CMSC 424 Section 0101 Fall 2004
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CMSC 420; and permission of department.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to database systems and
motivate the database approach as a mechanism for modeling the real world.
The course will cover in depth the relational model, logical
database design, query languages, and other database concepts including
query optimization, concurrency control, transaction management, and log based crash
recovery. Distributed and Web architecture databases will also be discussed.
Class meets TuTh 11:00-12:15,
Room CSI 1122
Professor: Nick Roussopoulos
Mo 12:30-1:30 Tue 12:45-1:30 or by appointment
Office AVW 3235, Tel. 405-2687
TA:Walid Gomaa Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Wed: 12:30 - 1:30, Thur: 4-5
TA office AVW 1151 (3204) Phone: 405-7388
TA's Announcements and System Material
READING & PREPARING FOR THE COURSE
Lecture slides 1-70 (pdf file)
Lecture slides 71-187 (pdf file)
Lecture slides 1-187 with slides 71, 84, and 112 modified
to match how we did them in class (pdf file)
Lecture slides 188-225
Lecture slides 226-248
Database Design Methodology with a simplified example
Paper of the Database design methodology
and a sample project in the CS library
Assignment 1: Due 9/21/2004
Query Processing Assignment: Due 11/30/2004
Solutions to Query Processing Assignment to be posted Tuesday 12/7/2004
READING AND PREPARING FOR THE EXAMS
Required text: Korth & Silberschatz "Database System Concepts," Fourth Edition, McGraw Hill 2001.
I HIGHLY recommend reading ahead from the text and the notes even if you don't understand
most of the concepts. This gives you a big advantage in understanding the material while
covered in class and it saves enormously when you read the material and do the
practice exersizes below for the course and the exams.
Preparing for the Midterm- chapters:
Exersizes for practice:
7.2, 7.4, 7.5, 7.11, 7.12, 7.15, 7.16, 7.21 (optional), 7.23
12.1-12.4, 12.10, 12.16
13.5, 13.6, 13.8,
15.7, 15.8 (a,b), 15.10
A student's grading will be determined from homeworks
(5%), two SQL assignments (10%), a midterm (22%), a final exam (33%) and a project
(30%). The project requires analysis, design, development, implementation, and documentation
in three phases.
Phase I: Requirement Analysis and System Analysis;
Phase II: Schema and Application Program design; and Phase III: Implementation followed by a demo.
Make-up policy: No make-up exam will be given except for medical and
Delayed work: No delayed work will be accepted, unless accompanied by
a doctor's note.
Cheating: If caught in a cheating situation your database transactions
will be aborted!
Excused Absenses Due to Illness
A student claiming a excused absence must apply in writing and furnish
documentary support (such as from a health care professional who treated
the student) for any assertion that the absence qualifies as an excused
absence. The support should explicitly indicate the dates or times the
student was incapacitated due to illness. Self-documentation of illness
is not itself sufficient support to excuse the absence. This instructor
is not under obligation to offer a substitute assignment or to give a
student a make-up assessment unless the failure to perform was due to
an excused absence.