Dr Stephen Watson
Note: please enter the subject heading ‘PHIL1020’ in all email
Consultation Hours: By arrangement on Tuesday or Thursday.
This course in formal logic is intended as an introduction to the formal aspects of modern logic for students of philosophy, mathematics or computer science, or indeed anyone interested in logic. We assume that students have no previous background in logic.
are no lectures in this online course: you are expected to work your way through the
textbook (q.v.) There is, however, a schedule that you are expected to keep
There is, however, a schedule that you are expected to keep to.
function will not be used in this course.
There is are optional 'tutorial' periods. During these one hour periods I will briefly review the material that you
are supposed to be studying and working through up to that point. Then
we'll see if there were any difficulties with the problems that were set
on material that you were supposed to have covered.
See the tutorial page for the problems for these sessions. The tutorial
times and dates are accessible via MySI-net
This function will not be used in this course.
There is are optional 'tutorial' periods. During these one hour periods I will briefly review the material that you are supposed to be studying and working through up to that point. Then we'll see if there were any difficulties with the problems that were set on material that you were supposed to have covered. See the tutorial page for the problems for these sessions. The tutorial times and dates are accessible via MySI-net
We shall work through the following text during the course:
Since the exams and exercises are based on material from this text, it is essential that you purchase a copy. It is available from the UQ Bookshop and QU Books.
The following books may be of additional assistance:
They are available from the Social Sciences and Humanities Library in the High Use Area.
If you have any questions or problems accessing material in the Social Sciences and Humanities Library you should contact:
You will be required to complete the following assessments:
Assignments may be submitted either in electronic form or as a paper. The instructions for each method are on the assignment question page.
Extensions on Assignments, or the taking of Tests at a date other than that set down, is only permitted if you have a legitimate reason (e.g. illness, etc.). If you cannot submit an Assignment by the due date or cannot take the Test on the day it is set, you should consult the course coordinator immediately concerning the possibility of an extension or a rescheduling of the Test. Evidence of your illness etc. will be required. (Note that this is a huge inconvenience so you must have a compelling reason and unforeseeable circumstances.)
Plagiarism is an academic offence and will be
penalized. Please refer to the School's Manual of Style, and to the School's
web-site for further clarification.
The University accepts the following definition
"Plagiarism is the action or practice of taking and using as one's
own the thoughts or writings of another, without acknowledgment."
The following practices constitute acts of
plagiarism and are a major infringement of the University's academic
Plagiarism carries strict penalties which could result in a student's being expelled from University.
plagiarism in this course will result in a formal complaint being lodged
by the lecturer with the University against the student.
are marked according to the University’s seven point system:
Students are advised to read the material set down for the course, do a
lot of exercises, and participate actively in tutorials. If you apply
yourselves to the task on a week-by-week basis (avoiding cramming) then
you are most likely to do well and enjoy the course more.
Lewis Carroll (also known as the Reverend Charles Dodgson) wrote on Mathematics and Logic and taught Logic to children. His Alice in Wonderland books contain many delightful logic puzzles. His advice to readers of his own logic book applies equally well here.
There is an on-campus service available to all students who may require
assistance with more general problems relating to their academic work,
e.g. essay writing skills, returning to study after a long break,
preparing assignments or seminars, stress, etc. This supplementary
assistance is available through the Learning Assistance Unit — a part
of Student Support Services — in the Relaxation Block, Student Union
Complex. Telephone 336 51704.
Any student who for whatever reason (not just physical
disabilities) may require alternative academic arrangements is
encouraged to seek advice at the commencement of the semester from a
Disability Advisor at Student Support Services (Telephone 336 51704).