Fall 2014

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 34-101: Dr. Katrina LaCurts and Prof. George Verghese.
1 TR 10 36-112 Prof. Victor Zue Evangelos Taratoris
2 TR 11 36-112 Prof. Victor Zue Pratiksha Thaker
3 TR 10 34-302 Prof. Vincent Chan Ellen Finch
4 TR 11 34-302 Prof. Vincent Chan Ameesh Goyal
5 TR 12 34-302 Prof. Srini Devadas Ravi Netravali
6 TR 1 34-302 Prof. Srini Devadas Quan Nguyen
7 TR 2 34-302 Prof. Yury Polyanskiy Ali AlShehab
8 TR 3 34-302 Prof. Yury Polyanskiy Max Dunitz

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:

9:00am - 11:45pmMon - Thu
9:00am - 5:15pmFri
1:00pm - 11:45pmSun

There are special hours during holidays and breaks -- see the schedule posted here for 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), and resolving your questions using Piazza or coming to the lab during the posted hours.

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 Office Phone
Lectures Katrina LaCurts lacurts@mit.edu 38-587
(Office Hour: Thu 2:30-3:30pm, or by appt; moved to Fri 3:00pm-5:00pm on 12/4)
George Verghese verghese@mit.edu 10-140K
(Office Hour: in lab, or by appt.)
Recitations Vincent Chan chan@mit.edu 36-545
(Office Hour: Mon 4-5 pm in 36-545)
Srini Devadas devadas@mit.edu 32-G844
(Office Hour: Tue 2-3 pm in 32-G844)
Yury Polyanskiy yp@mit.edu 32D-668
(Office Hour: Thu 4-5 pm in 32-D668)
Victor Zue zue@csail.mit.edu 32-G422
(Office hour: Tue 2-3 pm in 32-G422)
(check lab hours link)
Ali AlShehab alish@mit.edu -- --
Max Dunitz mdunitz@mit.edu -- --
Ellen Finch finche@mit.edu -- --
Ameesh Goyal ameesh@mit.edu -- --
Ravi Netravali ravinet@mit.edu -- --
Quan Nguyen qdnguyen@mit.edu -- --
Evangelos Taratoris evtara@mit.edu -- --
Pratiksha Thaker prthaker@mit.edu -- --
(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 ten problem sets (PSets), posted more-or-less weekly on the web site, typically on Mondays. Each PSet is due on the date specified in it; usually that's 11:45pm on Thursday of the following week (note 11:45pm, not 5:45am the next day!). 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 is divided between analysis/theory problems and tasks that involve exploring communication concepts using Python. You will have to write some of your own code, so be sure to start early and leave enough time to debug your implementation before the due date. There will be weekly checkoff interviews during the semester, lasting 10 minutes 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. An unexcused 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 an essential component in learning the material. They are also helpful 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 ten PSets, with a maximum of two days on any one PSet. 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 5 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.

Collaboration policy: We encourage you to work with other students in the class, as well as the course staff, to learn the underlying material. However, 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 7, 2014 (Tu), 7:30-9:30pm. Location: 50-340 (26-100 for overflow)
    Quiz 2: November 13, 2014 (Th), 7:30-9:30pm. Location: 50-340 (26-100 for overflow)
    Quiz 3: Week of December 15, 2014. Date, time, and location TBD.
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. Things we teach in lecture and recitation are fair game on quizzes and problem sets.

We expect you to be sufficiently engaged with the course staff (at least your recitation instructor and TA) to enable them to assign you a small portion (2%) of your overall grade for participation. This participation score can make a significant difference if you end up on the border between two letter grades.

Grading Your final grade will be determined as follows:
    Three quizzes for a total of 48%:
      Quiz 1: 16%
      Quiz 2: 16%
      Quiz 3: 16%
    Ten PSets: 5% each, for a total of 50%
    Participation in recitations and lecture: 2%

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