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The Structure of Mission 2011
Solving Complex Problems (12.000) meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 4 pm. Depending on the nature of each day's class, the meeting may take place in a standard lecture hall with fixed seating (32-123 Stata Center) or a room with tables and chairs that can be moved (50-340 Walker Memorial, entrance near Pritchett Grill).

The Final Class Meetings

Wednesday, November 28: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 32-123

Friday, November 30: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 34-101

Monday, December 3: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m 34-101

Final Presentation Dec. 4: 6:45pm in 32-123

Wednesday, December 5: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 26-100

Meeting Structure

Other than the initial Introductory meeting, there are five different meeting types: Information Sessions, Case Study Sessions, Team Meetings, Coordination Meetings, and Freeform Sessions.

  1. Information Sessions are special meetings of the entire class to learn about research techniques, teamwork strategies, and presentation skills.
  2. Case Study Sessions provide an opportunity for the class to discuss various aspects of fisheries and their depletion, as well as imp[lications for the future of humanity.
  3. Team Meetings are weekly opportunities for teams to meet to "brainstorm" in independent work sessions.
  4. Coordination Meetings are whole-section meetings designed to enable the coordination of team-design strategies in advance of the final section solutions.
  5. Freeform Sessions are formal meetings of special-interest groups that develop as the semester progresses.
  6. Mini-Project Sessions involve two teams each involved in one of five possible activities: instruction in (1) GIS; (2) developing library research skills; (3) communicating with wiki's; (4) discussing the book Cod; or (5) having a first team meeting.