May 4 Final, 8-10am (11am if needed). Meet in lab.

May 2 Project final report and binder due. Peer reviews. Reflection paper due by midnight.

April 29 Project presentations to clients. Meet in regular classroom.

April 15 Draft of final report is due. Include at least an overview of the project with the mission statement and objectives, the list of tasks for the project, the conceptual data model, logical data model, and screen shots of the user interface.

April 4 Project demonstrations and draft report due. For the presentations each group review the mission of the application, who the application is for, and the tasks it is to perform. Show the conceptual and logical models. While showing the logical model - present an overview of the interface and the tasks. Show realistic data in the tables. Walk through each interface element (forms and reports). Each member of the group should be involved in the presentation.

April 1 (Friday) Exam 2

March 28 (Monday) Quiz - normalization

March 23 Have the relational algebra exercise completed. Can also practice normalization using Exercise 14.14 (page 390) determining FDS, candidate keys and creating BCNF relations for the data.

March 4 Meet in Museum 205, each group describes what their project is and who it is for. They show the misison statment, objectives, list of tasks and the conceptual model for their project. Each member of the group should be involved.

March 3 Email project mission statment, objectives and list of tasks to me by midnight March 3rd

March 2 Finish the exercise going from conceptual models to logical models started in class.

Feb. 19 Exam 1

Feb. 12 Finish doing the modeling exercises started in class.

Feb. 5 Quiz on Chapters 3, 4, 6 & 21.

Jan. 22 Quiz on Chapters 1 and 2.

Jan. 11 Course Introduction
Text: Database Systems, 5th edition, by Thomas Connolly & Carolyn Begg.

Celia Schahczenski
Museum 103, 496-4383

Office Hours: Monday 11:00am-11:50am, Wednesday 12:00pm-12:50pm, and Friday 1:00pm-1:50pm
Also feel free to make an appointment at another time, or to just drop by my office. Unless you hear otherwise, I will be in my office for office hours. I will also be on Discord and communicating via email.

Text: Database Systems, 5th edition, by Thomas Connolly & Carolyn Begg

CSCI 136, Fundamentals of CS II, or
CSCI 310, Advanced Visual Basic, or
CSCI 112 Programming with C and CSCI 117 Programming with Mathlab

Meeting times and place:
Mon. & Wed. 2:00-2:50 in MUS 205
Fri. 2:00-3:50 in S&E 308

What is in this course?

This course offers you a background in database management systems and design so that you will be able to understand the fundamentals of all relational database products. Working in a group, you will get to work on a small database application and you will experience working with both Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL.



Activity Percentage
  • Class exericses
  • Textbook exericses
  • SQL assignments
  • Labs
  • Quizzes
Information stewardship paper 10%
Reflection paper 5%
Midterm 1 (Feb. 19) 10%
Midterm 2 (March 23) 20%
Final (May 4, Wednesday, 8:00am-10:00am, 11:00 if needed) 25%
Project 20%

Homework Assignments and Quizzes:

The material in this course builds on itself. For this reason it is important that you keep up with the material. Not understanding one topic will make the next topic harder to learn. Reading assignments will be given for most class periods and small quizzes will be given periodically. Homework assignments, class exercises and labs will solidify your understanding of the material.

Students who actively discover information, ask questions about the material, and explain their reasoning to others, are more likely to remember the concepts and to use them outside the context in which they were learned. For this reason I hope to avoid lecturing and spend class time going over problems, doing exrcises, working examples and discussing concepts.


You will have a chance to discuss information stewardship, develop a thesis concerning it, and support that thesis in a paper. Information stewardship involves not only storing information, but protecting its security and integrity. You will explore the delicate balance between using personal information and honoring privacy. You will also write a reflection paper on your experience developing the database application for outside clients and working within a group.

Catalog description of the course:

Studies concepts and applications in database management including the relational model, relational algebra, Structural Query Language (SQL), normalization, transactions, and how to avoid SQL-injection. XML, NoSQL and Big Data are introduced. Information stewardship is discussed. Students get a chance to prototype a database application working in groups. Prerequisite: CSCI 136, or 310, or 112 & 117. (2nd)

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