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.
Dr. Jessica Lin
Office: Engineering Building 4419
jessica [AT] cs [DOT] gmu [DOT] edu
Wednesday 2-4pm or by appointment
TA Muzammil Sagheer
Office Hours: TBA
Office: Engineering Building 4456
Krug Hall 242
- 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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
Management Systems" 3rd Edition, by Ramakrishnan and Gehrke
Recommended: Oracle 10g Programming: A Primer by Sunderraman, Addison-Wesley, 2008
of Database Systems
Ch.2: Introduction to Database Design
Ch.3: The Relational Model
Ch.4: Relational Algebra
Ch.6: Database Application Development
Ch.8: Storage and Indexing
Ch.10: Tree-Structured Indexing
Ch.19: Schema Refinement and Normal Forms
Note: If time permits, more
chapters will be added.