Introduction to Database Management Systems
2049 Lassonde Bldg.
Mon, Wed noon
and by appointment
- Project 1 is online.
- Sections of the textbook to be covered on the midterm on Oct 23:
1, 2, 4.1-4.6, 5.1, 6.1-6.5
- Sample tests: test 2, test 1 from Prof. Godfrey's class of 2016.
Course Materials (to accumulate over the semester)
- Sections of the textbook to be covered in class (subject to change): 1, 2, 3.1-3.5, 4.1-4.6, 6, 7, 8, 10.1, 10.6-7, 18.1-18.4, 19.1-19.2.
- The textbook we use for many exercises done in class:
- Database Management Systems.
- Third Edition, 2003.
- Raghu Ramakrishnan and Johannes Gehrke
- WCB/McGraw Hill.
- ISBN: 0-07-232206-3
Description (from the academic calendar)
purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamental concepts
of database management,
including aspects of data models, database languages, and database design.
At the end of this course, a student will be able to understand and apply
the fundamental concepts required for the use and design
of database management systems.
will become proficient at modeling databases at a conceptual and
physical level of design.
Students will be able to develop database schemas that enforce data integrity.
Students will also become knowledgeable in the creation, altering,
and manipulation of tables, indexes,
and views using relational algebra and SQL.
Specific topics to be covered include:
- Relational Model
- Relational Algebra and Calculus
- The SQL Query Language
- Conceptual Design and the ER Model
- Transaction Management, Concurrency Control, and Recovery
This corresponds to the following chapters from the textbook: 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 6, 7, 17, 18 and possibly 5 and 10.
Learning Outcomes for the course:
After successful completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- Model databases proficiently at conceptual and logical levels of design. Use
entity relationships (ER) models and ER diagrams with extension.
- Develop relational database schemas which respect and enforce data integrity
represented in ER models.
- Implement a relational database schema using structured query language
(SQL): create and manipulate tables, indexes, and views
- Create and use complex queries in SQL
- Write database application programs with an understanding of transaction
management, concurrency control, and crash recovery.
Books / Reading
Required Textbook / Reading
- Database Systems: The Complete Book
- H. Garcia-Molina, J.D. Ullman, & J. Widom
- 2nd edition, 2009
- Pearson / Prentice Hall
- ISBN: 0-13-187325-3
Useful Books / Reading
- Understanding the New SQL: A Complete Guide
- First Edition, 1993.
- Jim Melton and Alan R. Simon.
- Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
- ISBN: 1-55860-245-3
- Using the New DB2:
IBM's Object-Relational Database System
- First Edition, 1996.
- Don Chamberlin
- Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
- ISBN: 1-55860-373-5
Grading Criteria / Course Requirements
Dec 10, 7PM
The grading policy is a standard one.
The instructor will grade the exams.
The TA will grade the projects.
York University's rules for academic honesty
and plagiarism always remain in effect.
Discussion is fine on the projects.
However, collaboration is not.
The work must be your own.
Exams, of course, must be done on your own.
If you miss a test for good reason
(e.g., illness with a medical document),
your Final Exam grade will count for both the final exam and the missed test.
Policy on e-mail from students on course materials, and questions
- I will not answer these e-mails in general.
My time is spent more productively for the class's
sake in different ways.
For pertinent questions on the materials that students send me by
e-mail, or for questions that many people seem to be having, I will
try to address them in class.
- If you have a burning question I have not addressed, come see me
during my office hours, or make an appointment if you need to.
Many students do this already, and it is a good use of my time and
I can usually answer a question a student asks in person
in about a tenth the time than by an e-mail exchange.
This is because writing it out takes much longer.
Also, 80% of the questions people send me,
I have no idea what they are asking.
We would have to go back and forth by e-mail
several times before I get to the bottom of it.
- For personal requests, such as "I cannot make the test",
and so forth, e-mail is fine and I will attempt to answer you directly.
However, I will NEVER answer emails sent from non-York accounts.
I will NEVER answer emails which are not signed.
So I do not mind students sending questions by e-mail.
By all means, continue.
Just do not necessarily expect a direct reply.
I do read them,
and mostly I try to address the issues and questions people have raised.
If your question or issue remains after some time,
let me know.
For anyone who believes that I am purposely ignoring them,
Policy on project/test regrading or reappraisal
You have two weeks to request a project or test reappraisal.
This is a strict deadline.
The projects and the tests are marked by a TA.
I have a fixed TA office hours budget and cannot ask them to work for free
If you miss the two week deadline, your only option would be to submit a
petition to the department after the end of the course.
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