CSCI 4710 Databases
Course Syllabus, Fall 2020

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Name:             Dr. Yao
Office:             Atk 317
Telephone:      (478) 445-5483
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REQUIRED TEXT: Database Systems, by Thomas Connolly and Carolyn Begg, 6th Edition,

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


PREREQUISITES: 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 to enable students in designing and maintaining 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



·       SO2: Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline.

·       SO3: Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline.

·       SO6: Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.


·      Introduction to Databases

·      The Relational Model

·      Entity-Relationship Modeling

·      Relational Algebra

·      Relational Calculus

·      SQL: Data Manipulation & Data Definition

·      Advanced SQL

·      Schema Refinement and Normal Forms

·      Advanced Normalization

·      Conceptual Database Design

·      Logical Database Design for the Relational Model

·      A Real World DBMS: Oracle

·      Oracle SQL

·      PL/SQL

·      Web Programming with PL/SQL



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

Projects           50%

Final Exam      50%                 Thursday, Dec 3, 2020; 01:00PM - 03:15PM

(On D2L with WebEx <>)

         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 another’s work as one’s own is plagiarism, and will be dealt with using the procedures outlined on the Undergraduate Catalog.




WEEK              TOPICS


1               Introduction to Databases (Ch. 1 & 2)
2               The Relational Model (Ch. 4)

 3               Relational Algebra and Relational Calculus (Ch. 5)

 4               Entity-Relationship Modeling (Ch. 12)

 5               SQL: Data Manipulation & Data Definition (ch. 6 and 7)

 6               SQL: Data Manipulation & Data Definition (ch. 6 and 7)

 7               Advanced SQL (Ch. 8)

 8               Advanced SQL (Ch. 8)

 9               Schema Refinement and Normal Forms (Ch. 14)

10              Advanced Normalization (Ch. 15)

11              Advanced Normalization (Ch. 15)

12              Conceptual Database Design (Ch. 16)

13              Logical Database Design for the Relational Model (Ch. 17)

14              PL/SQL

15              Web Programming with PL/SQL


·      Fall Break: None

·      Oct. 9, 2020 (5 P.M.) is the last day to drop without academic penalty (Unless if maximum number of dropped courses has been exceeded)

·      Thanksgiving Holidays (Nov. 25-27, 2020)

·      Last Day of Classes: NOV. 24, 2020

·      Final Exam Week: Dec. 1, 2020 – Dc. 4, 2020



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COVID-19 Syllabus Statement-Fall 2020


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