Who Can Post IAP For-Credit
How to Determine Units for
IAP Credit Subjects
How Often Should a Class
Safety and Liability
Rooms and AV Equipment
How to Post IAP Subjects
Also see the following pages:
Role of IAP Coordinator
/ IAP Administrator
Using the Posting
Form for Credit Subjects
Dates to Remember
Reserving Rooms /
Post / Revise Your
ORGANIZING FOR-CREDIT SUBJECTS
The information below is provided for IAP subject organizers and
includes details on organizer eligibility, determining credit units,
class scheduling, safety and liability, reserving rooms and equipment,
and subject posting instructions.
If you wish to bypass this information and begin using the IAP
posting system, go to the Post/Revise
Your IAP Activity or Subject page.
Who Posts IAP Credit Subjects?
Subjects offered for academic credit must be sponsored by an MIT
academic department and must have faculty supervision. Only the
academic department's authorized IAP administrator may post a for-credit
subject. For a current list of designated IAP administrators for
academic departments, go to the
IAP Sponsoring Groups and Authorized Users page.
How to Determine Units for IAP Credit Subjects
1 unit = 1 hour per week x 13 weeks of fall or spring term = 13
How often should a class meet?
- Leader determines distribution of hours over 4 weeks of IAP
- 19 class days and 1 holiday (Martin Luther King Day) in IAP
- Final exam within IAP (no examination period)
- Hours should match units listed in the MIT Bulletin
- While unit breakdowns in the MIT Bulletin do not represent IAP
weekly loads, they provide the ratio of scheduled hours to outside
work, such as:
- 1/2 (seminar with 2-0-4 units)
- 1/3 (subject with 3-0-9 units)
- If units are to be arranged, they should follow typical ratios
of scheduled hours to outside work. It might be helpful to review
some examples from a previous IAP.
When setting a schedule, determine a reasonable load of class and
lab hours with enough time for outside work hours.
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Safety and Liability
Institute Guidelines for health, safety, and legal regulations,
as well as policies for the use of MIT facilities, must be met for
all activities. The Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Office
must be consulted if your subject or activity involves any of the
- high voltage
- pressure vessels
- large balloon
- use of hazardous materials, equipment, or machinery
- open flames
- hazardous wastes
- public art displays or performances
- building, tower, or bridge construction on MIT property
- anything that might endanger life, limb, sight, or hearing of
participants or bystanders.
For more information on safety, go to the Environment,
Health, and Safety (EHS) Office web site.
Reserving Rooms and Audio-Visual Equipment
Subject organizers are responsible for scheduling and reserving
rooms for their classes; listing a location on the IAP subject posting
form does not reserve the room. Organizers also assume responsibility
for ordering audio-visual equipment when needed.
For detailed information on reserving rooms and renting AV equipment
for IAP subjects, go to the Room Reservation
/ Audio-Visual Information page.
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Posting an IAP Subject
- Before you attempt to post a subject, you must obtain posting
authorization from IAP staff.
To determine if you already have posting authority, please check
Sponsoring Groups and Authorized Users list. If you are
not the authorized IAP Administrator for your area or have questions
about submitting subjects, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- IAP '10 for-credit subjects must be submitted and posted electronically.
In order to post subjects, you must first have your personal
certificate. If you don't have a certificate, you may
obtain one by going to the MIT
WebSIS - Student Information System. Note that you must
first have a MIT username with password (generally this is your
MIT Kerberos ID)
- For detailed information on using the online IAP subject posting
system, including how to post a new subject or rollover a subject
from a prior year, go to the Using
the IAP Posting Form for Credit Subjects page.
- Once you have completed your online subject posting form you
may submit it for review. When your subject has been approved,
it will automatically be posted in the online IAP 2010 Guide.
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