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COURSE SYLLABUS

College of Teacher Education


QCS-CTE-001

Revision Level
Effectivity

Course Title

Scientific Reasoning and Critical Thinking

Course Code

SOC 117

Pre-Requisite

0
01 Jun 2015

NONE

Co-requisite

NONE

Credit Units

Three (3) units

Class Schedule

1.5 hours per meeting/3.0 hours per week

A. COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course studies the methodological components of the Social Sciences as tools in explaining
certain phenomena and the understanding of logical reasoning and critical thinking
B. COURSE OBJECTIVES (COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES):
1. Understand the essential principles involved in the practice of reasoned decision making.
2. Recognize the different types of definitions applied to terms and the various uses of language
in reasoning.
3. Identify and avoid common logical and rhetorical fallacies.
4. Recognize an argument, identify its components, and evaluate its strength.
5. Develop an attitude of critical thinking in real-life situations, appraise and discuss ideas
intelligently, and construct well-reasoned argumentations.
C. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:
1. Hurley P. (2006). A Concise Introduction to Logic. California: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.
2. Nabor-Nery, M.I. (2007). Fundamentals of Logic. Mandaluyong: National Book Store.
D. COURSE OUTLINE AND TIMEFRAME (Tentative Schedule)
WEEK

DATE

July 13 17

TOPICS
Orientation: Syllabus/Course Requirement

The Nature of Logic


History of Logic

Apprehension
Terms

Language: Elements and Functions of Language


Definition and Its Types

Fallacies In General
Fallacies of Relevance

July 20 24

July 27 31

Aug 4 10

Prepared By:
EARL JOHN G. PAJARO
Course Instructor

Reviewed By:
DR. DANILO B. SOLAYAO
College Dean

Approved By:
DR. BONIFACIO E.
UMACLAP
VPAA

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COURSE SYLLABUS
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Aug 17 21

Aug 24 28

Sept 1 5

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Fallacies of Weak Induction


Fallacies of Presumption, Ambiguity, and Grammatical Analogy
PRELIMINARY EXAM

Sept 7 11

Sept 14 - 18

10

Sept 21 25

Configuration of an Argument
Main Divisions of an Argument
Recognizing Arguments: Simple Non-inferential passages, Expository
Passages
Recognizing Arguments: Illustrations, Explanations, Conditional
Statements
Proposition
Structure of a Proposition

11

Sept 28 Oct
5

Properties of a Proposition
Quantity of the Predicate
MIDTERM EXAM
Inference
Methods of Inference
Kinds of Inference
Square of Opposition
Logical Equivalence
Categorical Syllogism
Elements of Categorical Syllogism
Rules on Terms
Syllogistic Figures and Moods

12

Oct 12 16

13

Oct 19 23

14

Oct 26 30

15

Nov 2 -6

16

Nov 9 13

17

Nov 16 20

18

Nov 30 Dec
4

FINAL EXAM

E. METHODOLOGY/ COURSE REQUIREMENTS:


INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY:
Class discussions will be used to facilitate mastery of the lesson.
Supplemental handouts and readings will be provided for enhancement of learning outcomes.
In-class activities will be designed to guide students in the application of course content, and
to check student understanding.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
1. One major examination will be given each term in order to cover all lectures, readings and
class discussions. The exam will consist of multiple-choice or application of the concepts
learned.
2. Class activities will be scheduled for each class sessions. These activities may be in individual
or small group format and will require the application of course concepts.

Prepared By:
EARL JOHN G. PAJARO
Course Instructor

Reviewed By:
DR. DANILO B. SOLAYAO
College Dean

Approved By:
DR. BONIFACIO E.
UMACLAP
VPAA

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COURSE SYLLABUS
College of Teacher Education
QCS-CTE-001

Revision Level
Effectivity

0
01 Jun 2015

F. GRADING SYSTEM
15% Attendance; 15% Class Participation; 40% Quizzes; 30% Major Examinations (Prelim,
Midterm, and Final Examination).
G. CLASSROOM POLICIES
1. It is expected that the students have already read in advance the assigned material prior to
each class meeting and actively participate in the classroom activities.
2. Regular attendance and participation in class discussion is expected of all students, and is
crucial for the completion of the course. The maximum number of absences allowed a
student per semester is 20% of the number of class hours. For instance, 20% of 54 hours is
10.8 or 11 hours. A student is given a grade of 5.00 (failed) if s/he incurs absences more
than the allowed percentage of class hours.
3. A student may be accepted in class even if s/he is late for 25 minutes, but should be marked
absent.
4. A student is held responsible for all lessons and assignments missed during his/her absence
or tardiness.
5. Any student, who for an avoidable cause finds it necessary to be absent from class, must
present to his/her instructor either a letter from his/her parent or guardian or a medical
certificate upon returning to class (if the reason for the absence was due to illness).
6. An excuse letter, signed by a duly constituted authority, must be secured beforehand before
the instructor allows a student to be excused from attending classes to participate in an
extra-curricular activity; otherwise s/he will be barred from leaving the class.
7. Once a student misses an examination, only those with legitimate excuses backed up with
written documentation will be allowed to take a make-up examination. However, the makeup exam will be different from the exams the rest of the class has already taken.
8. All forms of academic dishonesty, and/or deceit, especially cheating during examination or
any class work shall not be tolerated. A student who shall be caught in the act or proven to
have committed such acts shall be imposed a penalty of grade reduction or a failing grade
(depending on the frequency and the gravity of the act). The instructor reserves the right to
refer the erring student to the Prefect of Discipline if additional disciplinary action is
necessary.
9. Students must refrain from behavior in the classroom that intentionally or unintentionally
disrupts the learning process. All class members, including the instructor, shall turn off or
mute their cellular phone before class begins. Students are prohibited from using tobacco
products, making offensive/foul/racist remarks, reading or answering other materials not
related in the course, sleeping, talking among each other at inappropriate times, wearing
inappropriate clothing, or engaging in any other form of distraction.
10.Eating during class hours is not allowed; drinking beverages is allowed, provided it should be
done discreetly.
H. CONSULTATION HOUR: CTE Faculty Room, 4th Floor, by appointment

Prepared By:
EARL JOHN G. PAJARO
Course Instructor

Reviewed By:
DR. DANILO B. SOLAYAO
College Dean

Approved By:
DR. BONIFACIO E.
UMACLAP
VPAA

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