CS 450 - Database Concepts

Class Meetings: Thursday, 4:30 pm - 7:10 pm in Robinson Hall, Room A111.

Instructor: Dr Larry Kerschberg

Office Hours: Thursdays 1:00-3:30 PM, or by email appointment. Skype chats are also welcome by appointment.
Office: 4412 in the Nguyen Engineering Building.
Email: kersch@gmu.edu
Skype: kersch

GTA: Mr. Venkat Yerneni

Office Hours: TBD,
Office: 5321 in the Nguyen Engineering Building
Email: vyerneni@masonlive.gmu.edu
Skype: yernenivenkat

We will use Blackboard System for all postings of reading assignments, slides, homework assignments, class discussions, group projects, and email communication.

The GMU Honor Code is in effect at all times.

An expanded statement of the GMU Honor Code is posted here: http://www.gmu.edu/academics/catalog/9798/honorcod.html

The Computer Science Department's Honor Code is posted here: http://cs.gmu.edu/wiki/pmwiki.php/HonorCode/CSHonorCodePolicies.


Grade of "C" or better in CS 310 (Data Structures) and CS 330 (Formal Methods and Models).

Course Topics

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.

ABET Course Outcomes

Course Textbooks

(1) Elmasri and Navathe, Fundamentals of Database Systems, 6th ed., Addison Wesley, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-608620-8.

(2) Sunderraman, Oracle 10g Programming, A Primer, Addison-Wesley, 2008, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-46304-3.

Grading Policy

Your final grade will be determined by your performance as follows:

Grade Components and Percentages
Midterm Exam
Final Exam

Homework assignments and projects are to be submitted on time via Blackboard.
The assignments and projects are to be done individually, unless specified otherwise, and the honor code is in effect at all times.

Quizzes may be given at the beginning of class. You may earn up to 3% extra credit for these quizzes.