Academic year(s): 2018-2019
SCOTCAT credits : 20
ECTS credits : 10
Level : SCQF Level 7
This module introduces the essential concepts and techniques of critical reasoning, formal propositional logic, and basic predicate logic. Among the central questions are these: what distinguishes an argument from a mere rhetorical ploy? What makes an argument a good one? How can we formally prove that a conclusion follows from some premises? In addressing these questions, we will also cover topics such as argumentative fallacies, ambiguity, argument forms and analyses, induction versus deduction, counterexamples, truth-tables, truth-trees (tableaux), natural deduction, and quantification.
Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PY1006 or take PY1802
Weekly contact: 3 lectures and 1 tutorial.
Scheduled learning hours: 43
Guided independent study hours: 157
As used by St Andrews: 1.5-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework (2 x class tests) = 60%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%
Module coordinator: Dr K A Scharp
Module teaching staff: Team taught