Grading & Expectations
Although your final grade for 12.000 will be a pass (P) or will not appear on your record at all (NR), you should know that your instructors for this subject will not judge your work as passing or failing. On the grade sheet that you will receive at the end of the semester you'll see an actual grade, but as stated before, it doesn't appear on your permanent record. The grade is an important message from your instructors to you, and it reflects how closely you met their (and your) expectations. We understand that everyone will participate in different ways and some will be much more vocal than others. If you don't participate you’ll be letting down your team and the entire class. It is hard to fail 12.000 but it can be done if you never show up for team meetings or class.
In our second class, we will divide the class into teams, each of which will be charged with proposing a component for the final plan on Future of Natural Resources.
After a few introductory classes you will enter the "research phase" of 12.000, which is expected to be be complete by Thanksgiving. Each team will be assigned one or two undergraduate teaching fellows (UTF's) and one or more Alumni Mentors to serve as information resources. The UTF's, all of whom are veterans of 12.000, can give you tips on how best to work toward a successful conclusion. The Alumni Mentors can provide more general suggestions as to how they tackled complex problems like those posed in Mission 2016. An important aspect of 12.000 is its emphasis on teamwork. Consequently, 70 percent of your grade depends on the performance of your team and the class as a whole, whereas the remaining 30 percent comes from your individual performance.
First, the class must create a content-rich web site to describe and justify its overall design. More details regarding the Project Web Site are located here. The web site should be completed by November 21.
Second, the class will make a final, one-two hour, oral presentation of its solution on November 28, 2012. This presentation will be open to the entire MIT community and will be broadcast over the internet. In addition, a panel of experts will be invited to attend the presentation and to critique the presentation in open forum. Because it is logistically difficult for everyone to speak during the presentation, the staff recommends the class elect a "presentation committee" that will choreograph and present the final broadcast. The committee should not bear sole responsibility for the work involved in developing the presentation: pull your weight!
Individual Grade Component
Thirty percent of your grade reflects how well you, as an individual, met the expectations of the teaching staff over the course of the semester. They expect that you will: