CS 235: Introduction to Databases
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 - 1:20 pm, Ryerson 276
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The final will be held on Tuesday, December 10, from 10:30 to 12:30, in Ryerson 276.
The midterm will be held in class on Thursday, October 31, 2002. You
can get an idea of what to expect by looking at the
midterm from last year and its solution.
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This course is an introduction to database design and programming. You
will learn how to design effectively database applications and the fundamental
principles behind good design. You will also learn how to program your
databases applications using a commercial database system.
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CS 117 or equivalent.
The textbook for the course is A
First Course in Database Systems by Jeff Ullman and Jennifer Widom.
However, if you plan to study databases beyond this introductory course,
you may consider buying Database
Systems: The Complete Book by Hector Garcia-Molina, Jeff Ullman and
Jennifer Widom. This book contains our textbook as its first ten chapters.
You may also find useful to have a reference book on SQL such as "A
Guide to the SQL Standard" by C. J. Date and H. Darwen, Addison-Wesley,
The office hours will be announced during the first week of class.
The grades for the class will be based on your results on the weekly written
homework, multipart project, midterm, and final. The approximate weights
You have two 48-hour extensions. Using an extension allows you to turn
in your work on Thursday instead of Tuesday. You can use at most one extension
before the midterm, and at most one extension after the midterm.
We encourage you to discuss the course material with you fellow students.
However, submitted assignments should be your own work. If you discuss
in details specific problems or assignments with other people, please,
acknowledge them on the front of the work that you turn in.
of the lectures, readings, and assignments is tentative and may change as the class progresses.
The midterm will be held in class, on Thursday, October 31, 2002.
Yes, you can take it in your Halloween costume!
The textbook homepage
has a comprehensive list of relevant resources.