T 2/11S&E 2 (standardizing and evaluating a passage in class) R 2/13Chap 5, Identifying Propositional Statements, pp. 146-156 S 2/16APLIA DUE Ch 2, Set 3, before 11:45pm T 2/18Chap 5, Evaluating Propositional Arguments, pp. 159-169 R 2/20Chap 5, How PF test differs for Deductive and Inductive Arguments S 2/23APLIA DUE Ch 3, Set 1, before 11:45pm T 2/25Review.
R 2/27Midterm in class March S 3/2APLIA DUE Ch 5, Set 1, before 11:45pm T 3/4Chap 7, Identifying Analogical Arguments, pp. 228-234 Last day to withdraw with a W R 3/6Chap 7, Evaluating Analogical Arguments, pp. 244-256 S 3/9APLIA DUE Ch 5, Set 2, and Ch 7, Set 1, before 11:45pm T 3/11Chap 8, Descriptive Statistics, pp. 258-275 R 3/13Chap 8 Identifying Statistical Arguments, pp. 275-278 S 3/16APLIA DUE Ch 7, Set 2, and Ch 8, Set 1, before 11:45pm T3/18 & R 3/20NO CLASS SPRING BREAK T 3/25Chap 8, Evaluating Statistical Arguments, pp. 281-285 R 3/27Chap 8, Evaluating Statistical Arguments continued.
S 3/30APLIA DUE Ch 8, Sets 2 and 3, before 11:45pm April T 4/1No Fooling! Chap 9, The Many Meanings of “Cause” and Identifying Causal Arguments, pp. 294-303 R 4/3Chap 9, Evaluating Causal Arguments, pp. 306-314 S 4/6APLIA DUE Ch 9, Set 1, before 11:45pm T 4/8Chap 9, Evaluating Causal Arguments Continued, pp. 316-321 R 4/10Chap 9, The Scientific Method, pp. 326-331 S 4/13APLIA DUE Ch 9, Sets 2 and 3, before 11:45pm T 4/15S&E 3 in class (standardizing and evaluating a passage in class) R 4/17Chap 10, Identifying Moral Arguments, pp. 342-345 S 4/20APLIA DUE Ch 9, Set 4, before 11:45pm.
T 4/22Chap 10, Evaluating Moral Arguments, Consequentialist Arguments, pp. 351-358 R 4/24Chap 10, Deontic and Aretaic Moral Arguments, pp. 359-366 F 5/2Friday, May 2, 2014, Common Final Exam, 1:30-4:00pm. Room TBA Department of Philosophy General Syllabus Statement Spring 2014 This syllabus provides a general plan for the course. Deviations may be necessary. The last day to withdraw from a course with the possibility of receiving a W is Tuesday, March 4. Students are responsible for confirming that they are attending the course section for which they are registered. Failure to do so may result in an F for the course.
By University policy and to respect the confidentiality of all students, final grades may not be posted or given out over the phone. To see your grades, use PAWS. The customary penalty for a violation of the academic honesty rules is an “F” in the course. See the University Policy on Academic Honesty on the reverse of this sheet. Copying or using material from the internet without citation is a violation of the academic honesty rules. A student may be awarded a grade of “W” no more than 6 times in their careers at Georgia State. After 6 Ws, a withdrawal is recorded as a WF on the student’s record. A WF counts as an F in a GPA.
Your constructive assessment of this course plays an indispensable role in shaping education at Georgia State University. Upon completing the course, please take the time to fill out the online course evaluation. Students who wish to request accommodation for a disability must do so by registering with the Office of Disability Services in Suite 230 of the Student Center. Students may only be accommodated upon issuance by the Office of Disability Services of a singed Accommodation Plan and are responsible for providing a copy of that plan to instructors of all classes in which an accommodation is sought.
Subscribe to one of our department listservs for current information and events: 1. Undergraduate Students: www2. gsu. edu/~wwwphi/2131. html 2. Graduate Students: www2. gsu. edu/~wwwphi/2109. html For more information on the philosophy program visit: www. gsu. edu/philosophy Policy on Academic Honesty, from the GSU Catalog As members of the academic community, students are expected to recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity. The university assumes as a basic and minimum standard of conduct in academic matters that students be honest and that they submit for credit only the products of their own efforts.
Both the ideals of scholarship and the need for fairness require that all dishonest work be rejected as a basis for academic credit. They also require that students refrain from any and all forms of dishonor? able or unethical conduct related to their academic work. The university’s policy on academic honesty is published in the Faculty Handbook and On Campus: The Student Handbook and is available to all members of the university community. The policy represents a core value of the university, and all members of the university community are responsible for abiding by its tenets.
Lack of knowledge of this policy is not an acceptable defense to any charge of academic dishonesty. All members of the academic community—students, faculty, and staff—are expected to report violations of these standards of academic conduct to the appropriate authorities. The procedures for such reporting are on file in the offices of the deans of each college, the office of the dean of students, and the office of the provost. In an effort to foster an environment of academic integrity and to prevent academic dishonesty, students are expected to discuss with faculty the expectations regarding course assignments and standards of conduct.
Students are encouraged to discuss freely with faculty, academic advisers, and other members of the university community any questions pertaining to the provisions of this policy. In addition, students are encouraged to avail themselves of programs in establishing personal standards and ethics offered through the university’s Counseling Center. Definitions and Examples The examples and definitions given below are intended to clarify the standards by which academic honesty and academically honorable conduct are to be judged. The list is merely illustrative of the kinds of infractions that may occur, and it is not intended to be exhaustive.
Moreover, the definitions and examples suggest conditions under which unacceptable behavior of the indicated types normally occurs; however, there may be unusual cases that fall outside these conditions that also will be judged unacceptable by the academic community. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is presenting another person’s work as one’s own. Plagiarism includes any para? phrasing or summarizing of the works of another person without acknowledgment, including the submitting of another student’s work as one’s own.
Plagiarism frequently involves a failure to acknowledge in the text, notes, or footnotes the quotation of the paragraphs, sentences, or even a few phrases written or spoken by someone else. The submission of research or completed papers or projects by someone else is plagiarism, as is the unacknowledged use of research sources gathered by someone else when that use is specifically forbidden by the faculty member. Failure to indicate the extent and nature of one’s reliance on other sources is also a form of plagiarism. Any work, in whole or in part, taken from the Internet or other computer-based resource without properly referencing the source (for example, the URL) is considered plagiarism.
A complete reference is required in order that all parties may locate and view the original source. Finally, there may be forms of plagiarism that are unique to an individual discipline or course, examples of which should be provided in advance by the faculty member. The student is responsible for understanding the legitimate use of sources, the appropriate ways of acknowledging academic, scholarly or creative indebtedness, and the consequences of violating this responsibility. Cheating on Examinations: Cheating on examinations involves giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after an examination.
Examples of unauthorized help include the use of notes, computer-based resources, texts, or “crib sheets” during an examination (unless specifically approved by the faculty member), or sharing information with another student during an examination (unless specifically approved by the faculty member). Other examples include intentionally allowing another student to view one’s own examination and collaboration before or after an examination if such collaboration is specifically forbidden by the faculty member.
Unauthorized Collaboration: Submission for academic credit of a work product, or a part thereof, represented as its being one’s own effort, which has been developed in substantial collaboration with another person or source or with a computer-based resource is a violation of academic honesty. It is also a violation of academic honesty knowingly to provide such assistance. Collaborative work specifically authorized by a faculty member is allowed.
Falsification: It is a violation of academic honesty to misrepresent material or fabricate information in an academic exercise, assignment or proceeding (e. g. , false or misleading citation of sources, falsification of the results of experiments or computer data, false or misleading information in an academic context in order to gain an unfair advantage). Multiple Submissions: It is a violation of academic honesty to submit substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once without the explicit consent of the faculty member(s) to whom the material is submitted for additional credit.
In cases in which there is a natural development of research or knowledge in a sequence of courses, use of prior work may be desirable, even required; however the student is responsible for indicating in writing, as a part of such use, that the current work submitted for credit is cumulative in nature. ID SHEET Please print or write legibly PRINT NAME GSU EMAIL ADDRESS CELL PHONE EMERGENCY CONTACT Name EMERGENCY CONTACT Phone Freshman, Soph, Jr, Sr, PostBac? Number of credit hours completed MAJOR 2ND MAJOR.
MINOR 2ND MINOR PREVIOUS PHIL COURSES Intro to Phil or Great Questions? Others at GSU? Phil Courses taken elsewhere? If so what and where? Check reason(s) for taking this course (a) Fulfills Area B Core Reqmt (b) Fulfills another reqmt (C) Good time of day (d) Phil major or minor (e) Other reason: specify Give a definition of Critical Thinking Why are you here? (at least one paragraph, continue on next page) ***********************************TEAR OFF HERE*****************************************
Complete the following before or on the first day you attend class, and turn it to your instructor. NAME______________________________DATE__________________ I have received, read, or will read, and accept responsibility for following the policies noted in the syllabus. I have also received, read, or will read, and accept responsibility for fulfilling the requirements outlined in the schedule of assignments. I understand that not following the course policies or not completing all assignments can negatively affect my grade in the course.
I also understand that FAILURE OF THE COURSE is the departmental default policy for cases of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to plagiarism, cheating on a test, copying someone else’s exercises or other work, letting someone else copy my exercises or other work, or any other form of academic dishonesty. I also understand that I am responsible for using and checking my GSU email account daily, and that my instructor is required by university policy to use my GSU email account for all academic correspondence.