George Mason University
  Department of Computer Science

CS 450 - Database Concepts

Dr. Jessica Lin

Fall 2015


Course Description

This course covers basics to intermediate knowledge for the design, implementation, and use of relational database systems. The main topics include the relational data model, Entity-Relationship (ER) model for database design, Relational Algebra, SQL, database programming, functional dependencies and normalization, and indexing. Students will practice to design, develop, and implement a relational ORACLE database and use the database for queries, transaction processing, and report generation.


Dr. Jessica Lin 

Office: Engineering Building 4419
Phone: 703-993-4693
Email: jessica [AT] cs [DOT] gmu [DOT] edu
Office Hours:  TBA


 Yuyang Gao
 ygao13 [AT] gmu [DOT] edu
 Office Hours: TBA


Innovation Hall 206

Course Outcomes

  • Knowledge of fundamental concepts of file and database management.
  • Knowledge of database design principles, and ability to model real-world environments using the ER model.
  • Knowledge of the formal principles of the relational database model and its query languages, and ability to design relational databases and express queries in the relational algebra and calculus.
  • Knowledge of the Structured Query Language (SQL) and database programming principles, and ability to author SQL queries and implement Java database applications using the Oracle database system.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of the mathematical theory of database design, and ability to design databases that adhere to Boyce-Codd Normal Form.
  • Experience in the complete database creative process: from database design, to database constuction, to database programming.


C or better in CS 310 (Data Structures) and CS 330 (Formal Methods and Models)


Assignments: 15%
Project: 20%

Midterms: 30%
Final: 35%


There will be two midterm exams and one final exam covering lectures and readings. All exams will be in class, closed book. The final exam is comprehensive. Exams must be taken at the scheduled time and place, unless prior arrangement has been made with the instructor. Missed exams cannot be made up

Honor Code Statement

The GMU Honor Code is in effect at all times. In addition, the CS Department has further honor code policies regarding programming projects, which are detailed here. Any deviation from both the GMU and CS department Honor Code is considered an Honor Code violation. All assignments for this class are individual unless otherwise specified.


 Required: Database System Concepts, 6th Edition, by Silberschatz, Korth and Sudarshan.

Recommended: Oracle 10g Programming: A Primer by Sunderraman, Addison-Wesley, 2008

Part 1: Relational Databases

Ch.1: Introduction
Ch.2: Introduction to the Relational Model
Ch.3-5: SQL
Ch.6: Formal Relational Query Languages (Relational Algebra)

Part 2: Database Design

Ch.7: Database Design and the E-R Model
Ch.8: Relational Database Design
Ch.9: Application Design and Development
Ch.11: Indexing and Hashing

Note: If time permits, more chapters will be added.

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