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North Idaho College • Internet • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy PHIL-101

  • Fall 2012

  • Sections 07, 88, 89

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/21/2012

  • Modified 08/29/2012

Contact Information

Office Test

Instructor: John Jensen

Office: Bos 222
Phone: 769-5916

All correspondence should be via email within the course website (the email address above is for emergencies only). Students are expected to know how to navigate the course webstie and use the tools within it. There is a Blackboard Help link in the course menu within the course website.

Meeting Times


Monday, Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 8:50 AM

CdA Campus,   St. Maries HS,   Silvery Valley Ctr


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Course Website

Tuesday: online quizzes;     Wed./Thur.: online discussions


This course is the discovery and exploration of major intellectual problems of humankind through methods of questioning, analysis, synthesis, and critique. It emphasizes developing a world view and higher order reasoning skills through consideration of such issues as the nature of time and physical reality, mind and consciousness, free will, evil, truth, ethics, and the nature and existence of God. This course is for students interested in the meaning of life and the implications of modern science for understanding our world. It fulfills an arts and humanities requirement for the A.S. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ENGL 101


Ultimate Questions, 3rd Ed., by Nils Rauhut, publ. by Prentice-Hall


  • regular access to a reliable Internet connection
  • ability to read PDF files


PHIL 101 Course Learning Outcomes

1. Recognize and define the primary terms of the philosophic vocabulary.

2. Recognize and identify the major philosophic thinkers in the history of philosophy.

3. Recognize and understand the primary concepts, problems and issues in the history of philosophy.

4. Identify and explain the major philosophical problems and issues
considered in this course, as specified in the Course Outline.

5. Identify and explain the various positions on those problems and
issues, and the arguments and counter-arguments for those positions.

6. Develop an in-depth understanding of some problem, issue, topic, or philosopher in the history of philosophy.

7. Demonstrate the ability to write an interesting, informative, and well-developed analytical and evaluative explanatory essay about themes, topics, issues, or problems in philosophy.



It is your responsibility to check the online Grades section frequently to track your current grade. Initiate contact with me if you have any questions or concerns about your grades. If you decide not to finish the course, be sure to withdraw from the course by Nov. 12 so you don’t receive an F on your transcript.


Grade Equivalency





92 - 100%


90 -   91%


88 -   89%


82 -   87%


80 -   81%


78 -   79%


72 -   77%


70 -   71%


68 -   69%


62 -   67%


60 -   61%


  0 -   59%


20 pts       Week 1 Intro Post / Reply                          2 x 10 pts each

40 pts       Week 1 Syllabus Quiz                                40 pts

320 pts      Chapter Quizzes                                        8 x 40 pts each

420 pts      Weekly Discussion Posts / Replies         14 x 30 pts each

100 pts      Paper                                                          100 pts

100 pts      Final Exam                                                  100 pts

1,000 pts   Total

Course Policies

Assignment Guidelines

Detailed guidelines for weekly discussion posts and the finaly paper can be found in the Weekly Lessons folders.


You must complete all Week 1 items (before the end of Wk 1) to avoid being dropped for non-attendance.

You may miss 2 weeks of class and still be eligible to pass (i.e., 6 lectures, 6 online discussions, or a combination such as 3 lectures and 3 online discussions). After 6 total absences, you cannot pass this course.

Extra Credit

Occasional extra credit opportunities will be offered to help you make up pts for missed assignments. You may submit a maximum of two 15-point extra credit assignments (to be determined later).

Quality Control / Academic Honesty

Do we really need to talk about this in an ethics course? You are responsible for being familiar with the NIC Student Code of Conduct. Anyone caught cheating or plagiarizing will be reported to the V.P. of Student Affairs and dismissed from the course with an F.

Language/Mechanics Expectations:

  • You should carefully proofread all submissions. Any Post or Reply with more than 3 problems (spelling, grammar, punctuation, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc.) will lose 5 pts right off the top. At the very minimum, you should write all assignments in a word processing program to help you catch obvious spelling and grammar errors; then paste your submission into the Post or Reply field. At the very-very minimum, avoid submitting impromptu Posts and Replies that read like text messages or "stream of consciousness" thinking (automatic 0).
  • Discussing philosophy can be difficult enough when we are all in the same classroom and completely understand each other; since that’s not the case, it is even more critical in online courses that your writing is crystal clear. A misplaced comma, semi-colon, etc. can change the entire meaning of something. If you aren’t confident about your language skills, have someone read your assignments, posts, replies, and papers before submitting them; better yet, utilize the NIC Writing Lab.


Week 1
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Week 1 Items

Monday (Day 1):

  • Attend class
  • Make sure you have regular access to a computer that can access the Internet and read PDF documents.
  • Read and print the course syllabus and calendar.
  • Click the Blackboard Help link to learn how to navigate the course website.
  • Start reading for Ch 1 Quiz (due Tue., Week 2, 11pm).

Wednesday: Submit Course Contract to online Drop Box. Submit your Introduce Yourself post.

Friday: Submit your Introduce Yourself reply. Take Syllabus Quiz.


Tuesday Quizzes
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Weekly Folders
Weekly Reading Quizzes

Each chapter begins with taking a quiz over the reading for that week; then we use the next 2 weeks to become more familiar with the concepts via Lecture Notes and Discussion. These quizzes are open-book, open-notes; you can take them any time before Tuesday, 11pm (of the first week of each chapter). You have 1 hour to complete the quiz; therefore, you may want to highlight text, take some notes, etc. (Scored 0-40 pts)

Wednesday Lecture
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Attend class. Print off starter notes and bring to class.

Wednesday Discussion Posts
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Weekly Folders
Chapter Discussion

Check the weekly folder for instructions and follow them closely. Starting in Wk 2, the BLUE GROUP (students with last names A-M) will submit a Wed. post, and the GREEN GROUP (last names N-Z) will submit a Thur. reply. Wk 3 will be the converse, and so on. Be sure to submit your post by 7pm. This is your first opportunity to demonstrate in your own words that you have gained a basic working knowledge of the week’s material. (Scored 0-30 pts)

Thursday Discussion Replies
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Weekly Folders
Chapter Discussion

Basically, reply to one (and only one) other student’s Post any time after Wed. 7pm and before 11pm Thur. The objective is to demonstrate that you understand the material by critiquing another student’s application of the material. (Scored 0-30 pts)

Friday Instructor Comments
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Weekly Folders
Chapter Discussion

Look for feedback from the instructor about the weekly discussion each Friday in the weekly folder. If no concepts need clarification, there won't be any feedback.

Monday Lecture
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Attend class. Print off starter notes and bring to class.

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.