By the end of this unit you should:
Listen to this introduction to find out a little about your teacher and how to contact him.
Read the official university course syllabus to find out the grade percentages awarded to participation, quizzes and final assessment.
Active participation is defined (by me) as submitting assignments or completing assigned tasks via the learning management system ( ELMS ). Each assignment or task is awarded either zero or 100%. This emoticon is used to remind you of these. Quizzes are conducted either online or live. There are quizzes on arguments and fallacies. The final assessment comprises a timed quiz and critical analysis of a text.
Introduce yourself to your classmates. State your preferred name, something you are proficient at (programming, gaming, maths?), and share the reason why you selected this course. If your course is fully online, use the Forum on ELMS.
The aim of this section is to help you create a framework for what we will study and assign initial meanings to some of the key words. Over the course, we will clarify these meanings.
Consider your answers to these questions. If possible, discuss your answers with a classmate, friend or even a stranger!
Watch and listen to an introductory non-technical lecture on logic and language. Try to understand the following concepts:
Watch this video (6 min 28 sec) to gain a fuller understanding of Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
There are seven colours in a rainbow.
Critically examine the statement above. Is it true? What is the evidence? How confident are you?
Listen to the opinion of these students from the 2020 cohort on the topic of colours of a rainbow
Knowledge and application activities are designed to help you activate the key terminology and apply the concepts covered in the course so far. Try to use the terminology and concepts accurately and appropriately.
Submit an audio recording (approximately 60 seconds) via ELMS critically discussing one of the topics below. Your topic is decided by the final digit of your student id number. See the list below. The recording can be in English or Japanese. Your audio file may be uploaded for other students to listen to. Do not state your name or personal information! Speak clearly.
The purpose of this task is to evaluate your current level of logical and critical analysis.
Critically evaluate the passage below. Each sentence is numbered for ease of reference. Submit your work through ELMS. Spend no longer than 30 minutes on this task.
Make sure you can explain the following 14 concepts in simple English:
Running count: 14 of 108 logical concepts covered so far.