Fall 2014

6.02 Calendar
Course info
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6.02 only:
* Online grades
* PSets:
* Help queue
* Lab Hours
* Staff only

6.02 Course Information

Units 12 (4-4-4)
Requirements satisfied: 1/2 Institute Lab.
Prerequisites 18.03, 6.01.
The problem sets involve programming; they require knowledge of Python at the level of 6.00 or 6.01.
Course objectives This course introduces several concepts in electrical engineering and computer science using digital communication systems as the vehicle. More...
Lectures MW 2-3 pm in 32-123: Professors Alex Megretski and George Verghese.
1TR 1036-112Prof. Victor ZueOtitochi Mbwagu
2TR 1136-112Prof. Victor ZueXue Feng
3TR 1035-308Prof. Mujdat CetinEduardo Sverdlin Lisker
4TR 1135-308Prof. Mujdat CetinElaine Han
5TR 1236-112Prof. Lizhong ZhengLenin Ravindranth Sivalingam
6TR 136-112Prof. Lizhong ZhengLeighton Barnes
7TR 236-112Dr. Babak AyazifarLyne Tchapmi Petse
8TR 336-112Dr. Babak AyazifarSungWon Chung

Piazza: We'll use the 6.02 piazza forum (opens in new tab) for Q&A and other discussions regarding the course. Please sign up, and check that page regularly.

Lab hours: The TAs and LAs will be available in the afternoons and evenings in the 6.02 lab, 38-530. The staffing schedule is posted on the Lab Hours page on the course website. The lab has 100 debathena workstations (or, BYOL -- bring your own laptop). The lab is open during the following hours:

0900 - 2330Mon - Thu
0900 - 1700Fri
1300 - 2330Sun

There are special hours during holidays and breaks -- see the schedule posted in the lab for more details.

It's possible to successfully complete all the lab tasks on your own computer without coming to the lab (you'll need to install all the required software, of course), using Piazza or coming to the lab during the posted hours to resolve your questions.

You may also email 6.02-help at mit dot edu, but we prefer Piazza. Did you remember to sign up?!

Staff The lecturers and recitation instructors have office hours as listed in the table below:
Duties Name Email at mit.edu Office Phone
Lectures George Verghese verghese 10-140K
(Office Hour:Tue 2:30-3:30pm in 10-178)
Alex Megretski ameg 32-D730
(Office Hour: T6 in 38-530)
Recitations Babak Ayazifar babak 38-451
Tue 4-5:30pm at 36-112
Mujdat Cetin mcetin 32D-616
(Office Hour: W10 in 32D-616)
Lizhong Zheng lizhong 36-660
(Office Hour: T2-4pm in 36-660C)
(617) 452-2941
Victor Zue zue 32-G422
(Office Hour: W11 at 32-G422)
(check lab hours link)
Leighton Barnes lbarnes -- --
SungWon Chung sungwon -- --
Max Dunitz mdunitz -- --
Xue Feng xfeng -- --
Elaine Han elaineh3 -- --
Otitochi Mbwagu otitochi -- --
Lenin Ravindranth Sivalingam leninr -- --
Eduardo Sverdlin Lisker
(Head TA)
sverdlin -- --
Lyne Tchapmi Petse lynetcha -- --
(check lab
hours link)
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Readings For course notes, lecture slides, and practice problems, click on the "Handouts" link on the left. Much of this will overlap with the OCW capture of the Fall 2012 offering of 6.02.
PSets There are nine problem sets (PSets), posted more-or-less weekly on the web site most Wednesdays. Each PSet is due on the date specified in it; usually that's midnight the following Wednesday (we'll let that deadline slide to 6 am the following Thursday morning in keeping with MIT tradition). Solutions will be available a few days after the due date, once you have submitted the assignment online. See the course calendar for the specific dates.

Each PSet includes problems that involve writing Python code, so be sure to start early and leave enough time to debug your implementation before the due date. There will be six checkoff interviews during the semester, lasting 15-20 minutes each on average, which you must complete with your assigned TA on or before the dates specified on the problem set. Your TA will contact you to schedule these interviews.

Completing the interviews is a pre-requisite for passing the course. A missing interview will result in a failing grade; we will not grant "incompletes" for missing interviews.

After your PSet has been graded, your score and any comments from the grader can be viewed online by browsing the PSet. If you have any questions or concerns about the grading, contact your TA.

Please note that working through the PSets (and other practice problems we provide) is the best way to test your understanding of what we teach and to prepare for the quizzes.

Late policy: You may use up to five extension days (in total) over the course of the semester for the nine PSets, apportioned in any way. To claim an extension day, click on the "student extension" button associated with the PSet, on the "Online grades" link. For any other late PSets, your score will be multiplied by 0.5; moreover, you must submit it within 7 days of the original due date to get any credit.

If you have a note from Student Support Services, please see your TA or one of the course lecturers. For all other circumstances (interview trips, sporting events, performances, overwork, etc.) you may use your extensions. If these days are not enough, please contact your TA.

Collaboration policy: The PSets must be done individually. You may get help from the course staff and other students on the underlying material in the PSets, but the work you hand in must be your own. In particular, you must not copy another person's solution, code, or other work. Someone telling you the solution to a problem is also not acceptable. Copying another person's work or allowing your work to be copied by others is a serious academic offense and will be treated as such. We will spot-check your submissions using a software utility, as well as manually, for cheating, so please don't tempt fate by submitting someone else's work as your own; it will save us all a lot of grief.

Quizzes There are three quizzes, scheduled as follows:
    Quiz 1: October 10, 2013 (Th), 7:30-9:30 pm. Location: 26-100
    Quiz 2: November 12, 2013 (Tu), 7:30-9:30 pm. Location: 26-100
    Quiz 3: December 18, 2013, 9am-12noon. Location: du Pont

Mulligan option: Each quiz is 2 hours long, including Quiz 3. However, during the third hour of the 6.02 final exam time slot, we may offer a mulligan, or "do-over" option, for one or more parts of the previous quizzes that we believe have not gone well for many students. The mulligan is optional; if we offer it, the score used will be the larger of the original score and the mulligan score for the parts of the quizzes for which the mulligan is offered. Note that we will determine whether a mulligan will be offered after Quiz 2 has been graded, but before the drop date. Skipping the mulligan will not reduce your grade.

Participation We expect you to attend all lectures and recitations, unless there are pressing or unforeseen conflicts. Conflicts that are persistent (e.g., registering for another class at the same time and "splitting" attendance between them) are not excused. Attending recitations is not merely optional. Things we teach in lecture and recitation are fair game on quizzes and problem sets.

To assess and encourage participation, recitations (and perhaps some lectures) will include simple "spot questions" that we will ask from time to time. Over the duration of the term, between lectures and recitations, we anticipate many dozens of such questions; if you pay a little attention, answering them will be trivial. At the end of the term we will take your responses to all these questions into consideration to assess a participation score, which will count toward a small portion (3%) of the overall grade.

If you miss a few lectures and recitations, it shouldn't materially affect this score. If you miss more, it probably will, and may affect your grade if you end up at the border between two letter grades.

Grading Your final grade will be determined as follows:
    Three quizzes for a total of 52%:
      Quiz 1: 17%
      Quiz 2: 18%
      Quiz 3: 17%
    Nine PSets: 5% each, for a total of 45%
    Participation in recitations and lecture: 3% (cf. spot questions)

To see your scores, use the "Online grades" link in the nav bar on the left.