Philosophy 57 Greensheet (Syllabus)
Table of Contents:
- Instructor Information
- Email: email@example.com
(email is the best way to reach me)
- Office: FOB
232 (office phone #: 924-4522)
- Office Hours:
- Tuesday: 4:30-6:30 pm
- Thursday: 4:30-6:30 pm and 7:00-9:00
- Or by appointment
- Course Home Page (updated
- Textbook & Readings
- We will be covering (significant parts of) chapters
1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the text.
- Depending on the pace of the lectures, we may not
get to all sections of these chapters.
- I will keep you informed in class about which sections
you should study at which times, and which sections will be covered
on quizzes and exams, etc.
- You will only be responsible (i.e., on quizzes
and exams) for those sections of the text that I am able to discuss
- Grading Information
- "The Formula": final grade = (average
grade + midterm
exam grade + final exam
grade)/3 (plus limited extra-credit
- All quizzes and exams will be graded "on a curve".
That is, the letter-grade cutoffs will depend on how other people
in the section do on the quiz/exam.
- Approximate letter-grade cutoffs will be announced
after each quiz/exam. More accurate grade ranges will be announced
near the end of the semester.
- You are encouraged to work as many exercises in
the textbook (and on the CD-ROM
resources web page!) as possible.
- Exercises worked outside of quizzes and exams
will not be (officially) graded.
- But, I will be quite happy to discuss any
exercises from the book/CD-ROM either in class or in office hours.
- The exercises in the text will be very similar
to those you will see on quizzes/exams (indeed, many quiz/exam questions
will be taken straight from the text).
- There will be a total of 7 short in-class quizzes (roughly
every other week). The quizzes will be given on the following dates
at the beginning of class):
- 2/4, 2/18,
3/4, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13
- The quizzes will cover only material that has been
discussed in lecture up to that point (i.e., up to the end
of the Thursday lecture before the Tuesday quiz).
- The quizzes will be in a simple, short-answer/multiple
- The quizzes will only last between 15-20 minutes.
- Your 2 lowest quiz grades will be dropped (i.e.,
your 5 best quiz scores will be averaged).
- There will be no make-up quizzes.
- Quiz questions will be very similar to the (short)
exercises in our textbook (and they will be much like those discussed
and practiced in lecture).
- Mid-term exam: in class on:
- Tuesday, March 18 (the midterm will
take the entire class period of 75 minutes)
- Make-up midterms will only be given under very
exam: in regular classroom
(HGH 225 or BBC 323),
- Section 3:
Friday, May 16, 9:45am-12:00pm
- Section 5:
Monday, May 19, 2:45-5:00pm
finals (which will only be given
under very special circumstances) must be taken on Thursday,
22 (at some agreed upon time)
- Exam questions will be very similar to the exercises
in our textbook (and they will be much like those discussed and practiced
- Extra-Credit (limited)
- A limited number of extra-credit points will
be awarded to students who are able to use logic
software (either Logic
Coach or another software package) to solve
some of the more difficult exercises from chapters 4-7 of the text.
- The extra-credit will be limited to "0.3
grade points (+/-)" for the course (e.g.,
enough get you from a B- to a B or from an A to an A+, but not
enough to, e.g., get you from a B+ to an A-).
- When we get to chapter 4, I will say more about
this opportunity to earn limited extra-credit points. Stay tuned...
- Academic Honesty
- Special Learning Needs
- Anyone with special learning needs or disabilities
should contact both myself
and the DRC
(immediately) to make special arrangements for quizzes, exams, etc.
(if such special arrangements will be required).