Frequently asked questions

Q1) Is this course on-campus? Is it online? How does the online component work?

Spring Online (weekly lecture videos, course communication via Slack and Piazza)

Fall This course is run both on-campus and online.

Students in the Cambridge area can attend the weekly, live lecture held on Harvard's campus. Students taking the course remotely will have access lecture videos.

Refer to HES's page on course formats for more details....

Q2) How much time will I need to devote to this course?

This question is difficult to answer as it depends on many factors: how much previous experience you have, how quickly you pick up on technical topics, and most importantly, how much you want to push yourself on your projects.

If you'd still like a rough number, though, I'll defer to the classic college estimate: students should spend roughly 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour in class.

Q3) I have to miss [x] lecture(s). Will this be a problem?

There are no point deductions in this course for missing lectures. Each student is responsible for their own attendance.

For more details regarding missed quizzes or late projects due to absences see the section on grading.

Please also read the Attendance section under Student Responsibilities for more details.

Q4) You recommend using [x] software— is it okay if I use [y] software?

Please see the section Choosing to use other tools, languages or services under Software.