CMSC 424 Fall 2017

CMSC 424 Fall 2017

Goals: Students are introduced to database systems and motivates the database approach as a mechanism for modeling the real world. An in-depth coverage of the relational model, logical database design, query languages, and other database concepts including query optimization, concurrency control; transaction management, and log based crash recovery. Distributed and Web database architectures are also discussed. The class project requires a complete analysis, design, and implementation of a database application.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CMSC351 and CMSC330; and permission of CMNS-Computer Science department. Or must be in the (Computer Science (Doctoral), Computer Science (Master's)) program.

Class meets TuTh 11-12:15,   Room CSI 2117  
Professor: Nick Roussopoulos Email:
Office hours: Wed 1-2 pm or by appointment
Office AVW 3235, Tel. 405-2687

TA: Virinchi Srinivas Email:
Office hours:TBA
Office: AVW 4103
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Course Syllabus

Required text: Korth & Silberschatz "Database System Concepts," 6th Edition, McGraw Hill 2011. Note the CD version of the book is NOT required.

I HIGHLY recommend reading ahead from the text and the notes even if you don't understand most of the concepts. This gives you a big advantage in understanding the material while covered in class and it saves enormously when you read the material and do the practice exersizes of the book.
  • Make-up policy: No make-up exam will be given except for medical and e ergency reasons.
  • Delayed work: No delayed work will be accepted, unless accompanied by a doctor's note.
  • Cheating: If caught in a cheating situation your database transactions will be aborted!
    H5>EXCUSED ABSENSES DUE TO ILLNESS Students claiming a excused absence must apply in writing and furnish documentary support (such as from a health care professional who treated the student) for any assertion that the absence qualifies as an excused absence. The support should explicitly indicate the dates or times the student was incapacitated due to illness. Self-documentation of illness is not itself sufficient support to excuse the absence. An instructor is not under obligation to offer a substitute assignment or to give a student a make-up assessment unless the failure to perform was due to an excused absence. An excused absence for an individual typically does not translate into an extension for team deliverables on a project.
    Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide, to the instructor in office hours, a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) within the first two weeks of the semester.
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