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 - 11:45pm||Mon - Thu|
|9:00am - 5:15pm||Fri|
|1:00pm - 11:45pm||Sun|
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?!
|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 midnight on Thursday of the following week (note midnight,
not 6:00am the next day!). Solutions will be available a few days
after the due date, once you have submitted the assignment online.
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
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
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.
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.