CIS 761. Database Management Systems
Spring 2008 Syllabus
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Torben Amtoft, tamtoft HAT ksu dot edu,
219C Nichols Hall, ph. 532-7917.
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room no N324.
Office hours are Tuesdays 1-3pm, and by appointment.
Abraham Silberschatz and Henry F. Korth and S. Sudarshan,
Database System Concepts, 5th edition,
McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-295886-3.
This text is available in the KSU Union Bookstore.
The book has a web page at
At the conclusion of the course, students should have a good understanding of
many advanced concepts necessary for designing, using, and implementing
In principle, you should have taken CIS 560, but it is enough that
you have a bit of familiarity with databases, in particular know basic SQL.
Also, you should have a bit of mathematical background,
in particular be familiar with reasoning about sets.
If you do not meet these requirements,
you should see the instructor immediately.
Tentative Course Outline
In addition, perhaps briefly mention Chapters 8 & 20.
Chapter 1 (1 class)
The Relational Model
Chapter 2 (3 classes)
Chapters 3 & 4 (6 classes)
Other Relational Languages
Chapter 5 (4 classes)
Design and the E-R model
Chapter 6 (3 classes)
Relational Database Design
Chapter 7 (6 classes)
Data Mining (and Information Retrieval)
Chapter 18 (& 19) (4 classes)
Chapter 10 (3 classes)
Chapters 15&16 (&17) (3 classes)
Indexing and Hashing
Chapter (11 &) 12 (3 classes)
Query Processing and Optimization
Chapters 13&14 (4 classes)
Grading and Exams
There is no fixed scheme for the
conversion of numerical grades to actual letter grades.
I hope that most grades will be either A or B,
but in order to get an A, your work should be such that I wouldn't mind
having you as a teaching assistant next year!
There will be assignments due for most weeks, usually
minor but there might also be one or more substantial projects.
Late assignments will not
be accepted except for documented medical or family emergencies.
(If you hand in your assignment to the front office, please
make sure that they stamp not only the date but also indicate the time of day!)
- In addition to the final, there will be a midterm,
perhaps spread over two classes.
The final counts 35%, the midterm counts 30%, the homework
class participation counts 10%.
In general, I my approach to grading is expressed well by
piece by S.A. Miller.
Let me quote (encouraging you to read the whole thing!)
Test scores tend to be low in my classes. Nineties are rare. Class
averages may be in the 60% range. I am not alarmed by apparently low
numbers, but they do tend to worry conscientious students who are
conditioned to think in terms of 90% = A, 80% = B, etc. This can
undermine class morale, and low class morale can undermine student
ability. That does concern me, so I offer some suggestions for dealing
with these anxieties.
How to deal with the anxieties: Evaluate your standing in terms of
what your class is doing. Where are you relative to the class mean?
For example, if you have a 72% average, but the class average is 52%,
you are doing better than your score might suggest to you. Adding 20
to each number would make the class average a traditional 72% and give
you a very respectable 92%. This is a form of "curving" you can do for
yourself with each examination. Simply look at the class mean (which
is always presented) and adjust it to fall into the 70% range then
apply the same correction factor to your score or cumulative
average. You can do this in any of your classes if basic information
Policies on Academic Conduct
You are very welcome to discuss the course material, as well as specific
questions, with your fellow students.
However, all submitted answers must be your own work:
you are not allowed to show your answers to
anyone else, or look at the answers of any other student;
neither are you allowed to solicit the Internet for solutions
to specific homework problems.
Please refer to the KSU Campus Phone book which contains
the Student Life Handbook.
You are governed by these guidelines and procedures.
I very much hope that it will not be necessary to file
any honor pledge violation reports during the semester!
If you think that the instructor or the TA has made an oversight
when grading your test or your homework, you are of course
very welcome to ask for clarification. But complaints about
judgment calls, like how much credit to give for a partially
correct solution, are not encouraged---it is like
arguing balls and strikes. In particular this holds
for homeworks (since each assignment carries so little weight
towards the final grade).
Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
If you have any condition, such as a physical or learning disability,
which will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as the
instructor has outlined it or which will require academic
accommodations, please notify the instructor in the first two weeks of
Acknowledgment and notice of copyright
This syllabus, and much of the material used in the course, is
adapted from the
taught by Maria Zamfir Bleyberg.
During this course students are prohibited from selling notes to or
being paid for taking notes by any person or commercial firm without
the express written permission of the professor teaching this