Review of GET1026 – Effective Reasoning

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(Alternate title: GET1026 – Dissect, Analyze, Enjoy!)

Introduction

Effective reasoning…a rather ambiguous term. I was originally bidding for another module, but was outbidded by exactly one point (I bidded 99, the lowest bid that got the module was 100 -.-). So out of the available modules that could fit within my timetable, this seemed the most interesting. At the very least (I thought), it would be helpful if one was writing an essay to ensure that there were no logical flaws.

What I expected

With a title like ‘Effective Reasoning’, it is difficult to know what to expect.ย Perhaps one would learn about leaps of logic as being a form of ‘ineffective’ reasoning?

What I got

A course that taught informal logic. Stemming from a philosophic background, it did not make use of truth tables, but looked at inductive and deductive forms of reasoning as well as various logical fallacies to a much greater extent than GET1008 did. One also learns how to assess and form an argument using terms like cogency, strength and validity.

[Webcasted?] Nope.

[Course Materials?] Slides, that’s all.

Assessment & Workload

One is assessed as follows:

  1. Take home midterms, where working within a group or going solo is allowed. This comprises of two questions.
  2. Tutorial participation involving solving and explaining selected tutorial questions.
  3. Semester finals.
  4. Weekly online quizzes.

The take home midterms should be discussed with others, although group submissions are not allowed. So one would discuss with their informal group mates before submitting their individual paper. Grades are assigned individually as expected.

Tutorial participation is not too heavy, but forms a good foundation for one to do decently well within the course. If one is able to follow the reasoning taught and used, it would put one in good stead for both the weekly quizzes and semester finals that require the same methodology to critique an argument or dissect a paragraph arguing for or against a specific premise.

Expected Grade

After barely passing the midterms due to a lack of discussion with my group mates and failing to do very well in the online quizzes, I expected something along the lines of a B- to a B.

Actual Grade

And fortunately, I got a B. A poor grade, but better than a B-.

Conclusion & Tips

This module is good for those that enjoy logical puzzles without involving maths or formal logic used, but may be a turn off if one was expecting something else. Nevertheless, one can certainly apply the principles learned within this module to critique arguments and check for fallacies if they are doing other modules that require this approach.

  1. Be prepared to think through a short or medium length paragraph for a prolonged period of time, especially during the semester finals. This is the use of informal logic, after all, to arrive at a reasonable conclusion. Simply half-assing it will not go well.
  2. Consultation with the lecturer or tutor can be helpful as some of the examples raised within the lecture can be difficult to grasp within the time allocated to the explanation of that example.

No materials to preview unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Here are personal notes I’ve taken thoughย ^^

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  5. Hey there!

    I will be an exchange student at NUS between 2018 sept – 2018 dec. My background is in economics and informatics (made my own portfolio) and I would like to study 1) Computing BT1101 Introduction to Business Analytics and 2) Computing CS1010 Programming Methodology.

    The problem is that I need in totalt 5 more modules. Do you have any good recommendations for what modules might fit? The modules above are good because I have not yet taken any modules within programming. I’ve tried 5-6 different modules but the Time Builder says that some modules crash. It’s really frustrating.

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    • Hi there Aleks! Not sure how you stumbled across my blog but I’m glad it somehow has helped more than local students ^^

      On to your question (and if others can chime in with mod suggestions the reply button should suffice), I’m not sure what to advice other than rank which modules you’re really interested in and see how far you’re willing to give up some other modules for those you really wanna do. It’s true that some modules will clash – so then you swap out those modules which clash and are ranked lower in your own informal list for, well, other modules that don’t.

      I don’t have knowledge of all that modules that will be offered next sem (I mean there’s a list somewhere but I’ve not looked through it) or their precise timetables (because sometimes there are changes as the new semester begins. The timing you’ll be joining us is semester 1 of Acacdemic Year 18/19 so things might not be that firmed up as of now. That said (ignoring timetable stuff as I’ve qualified above already), the more popular General Modules would probably be Public Speaking…maybe modules on music history or something about the piano? Haha I’m not very good at this since I’ve not taken many popular modules, but maybe others will have better suggestions. Or you can take a language module if you’re so inclined…or maybe other computing modules that don’t have m(any) prerequisites.

      One last thing – as an exchange student you might find that not many Singaporean students chat with ya outside of tutorials or lectures, and it can get quite lonely at times. Varsity Christian Fellowship (VCF) has an International Friendship Group to extend some hospitality to exchange students – a few times a sem they’ll organize events like taking them out to Botanic Gardens or celebrating some random festival at someone’s house. You can check out their Facebook page here (https://www.facebook.com/nusinternationalfriendshipgroup/) if you’d like – it’s not much, honestly, but I hope it helps in easing your transition when you’re here!

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