SSB 1205 TR 6:00 – 8:50 OFFICE HOURS: 5:00 – 6:00 SSB 1205 Professor: James McCollum Web:


Humanities Phone and Office: 636-922-8255 HUM 203A I usually meet students in the classroom

Required Text:

*Introduction to Logic, Harry Gensler, Routledge, 2010.\

Other texts and assignments will be available online.

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to arguments as well as the ability to evaluate arguments through several informal methods and formal systems.


  1. Cell phones are to be turned off. No chatting, e-mailing or playing games on your laptop/phone.

  2. There is a no tolerance policy toward plagiarism. All cases will result in a failure of the assignment. Flagrant cases will result in a failing grade for the course.

Cheating will not be tolerated.


This is a serious academic offense because it undermines academic integrity. That is why SCC suspends or expels those who engage in it, and why so few colleges accept or re-admit individuals with a record of this activity. Familiarize yourself with St. Charles’ specific policies on this matter, but below is a succinct definition (taken with permission from the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct). See how I did that?

Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else’s work, including the work of other students, as one’s own. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged, unless the information is common knowledge. What is considered “common knowledge” may differ from course to course. a. A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment. b. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge an indebtedness whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person’s actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.


  • Attendance (30% OF YOUR GRADE) is mandatory:
  • There are no free absences, but each one is worth only 2% of your grade. A reasonable amount of absences (like 2) could be covered via bonus questions on the exams.

The college has no plan of recognized class ‘cuts’ or absences. You should attend all class meetings in which you are enrolled. Excessive absence may be sufficient cause to fail the course. For distance classes, “attendance” will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus. The final decision as to what constitutes excessive absence from a class is left to the instructor and will be outlined in the course syllabus. Students should discuss any absences with their instructor.

  • In-Class Assignments consisting of Quizzes, Group-work, and Exercises (10%)

  • Homework Assignments consisting of Quizzes, Group-work, and Exercises (10%)

  • Two tests. There are no make-up exams unless scheduled in advance or cases of dire emergency. I will make very effort to grade your tests within one week.

    One Mid-term Exam – Short Answer and Essay Questions. 25% (7/7)

    One Final Exam – Short Answer and Essay Questions. 25% (7/25)

Grading Scale

A: 90-100 B: 80-<90 C: 70-<80 D: 60-<70 F: <60

Last day to drop and receive a “W”: July, 11th

Campus Closings

For up-to-date information on closings due to inclement weather or other emergencies, call 636-922-8000, log on to

Instructional goals:

This class will provide an environment where the College’s goals for students in the areas of Critical Thinking, Writing Across the Curriculum, and Computer Literacy are practiced. These will be utilized in a variety of ways throughout the course.

Students with special needs:

We all have various channels through which we learn best. The Office of Accessibility Services is available to guide, counsel, and assist students with disabilities. Please contact the Accessibility Services Manager, Paige George, at (636-922-8247) so that eligibility for services can be determined. Additionally, the Accessibility Services Manager will provide a one-stop-shop to address 2-year plans for degree completion and registration all in one place. Location is in Room 133 of the Student Center.

Mental Health/Counseling Service for Students:

St. Charles Community College offers the opportunity to address your concerns with a FREE mental health counselor on campus. SCC has a well-trained professional to help with a wide range of concerns common to college students including anxiety, eating concerns, alcohol/drug issues, relationship concerns, academic stress, suicidal thoughts, sexual and LGBT concerns.

We are committed to providing high quality care guided by the SCC mission of serving our community by focusing on academic excellence, student success, workforce advancement, and life-long learning within a global society. We celebrate diversity and we enrich the economic and cultural vitality of the region by providing an accessible, comprehensive, and supportive environment for teaching and learning.

Our mental health counselor will offer short-term counseling, community support and referrals. Sometimes a student may require care beyond the scope of our counseling center and in these situations students will be assisted with establishing care off campus.

Length of counseling varies. Some problems are resolved within one or two sessions. Other problems may require meeting more often. This will be determined by you and your counselor.

Please contact the mental health counselor, Christy Jackson at 636-922-8571 or to set an appointment. Office location for summer 2014 is ADM 1204. Beginning fall 2014 location is ADM 1242. Appointments may also be made by calling Teresa Drury at 636-922-8536 or

Any faculty, staff, or student may submit a report to the Behavioral Intervention Team at by calling 636-922-8111. Any serious concerns of immediate response please direct to the SCC Department of Public Safety at 922-8545.