OF NOTE: This
course does not assume an undergraduate course in database
systems. Core database material will be covered as
part of the discussion of each topic.
The models and
computational methods of database and information systems.
Emphasizes structured database systems, but also considers systems
for semi-structured and unstructured information.Some specific topics:
the relational data model; the XML model; noSQL
distributed storage systems; query construction and
evaluation; transactions; information retrieval and search
current research directions and emphasizes interactions with other
computer science research areas.
Knowledge of core undergraduate material in programming, data
structures and algorithms. NO
prior course in database systems is necessary. Cannot receive
credit for this course and COS 425. Undergraduates
interested in this course should see Professor LaPaugh.
Meeting time: Mon., Wed. 1:30 - 2:50 pm Meeting place: Room 301, Computer Science Building Extra meetings: If a class should be canceled, a make-up
class will be scheduled during reading period and/or during the
semester. Class participants will be consulted before any make-up
class time is chosen. Meeting in reading period may also be
necessary for student presentations depending on class size.
Raghu Ramakrishnan and Johannes Gehrke, Database
Management Systems, Third Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2003.
Supplemental reading on reserve at Engineering Library:
Abraham Silberschatz, Henry Korth, and S.
Sudarshan, Database System Concepts, Sixth Edition,
McGraw-Hill, 2011. Note that this latest edition has a
substantial amount of new material, particularly on applications
Supplemental reading available online:
Manning, Christopher D.; Raghavan, Prabhakar;
Schütze, Hinrich, Introduction
to Information Retrieval, Cambridge University
Press, 2008. The link is to a complete online
version of the textbook.
We will use the Blackboard
course Web site for all course announcements and
most course materials, including assignments, pdf versions
of readings and pdf versions of any transparencies used in
class. All important course announcements will
appear on the Blackboardcourse home page.
All materials will be found in the Course Materials
area of theBlackboardcourse site (use
left menu). The Schedule
and Assignments page will give all reading and homework
assignments. Schedule changes will be
made on the Schedule and Assignments page and announced on
Announcements. Students are responsible for
monitoring the Schedule and Assignments page
and Announcements. Schedule
changes will be made on the Schedule and
Assignmentspage and announced on Announcements.
You are encouraged to use electronic mail to set up appointments,
leave messages, and ask quick questions. However, an old fashioned
face-to-face meeting is still best for clarifying confusions and
other technical discussions.
Work of the Course
The course will have the following graded components:
exercises and questions on primary source reading - about 10 of
Participation (approx. 15%)
presentations (approx. 20%)
Project (approx. 50%)
Each student will do a final project of his or her choosing.
The project should relate some material of the course to the
research interests of the student. This can be done in many
ways. The project must be approved in advance by the course
instructor. The project page will
provide more information and a list of example projects.
A.S. LaPaugh Wed Sep 11 15:55:20 EDT 2013