|30% for Exams (two @ 15% each)|
|5% for Hands-ons|
|40%:||Communication + System design and analysis|
|5% for the DP prep assignment|
|10% for DP preliminary report + DP presentation|
|20% for DP report|
|5% for the DP peer review|
|20% for recitation participation|
|5% for communication participation|
Each assignment supports the objectives of 6.033 in various ways.
Exams: One exam is held during the term. A second exam will be scheduled during finals week. Each exam will focus on half of the class' material, but keep in mind that later topics in 6.033 build heavily upon the earlier topics. The exams will test material from lectures, recitations, and the assigned reading, and let us test whether students have mastered the technical material.
Hands-ons: During some weeks, you will be expected to complete a hands-on experiment that requires a computer and sometimes the Internet. These assignments reinforce some of the abstract concepts from the lectures or papers that week, and let you find out how things really work.
The 6.033 staff have worked with the MIT Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP) program for more than ten years to design 6.033 writing and speaking assignments. We have chosen assignments that are similar to the kinds of writing you will do in the engineering workplace: preliminary reports, final reports, and presentations. Communication assignments are designed to help you conceptualize and develop the design project.
The primary assignment in 6.033 is the design project (DP). This project is where the students get to design their own system, which is the primary objective of this course.
The DP requires you to develop a detailed system design to solve a real-world problem. This project will extend over most of the semester, and will be done in teams of three students, all of whom attend the same writing tutorial (with exceptions only for extenuating circumstances). Real-world systems are not built individually; it's always a team effort. Part of the DP is to learn to work productively and effectively in this setting. We will give you tools for doing so in the writing tutorials.
The DP consists of multiple deliverables: a prep assignment,
preliminary report, oral presentation, final report, and peer
review. The Design Project page gives more
detail about the DP deliverables, team assignments, etc.
Our recitations are discussion-based, and we expect you to be
engaged and participate. Participating in a recitation means:
We will assign the participation grade at the end of the
semester. So that you know where you stand throughout the class, we
will you three preliminary participation grades (one about a quarter
into the semester, one about halfway through, and one three quarters
into the semester). We know that getting graded on participation can
be stressful in some ways, so we've put together
some more details to explain
more about our philosophy and how you'll be graded.
A portion of your participation grade will also be based on your
participation in writing tutorials and on your understanding of
communication concepts and skills, as demonstrated by your work on
the design project and evaluated by your communication
If you're unable to hand in an assignment on time, or unable to attend
an exam, please talk to Dr. LaCurts. We'll work with
you and S3 to come up with a
plan. Note that some of the design-project materials have their own
late policy, which will be explicitly posted on each assignment.
Our recitations are discussion-based, and we expect you to be engaged and participate. Participating in a recitation means:
We will assign the participation grade at the end of the semester. So that you know where you stand throughout the class, we will you three preliminary participation grades (one about a quarter into the semester, one about halfway through, and one three quarters into the semester). We know that getting graded on participation can be stressful in some ways, so we've put together some more details to explain more about our philosophy and how you'll be graded.
A portion of your participation grade will also be based on your participation in writing tutorials and on your understanding of communication concepts and skills, as demonstrated by your work on the design project and evaluated by your communication instructor.
If you miss an assignment deadline, you should still hand in the
assignment; we'll give you feedback even though we won't give you
credit for your final grade. Furthermore, doing assignments is the
best way to prepare for exams and design project. Unless otherwise
specified, assignments are due at 5:00pm on their assigned due-date
(hands-ons are due at 11:59pm).
All recitation sections meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The
times specified are in the Eastern timezone.
All tutorial sections meet on Fridays at the specified time.
Recitation + Tutorial Schedule
All recitation sections meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The times specified are in the Eastern timezone.
All tutorial sections meet on Fridays at the specified time.
You may not collaborate on exams. On hands-ons, it's okay to discuss ideas with your classmates, but you should not be collaborating on the actual answers. Take the UNIX hands-on for example: it's okay to talk to your classmates about what pipes are, it's not okay to work together to come up with a command that gives a long listing of the smallest give files in the /etc directory whose name contains the string ".conf", sorted by increasing file size (i.e., the solution to one of the first questions).
On all writing assignments you are welcome to discuss ideas with others, but your writing should be your own and you should acknowledge all contributions of ideas by others, whether from classmates or from papers you have read.
To contact the course staff as a whole, please use Piazza unless you need to email a staff member individually. You can post a private question on Piazza if you do not want your communication to be visible to the other students in the class.
|Lecturer||Katrina LaCurts||lacurts at mit.edu|
|Recitation Instructors||Mohammad Alizadeh||alizadeh at mit.edu|
|Hari Balakrishnan||hari at csail.mit.edu|
|Henry Corrigan-Gibbs||henrycg at csail.mit.edu|
|Michael Cafarella||michjc at mit.edu|
|Mark Day||mday at mit.edu|
|Samuel DeLaughter||samd at mit.edu|
|John Feser||feser at mit.edu|
|Farnaz Jahanbakhsh||farnazj at mit.edu|
|Larry Rudolph||rudolph at csail.mit.edu|
|Howard Shrobe||hes at csail.mit.edu|
|Karen Sollins||sollins at csail.mit.edu|
|WRAP Instructors||Atissa Banuazizi||atissa at mit.edu|
|Amy Carleton||amymarie at mit.edu|
|Mary Caulfield||mcaulf at mit.edu|
|Laura McKee||lmckee at mit.edu|
|Thomas Pickering||tpick at mit.edu|
|Juergen Schoenstein||juergen at mit.edu|
|Jessie Stickgold-Sarah||jmss at mit.edu|
|Linda Sutliff||lsutliff at mit.edu|
|Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze||rtb at mit.edu|
|Michael Trice||mtrice at mit.edu|
||Avital Baral||abaral at mit.edu|
|Johnny Bui||jbui at mit.edu|
|Amir Farhat||amirf at mit.edu|
|Nick Kaashoek||nicolaas at mit.edu|
|Evan Kim||evankim at mit.edu|
|Felipe Monsalve||monsalve at mit.edu|
|Christabel Sitienei||sitienei at mit.edu|
|Ming Wang||mingwang at mit.edu|
|Rachel Wei||rachywei at mit.edu|
|Wesley Woo||weswoo at mit.edu|
|Phi Xu||helenxu at mit.edu|
|Yunyi Zhu||yunyizhu at mit.edu|
||Jay Lang||jaytlang at mit.edu|
|Joshua Lee||jlee2022 at mit.edu|
|Meenal Parakh||meenalp at mit.edu|
|Katherine Xiao||klxiao at mit.edu|
|Yang Yan||yangilga at mit.edu|