George Mason University

Department of Computer Science

INFS 760: Advanced Database Management

Spring 2014

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.

Approximate class schedule
  1. Introduction to and course administration (1 week)
  2. Physical data organization (3 weeks)
  3. Query processing and query optimization (2 weeks)
  4. Transaction processing, concurrency control and recovery (2 weeks)
  5. Architectures of database systems (2 weeks)
Time and Place

Tuesday, 4:30-7:10 pm
Innovation Hall 136


Dr. Ami Motro
Office: ENG-4415
Telephone: 703-993-1665
Office hours: Tuesday 3:00-4:00 pm


INFS 614 Database Management or CS 550 Database Systems.
Prerequisites are strictly enforced!


Two exams (a mid-term and a final), and 4 or 5 homework assignments.
The final grade will be based on exams (43% + 32%) and homework assignments (25%).


Database Systems - An Application-Oriented Approach, Introductory Version, 2nd Edition
Kifer, Bernstein, and Lewis
Addison-Wesley/Pearson, 2004
ISBN-10: 0321228383
ISBN-13: 9780321268457