5 Inductive and Deductive Arguments

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Assignment 3: Inductive and Deductive Arguments

In this assignment, you will apply key concepts covered in the module readings. You will identify the component parts of arguments and differentiate between various types of arguments such as strict, loose, inductive, and deductive. You will then construct specific, original arguments.

There are two parts to the assignment. Complete both parts. The following is a summary of the assignment tasks.

Part 1

  • 1a: Identify Components of Arguments
    Identify the component parts of the argument, premises and conclusion, for the passages. Where applicable, highlight key words or phrases that identify a claim as a premise or a conclusion. Part 1a has three questions.
  • 1b: Identify Arguments as Strict or Loose
    Identify the arguments as strict or loose for given passages. 1b has four questions.
  • 1c: Identify Arguments as Inductive or Deductive
    Identify the arguments as inductive or deductive for given passages. 1c has three questions.

Part 2

  • 2a: Argument Analysis and Diagram
    Research the list and diagram structure using your textbook readings for the module. Apply the method to (a) outline and (b) diagram the arguments in the given longer text passages. Model your answers on the examples of diagrammed arguments in the textbook and the sample diagrams provided.
  • 2b: Constructing Original Arguments
    Construct one original inductive argument. Then, construct one original deductive argument.
  • 2c: Finding Native Argument Examples
    Find one example of an argument from contemporary media; this can be a short argument. Include or reproduce the original passage of the argument, paraphrase the conclusion(s), and identify the argument as either inductive or deductive.

Download details for this assignment here and respond to each item thoroughly.

Submit your assignment in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M1_A3.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.

By Wednesday, October 9, 2013, deliver your assignment to the M1: Assignment 3 Dropbox.

Assignment 3 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Identified and explained types and component parts of arguments displaying analysis and application of research.
30
Accurately created diagrams of arguments reflecting comprehension, analysis of information, and critical thinking.
20
Constructed original arguments demonstrating in-depth understanding of concepts.
20
Evaluated instances from contemporary media to identify arguments as representative of inductive or deductive reasoning.
14
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
16
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