CSCI 4710 Databases
Course Syllabus, Fall 2015


Name:             Dr. Yao
Office:             Atk 317
Telephone:      (478) 445-5483
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Office Hours:  8:25 A.M.-9:25 A.M., 10:55 A.M.-12:25 P.M. on Tu. and Th. or by appointments 

         Emails that are not urgent only will be answered during the office hours


REQUIRED TEXT: Database Systems, by Thomas Connolly and Carolyn Begg

Hands-on Oracle Database 10g Exp Ed for Windows, by Bobrowski


REQUIRED TEXT: C or above in CSCI 3410 - Data Structures

An introduction to basic concepts, design techniques, and theories in database management systems. The primary emphasis is on the relational database management systems. The goal is for students to be able to design and maintain a relational database management system as a DBA after taking this course.


         Students will become acquainted with basic principles, structure, and functions of database management systems.

         Students will be able to use SQL comfortably.

         Students will be able to develop a relational database on a real world DBMS.

         Students will be able to refine schema and to tune a DBMS

         Students will be able to create and modify storage structures and access methods

         Student will be able to understand security issues in DBMS



         Outcome 1. Students will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge of mathematical functions to analyze a given algorithm.

         Outcome 2: An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems.

         Outcome 3: An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.

         Outcome 4: An understanding of security issues.


         Outcome (a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the programís student outcomes and to the discipline

         Outcome (b): An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing

         Outcome (c): An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs

         Outcome (d): An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal

         Outcome (e): An understanding of security issues

         Outcome (g): An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society

         Outcome (h): Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development

         Outcome (i): An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.

         Outcome (k): An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.


         Introduction to Databases

         The Relational Model

         Relational Algebra

         Relational Calculus

         SQL: Data Manipulation & Data Definition

         Advanced SQL

         Query-By-Example (QBE)

         Schema Refinement and Normal Forms

         Advanced Normalization

         Conceptual Database Design

         Logical Database Design for the Relational Model

         A Real World DBMS: Oracle

         Oracle SQL


         Web Programming with PL/SQL

         Professional, Ethical, and Social Issues



Students learning will be assessed primarily through participation in programming homework, written homework, written responses to tests, and a cumulative final exam.

A-level work will meet the following criteria:

         A demonstrated proficiency and mastery in basic principles, structure, and functions of database management systems

         A demonstrated proficiency and mastery in developing and modifying a database management system with the basic features of a database management system learned in the course

         A demonstrated proficiency and mastery in using SQL

         Attend class regularly, complete homework assignments in time, and actively participate in classroom activities

         Demonstrate an understanding of the applications problems studied in the course

         Exceptional performance on all tests, and the cumulative final examination


                                 Percentage               Date
            Exam I             25%                 Sept. 24, 2015
            Exam II            25%                 Oct. 29, 2015
            Final Exam      25%                 Dec. 10, 2015 (08:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.)
            Projects            25%

         Total                   100%

      Grade              Percentage
        A                90% and up
        B                80% - 89.99%
        C                70% - 79.99%
        D                60% - 69.99%
        F                59.99% or less


         You are expected to read the textbook prior to and after each class.

         Class and lab participation is essential in learning computer technology.  It is your responsibility to attend the class/lab in order to achieve good learning, therefore obtain a good grade. 

         You must NOT miss an exam unless you have a verifiable written excuse.  An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a numerical grade of zero for that exam.

         The homework material will be included in the exams.  Therefore, doing the homework assignments by yourself is essential in obtaining a good score in an exam.

         In order to train you for the real-world working situation, late assignments will be penalized 10% per day after the assignment due date.

         Prior to mid-semester, you will receive feedback on your academic performance in this course.  Your overall grades are updated on a regular basis on GeorgiaView (D2L) throughout the semester.


The integrity of students is a critical component of the academic process.  All written work submitted in this course must be individual work unless the instructor assigns a team of students to work on an assignment. Students must properly document all outside sources used for projects, programs, and homework. The submission of anotherís work as oneís own is plagiarism, and will be dealt with using the procedures outlined on the Undergraduate Catalog.

Last day of classes (Dec. 7, 2015)  

Labor Day Holiday (Sept. 7, 2015)
Fall Break (Oct. 12-13, 2015)
Thanksgiving Holidays (Nov. 25-27, 2015)

October 15, 2015, 5:00 the last day to drop a course or withdraw from ALL courses with a "W" grade (Unless previously assigned an "F" by instructor for absences or if maximum number of dropped courses has been exceeded)


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Students are permitted to miss class in observance of religious holidays and other activities observed by a religious group of which the student is a member without academic penalty. Exercising of oneís rights under this policy is subject to the GC Honor Code. Students who miss class in observance of a religious holiday or event are required to make up the coursework missed as a result from the absence. The nature of the make-up assignments and the deadline for completion of such assignments are at the sole discretion of the instructor. Providing verifiable proof of the religious affiliation and activities are at the sole discretion of the instructor as well.Failure to follow the prescribed procedures voids all student rights under this policy.