George Mason University

Department of Computer Science

INFS 760: Advanced Database Management

Spring 2013 --- Prof. Ami Motro

This is an advanced course in the area of databases, focusing on how database systems are architected and implemented to achieve essential properties such as high performance and reliability . Whereas in an introductory course on databases (such as INFS 614 or CS 550) the focus is how to work with database systems (database design, query languages, application programming, and so on), the focus of this course is how database systems work.

Topics to be covered include: physical data organization; query processing and query optimization; transaction processing, concurrency control and recovery; and distributed and parallel database architectures.

INFS-614 Database Management or CS-550 Database Systems
Two exams, and four or five homework assignments (approximate weights are indicated in parenthesis):
  1. Homework assignments (20%)
  2. Midterm exam (35%)
  3. Final exam (45%)
Database Systems - An Application-Oriented Approach (Introductory Version, 2nd Edition)
by Kifer, Bernstein, Lewis
Pearson/Addison-Wesley, 2005
Dr. Ami Motro
Office: Engineering 4415, Telephone: 993-1665
Office hours: Tuesday 3:00-4:00
Tuesday 4:30-7:10, Sandbridge Hall 107