Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1 hour / session
Solving Complex Problems is designed to be a predominantly self-paced, active learning experience. There are no lectures and no problem sets. During the first week of classes, students are divided into ten teams, each of which is responsible for some aspect of the overall design. Each team is assigned one or more Alumni Mentors and one or two Upperclass Teaching Fellows (UTFs).
Course Introduction by Prof. Kip Hodges.
Alumni Mentors are former MIT students who volunteer their time and expertise to serve as information resources for students in 12.000. Their role is not to suggest solutions, but to act as a sounding board for ideas developed by the students and to guide them toward appropriate strategies for making well-informed decisions.
UTFs are MIT sophomores, juniors, and seniors – typically alumni of 12.000 – who act as coaches for the teams. Their roles are to help the students develop effective teams, to encourage cross-team communication, and to facilitate inter-team coordination.
There are four types of class meetings:
Based on staff and expert panel evaluations of the final presentation and web site, the entire class will receive a class grade. Similarly, each team will be given a grade based on how well it satisfied its responsibilities, as will each student. The final 12.000 grade for each student will be computed as the weighted mean of the class grade (40%), his or her team’s grade (30%), and his or her individual grade (30%).