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Database Fundamentals Syllabus Spring 2005 BA4321

Instructor: Radha Mookerjee, Ph.D. Office: SM3.209 Phone: (972)-883-2415 Email: Use WebCT for all communications Office hours: Tuesdays 10:00 - 12:00 and by appointment Teaching Assistant The TA for this course is Deborah Manica. She will be available to answer all questions regarding home work assignments. Her contact information and office hours are given below. Name: Deborah Manica Office: SOM 3.423 Phone: 972-883-4412 Email: Office hours: Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:30 Text The text for the course is Modern Database Management by McFadden, Hoffer and Prescott. Seventh Edition, 2004, Prentice Hall. Lecture notes will be posted on the course WebCT site. Course Objective This class is designed to introduce students to basic concepts and techniques in the theory, design, implementation and administration of relational databases. Topics to be covered include, the database design process, the entityrelationship (ER) model, normalization, queries in SQL, distributed and clientserver databases, and database administration

Grading Exam I Exam II Exam III Homework Total Using WebCT 25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

All class information will be posted on the course website on WebCT. Any communication to me should also be conducted ONLY via WebCT email. I will not respond to any email sent to my regular email address. All assignments should be submitted via WebCT. It is therefore essential that you are familiar with WebCT. It is also YOUR responsibility to make sure that you can access your WebCT account. If you are dialing into UTD to access E-mail or the World Wide Web, you may have trouble getting connected for various reasons. Make sure that you give yourself enough lead-time to complete assignments. Because you will almost always have access to these systems on campus, busy modems or other technical problems are not accepted as excuses for late assignments. Click here for more information on using WebCT Exams Exams will consist of multiple choice, True/False, and short problems. Any exam grading disputes must be submitted in writing within two weeks of the results. No make-up tests will be offered except on medical grounds. Homework All assignments are to be submitted via WebCT. The deadline for submitting an assignment is 11:00 pm on the due date. Late submissions must be submitted as an attachment to WebCT email. Assignments submitted within 24 hours of the due date/time will be subject to a 25% penalty. No late submissions will be accepted 24 hours after the deadline. Grading Policy The grading will be based on a relative grading scheme. The student with the highest grade in the class will be normalized to a 100%. The rest of the students will be normalized accordingly. The following cut offs will be used to assign the final grade.

98 88 78 70 64 58 100 92 82 72 66 60

Grade Range Grade
A+ AB C+ CD F 93 83 73 67 61 55 97 87 77 69 63 57 A B+ BC D+ D-

< 55

Participation While no points are awarded for attendance, students are expected to attend all classes and to read the assigned material. In addition to making the class more interesting, a great deal of learning takes place when you articulate your views and ask questions in class. Thus, class participation is very beneficial. Attendance No points are awarded for attendance. However, students are expected to attend all classes and to read the assigned material. It is also the students' responsibility to keep abreast of any announcements made in class. I will post information about significant changes, if any, to the syllabus. This is only to be used as a supplement, and not as a substitute, to announcements made in

class. I will monitor attendance in class and will provide no additional help to students who regularly skip lectures. Schedule The following is a tentative schedule, which I will try to follow as closely as possible. Should any changes become necessary, I will announce it in class as well as post it on WebCT. It is YOUR responsibility to check for changes at least once a week. I will not be held responsible if you miss any announcements regarding changes to schedule and/or deadlines. Date 01/10/05 (M) 01/12/05 01/17/05(M) 01/19/05 01/24/05(M) 01/26/05 01/31/05 (M) 02/02/05 02/07/05 (M) 02/09/05 02/14/05 (M) 02/16/05 02/18/05; 02/21/05(M) 02/23/05 02/28/05 (M) 03/02/05 03/07/05 (M) 03/09/05 03/14/05 (M) 03/16/05 03/21/05 (M) 03/23/05 03/28/05(M) 03/30/05 04/01/05 04/04/05 (M) 04/11/05 04/13/05 (M) 04/18/05 04/20/05(M) 04/25/05 (M) Topic Introduction Introduction (contd) Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No Classes Database Development Process Database Development Process (contd) Entity-Relationship Model Entity-Relationship Model (contd) Entity-Relationship Model (contd) Enhanced Entity-Relationship Model Enhanced Entity-Relationship Model (contd) Enhanced Entity-Relationship Model (contd) Exam I Review Homework 1 Due Exam I Logical Database Design (contd) Logical Database Design (contd) Logical Database Design (contd) Spring Break - No Classes Spring Break - No Classes Logical Database Design (contd) Structured Query Language (contd) Structured Query Language (contd) Advanced Structured Query Language Advanced Structured Query Language (contd) Exam II Review Homework 2 Due Exam II Client/Server Databases Client/Server Database (contd) Concurrency Control and Database Administration Concurrency Control and Database Administration (contd) Homework 3 Due Exam III Chapters 5, 7, 8 Chapter 9 In Computer Lab Chapter 12 Readings Chapter 1

Chapter 2 Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4

In Computer Lab

Chapter 7 In Computer Lab Chapter 8 In Computer Lab In Computer Lab

Chapters 3, 4, 5, 9, 12 and

Homework 3 Note The label 'In Computer Lab' signifies that on these days the lecture will be held in the computer lab instead of the regular classroom. I will provide details as the semester progresses. Important Dates Homework 1 Exam I Homework 2 Exam II Homework 3 Exam III

Feb 18, 2005 Feb 21, 2005 March 30, 2005 Apr 04, 2005 Apr 25, 2005 Apr 25, 2005

Scholastic Dishonesty The following paragraph is an excerpt from the University of Texas at Dallas 2002-2004 Undergraduate Catalog available online at "The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility with respect to academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student maintains a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one's own work of material that is not one's own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings " It is expected that you become familiar with the contents and be aware that any acts of dishonesty will be severely punished.