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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Philosophy

Logic and Critical Thinking PHIL-201

  • Fall 2012

  • Sections 05, 06

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/28/2012 to 12/13/2012

  • Modified 08/27/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Michelle M Lippert

Office: LKH 231
Phone: 665-5055

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, LKH 231
Tuesday, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, LKH 231
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, LKH 231

Meeting Times

Section 05 meets on Tuesdays, Thursday 8:30 to 9:20

Section 06 meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:30 -10:20


PHIL 201 is a general introduction to the reasoning skills and psychological approaches used for effective decision making, problem solving, and argument analysis and evaluation. This course provides instruction in skills essential to success in everyday life, citizenship, and as a professional in any career. It fulfills the critical thinking requirement for the A.A. degree, but does not fulfill an arts and humanities requirement for either the A.A. or A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours each week Recommended: ENGL 101 and/or COMM 101


Critical Reasoning,  by Cederblom and Paulsen.  Wadsworth Publishing. The book I am using is a customized version available through the bookstore. This customized version is much cheaper than the regular one.  If you find a regular version online that is cheaper, you may use that book.  Pages will be different but we can work that out.


PHIL 201: Learning outcomes must include but are not limited to the following:

Understand and evaluate the structure and soundness of deductive arguments.

Understand and apply techniques for evaluating evidence and truth claims.

Understand and evaluate the structure and strength of inductive arguments, especially statistical generalization, analogical, and causal arguments.

Understand and Evaluate scientific reasoning, hypothesis formation, and abductive reasoning.

Recognize and Interpret common fallacies of language and logic.

Apply principles of logic and critical thinking to evaluation of real world, natural language arguments, issues and cases.

Understand and Apply basic principles and methods of problem-solving and decision-making.

Understand emotional and psychological dispositions that promote critical thinking in the strong sense, such as a questioning attitude, open-mindedness, fair-mindedness, reciprocity (critically evaluating one's own ideas and arguments), and the principle of charity (giving the other the benefit of the doubt, interpreting claims and arguments in their strongest sense).


There will be nine assessments online, a midterm and a final.  The midterm and final will be taken in class.  Students will have specific homework assignments. The assignments will be worth 5 to 10 points. The majority of these assignments will be submitted online.

Online Assessments -  35%

Homework -  15%

Midterm - 25 %

Final - 25%

A   93%

A-  90%

B+ 87%

B   83% 

B-  80% 

C+ 77%

C   73% 

C-  70% 

D+  67% 

D    63%

D-  60%

F  < 60%

Course Policies

This class is a hybrid.  Students will attend class two days a week and then complete required assignments online. Quizzes and homework will be submitted online. The student must have access to a computer and the internet.

Students are expected to attend every class. More than three unexcused absences may result in in drop in the student's grade. Students must email or phone intsructor in order to receive an excused absence.

Online quizzes will not be re-opened. Students may make up a quiz in written form at the Testing Center. They will only be allowed a single attempt.



Below is a tentative schedule. The instructor reserves the right to adjust the schedule                                                                                       

Week One:    Introduction to the Course/ The Pragmatic Logic

 Week Two: The Pragmatic Logic / Arguments

 Week Three:  Arguments

 Week Four:  Valid Arguments/ True Arguments

 Week Five:  True Arguments

 Week Six: Nondeductive Arguments 

 Week Seven:  Nondeductive Arguments 

 Week Eight:  Fallacies

 Week Nine: Midterm

 Week Ten:   Categorical Syllogism

 Week Eleven: Categorical Syllogism

 Week Twelve:  Categorical Syllogism

 Week Thirteen: Truth Tables 

Week Fourteen:  Truth Tables 

Week Fifteen:    Truth Tables 

Week Sixteen:  Practice for Final

Final: Week of Dec. 17 to 20

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college.Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.