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School of Computer Science

University of Windsor
Lambton Tower 8115
401 Sunset Avenue Windsor, Ontario Canada N9B 3P4
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext:3767 Course Related:

Dr. Pierre J. Boulos

Office Hours

    A-O do not move -- write test in classroom
    P-Z DH Room 352
  • Problem Solving first lecture has been posted (Nov. 1)
  • Midterm Grades have been posted (below)
  • Assignment 3 has been posted.
  • Assignment 4 has been posted (Due: Dec. 6, 2005)
  • DECMBER 14: All grades recorded to date (December 14, 2005) have been posted -- some re-grades are not included
  • Good luck in your exams!!!!!

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About the Course

    This course is about processing information. We are continuously being bombarded with information on the Internet. In this course we will critically examine and categorize the information presented in cyberspace. We will do this by first grounding ourselves in certain theoretical frameworks. Among these frameworks will be: construction of knowledge and logic – deductive, inductive, modal. These frameworks will aid us in not only finding the information using technology; it will also aid us in determining what to do with the information once we have acquired it.


    Introduction to logic and critical appraisals.
    o Deduction
    o Induction and probabilistic reasoning
    o Analogous reasoning
    o Critical thinking in the computer age
    Introduction to problem solving and heuristics
    o How to solve problems
    o Coming up with the right strategies
    That’s Boole! Searching made easy
    o Using logic to pinpoint useful information
    When to trust the information you received
    o How to be critical of others’ work
    o How to be critical of your own work
    Asking the right questions. Tying it all together.

    Course Aims:

    (1) Become familiar with and understand logic and critical thinking. (2) Gain an understanding and appreciation of basic methods and concepts of problem solving. (3) Become familiar with critical appraisals and how this helps others as well as one’s own work.


    The required textbooks (which are packaged together at the Bookstore) for the course are:

    Asking the Right Questions. A Guide to Critical Thinking 7th Edition. Browne and Keeley (Prentice-Hall)
    Effective Problem Solving. Second Edition. Marvin Levine (Prentice-Hall)

    Lecture slides and other course-related information could be found on this course web site.

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    Evaluation Scheme

    Assessment of students taking 60-207 consists of various components. They will be weighted as follows in the calculation of the final grade. Note that the class test is held during the lecture time. The location of the final exam will be announced later.

    Individual assignments40% (4 assignments)
    In-Class Mid-term Tuesday, 25th October (in-class)
    Final Exam Saturday, 17th December, 2004 noon-3pm (3 hours)

    Students who wish to appeal a class-test, exam, or assignment mark should wait until they have received their final grade at the end of the semester and then follow the procedure outlined in the University Calendar for the appeal of that grade. No remarking of class tests or the final exam will be undertaken unless a formal grade appeal is submitted at the end of the semester after the student has received the final grade for the course. Numerical errors in adding marks on class tests and the final exam will be corrected when identified. There are no make-up tests or final exam in this course.

    The final letter grade will be calculated from the raw scores using the following table:

    93<100A+ 63<67C
    86< 93A 60< 63C-
    80< 86A- 57< 60D+
    77< 80B+ 53< 57D
    73< 77B 50< 53D-
    70< 73B- 35< 50F
    67< 70C +<35F-
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    Tentative Schedule

    Tentative course lecture schedule:

    WeekLecture TopicReading(s)
    1Introduction to the course. The Benefit of Asking the Right Questions.Chapter 1: Asking the Right Questions
    2What Are the Issue and the Conclusion?
    What Are the Reasons?
    Chapter 2: Asking the Right Questions
    3What Words or Phrases Are Ambiguous?
    What Are the Value Conflicts and Assumptions?
    Are There Any Fallacies in the Reasoning?
    Chapter 4,5,7: Asking the Right Questions
    4How Good Is the Evidence: Intuition, Appeals to Authority, and Testimonials?
    How Good Is the Evidence: Personal Observation, Case Studies, Research Studies, and Analogies?
    Chapter 8,9: Asking the Right Questions
    5Are There Rival Causes?
    Are the Statistics Deceptive?
    Chapter 10,11: Asking the Right Questions
    6What Significant Information Is Omitted?
    What Reasonable Conclusions Are Possible?
    Chapter 12,13: Asking the Right Questions
    7Review and Midterm Test
    8Getting Started in Problem SolvingSection I: Effective Problem Solving
    9Engaging ProblemsSection II: Effective Problem Solving
    10Special Features of Problems Section III: Effective Problem Solving
    11Lateral ThinkingSection IV: Effective Problem Solving
    12Constructive CriticismSection V: Effective Problem Solving

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    Lecture Notes (Requires PDF reader)

    Note: August 23 - Lecture Slides will be posted near the first week of classes.

    Week 1
    Week 1a
    Inference Stuff
    Week 2 (New)
    Language and more
    Fallacies (Part II)
    Examples -- EvidencePierre Boulos (Not available)
    Types/Introductory Problems
    Intimate Engagement
    Intimate Engagement Part II
    Problem Space
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    Tests/Final Exam

    • Click here for model answers for the midterm.
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    Assignment/Test Results and Grades

  • UNOFFICIAL final exam and final grade results (Winter 2005) can be found here.
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