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6.02 Course Information
Requirements satisfied: 1/2 Institute Lab.
The problem sets involve programming; they require knowledge of Python at the level of 6.00 or 6.01.
This course introduces several concepts in electrical engineering and computer science using digital communication systems as the vehicle. More...
MW 2-3 pm in 32-123: Professors Alex Megretski and George Verghese.
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 - 2330||Mon - Thu|
|0900 - 1700||Fri|
|1300 - 2330||Sun|
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?!
The lecturers and recitation instructors have office hours as
listed in the table below:
||Email at mit.edu
(Office Hour:Tue 2:30-3:30pm in 10-178)
(Office Hour: T6 in 38-530)
Tue 4-5:30pm at 36-112
(Office Hour: W10 in 32D-616)
(Office Hour: T2-4pm in 36-660C)
(Office Hour: W11 at 32-G422)
(check lab hours link)
|Lenin Ravindranth Sivalingam
|Eduardo Sverdlin Lisker
|Lyne Tchapmi Petse
|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.
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.
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.
Your final grade will be determined as follows:
Three quizzes for a total of 52%:
Quiz 1: 17%
Nine PSets: 5% each, for a total of 45%
Quiz 2: 18%
Quiz 3: 17%
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.