CMSC 424 Section 0101 Fall 2007

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. The class project requires a complete analysis, design, and implementation of a database application.

CLASS & OFFICE HOURS
Class meets TuTh 12:30-1:45pm,   Room CSI 1122  
Professor: Nick Roussopoulos
Email:
Office hours: Mo 1-2 pm or by appointment
EXTRA Office hour for Midterm: Wed 10-10-2007 1-2 pm
Office AVW 3235, Tel. 405-2687

TA: Sam Huang
Email: Email:
Office hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 3-4:30
Office: AVW 1112
* TA's Announcements and Course Material
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Class Accounts on Grace
JOB OPPORTUNITIES
HOMEWORKS
3-4 Homeworks and 2 SQL Query assignments will be given
* Homework 1: Due 9-18-2007
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Solutions to Homework 1
* Homework on Query Processing: Due 12-4-2007
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Solutions to Query Processing Homework

READING & PREPARING FOR THE COURSE
Course Syllabus (dates are approximate)
Lecture Slides 1-107 Grayscale
Lecture Slides 108-169 Grayscale
Lecture Slides 170-232
Lecture Slides 233-257
Lecture Slides 258-283
Lecture Slides 284-322
READING & PREPARING FOR THE MIDTERM
Chapters: 1,2,3, 5-5.2, 6, 7-7.5 (except 7.4.3), 11 and Lecture notes
Last Semester's Midterm
Midterm Solutions
READING & PREPARING FOR THE FINAL (comprehensive)
Reading & Practicing for the Final:
All the midterm readings and the following (ranges X-Y include both endpoints X and Y)
chapters 4-4.5, 12, 13 (except of hybrid hash join), 14-14.4.3, 15-15.5.2, 15.8-15.9, 16.1-16.1.3, 16.6-16.6.3.2, 16.8, 17.4, 17.7,
9-9.3, 18-18.2.2, 18.3, 20-20.3, and Lecture notes
Last Semester's Final
PROJECT INFO
Oracle 10 Online Documentation
Project Description
The DB Methodology Slides with the OlympicChronicle Example - Phases I-III
A complete Project (Sample)
Another Database Design example
TEXT BOOK
Required text: Korth & Silberschatz "Database System Concepts," 5th Edition, McGraw Hill 2005. Note the CD version of the book is NOT required.
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 of the book.
GRADING
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 emergency reasons.
  • 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
    Students 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. An 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. An excused absence for an individual typically does not translate into an extension for team deliverables on a project.
    DISABILITY
    Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide, to the instructor in office hours, a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) within the first two weeks of the semester.