George Mason University
        Department of Computer Science

CS 450 - Database Concepts

Dr. Jessica Lin

Spring 2008

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Dr. Jessica Lin 

Office: Science & Technology II, Room 453

Phone: 703-993-4693

Email: jessica [AT] cs [DOT] gmu [DOT] edu

Office Hours: TBA 


 Huaming Liu

 Email:  hliu5 [AT] gmu [DOT] edu

 Office Hours: TBA


Innovation Hall 134


C or better in CS 310 and CS 330


Assignment/Project: 35%
Quiz: 5%
Midterm: 25%
Final: 35%


Quizzes will be given in the beginning of the class. They may or may not be announced in advance. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped at the end of the semester. There will be a midterm exam and a final exam covering lectures and readings (both will be in class, closed book). The final exam (comprehensive) includes topics covered in the entire semester. Exams must be taken at the scheduled time and place. Missed exams cannot be made up.

Honor Code Statement

Please be familiar with the GMU Honor Code. Any deviation from this is considered an Honor Code violation. All assignments for this class are individual unless otherwise specified.

Tentative Topics
Ch.1: Overview of Database Systems
Ch.2: Introduction to Database Design
Ch.3: The Relational Model
Ch.4: Relational Algebra
Ch.5: SQL
Ch.8: Storage and Indexing
Ch.9:Storing Data: Disks and Files
Ch.10: Tree-Structured Indexing
Ch.11: Hash-Based Indexing
Ch.19: Schema Refinement and Normal Forms
Ch.26: Data Mining

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


"Database Management Systems" 3rd Edition
by Ramakrishnan and Gehrke

 Tentative Schedule - TBA