January 7, 2021
This is Database Systems – CSCI 3410 - 20444 - A, an undergraduate semester class of 3.000 credits, whose pre-requisite is a minimum grade of C in CSCI 3400. We will not be using an hybrid course model, the class will be fully face-to-face, but we will enforce the University’s regulations on social distancing and face covering. We will be primarily using my own set of lecture notes, that you can download for off-line consulting in multiple formats. You will need a computer with admin rights to install (free) software such as MySQL or a virtual machine.
This course offers an introduction to database systems as a key concept in information management. The course covers logical and physical database organization, data models, file structures, indexing, hashing, query optimization, and design issues. This course will cover the design and implementation of databases.
Upon successful completion of this class, the student will:
The week starts on Monday. You can also consult the usual schedule in the lecture notes.
|2||08/17||-||The Relational Model|
|3||08/24||08/26 : Quiz||-|
|5||09/07||09/07: Labor Day, 09/09: Project||-|
|6||09/14||09/16: Exam||Review Session|
|8||09/28||09/30: Quiz, 10/01: Midterm||E.R.-to-Relational Models Mapping|
|9||10/05||-||Guidelines and Normal Form|
|10||10/12||-||Unified Modeling Language Diagram|
|11||10/19||10/21: Quiz||Introduction to Data Programming Using Java|
|13||11/02||11/04: Exam||Review Session|
|14||11/09||-||Introduction to NoSQL|
|17||11/30||12/8 (2–4pm): Final||-|
Students will be evaluated using four different types of evaluation:
Homework assignments will be given during the course of the semester: they are not expected to be handed back, and won’t be graded, but quizzes with questions taken or inspired from those assignments will be given. Those quizzes are closed book and timed (± 10 min.).
Projects will be carried at home.
There will be in-class exams, held during the regular class periods.
The final exam will take place during the exam period.
Refer to the planned schedule for precise dates, and to Brightspace/D2L to get your current grades. Exams yearbooks can be found in the lecture notes: they give a good indication of how you will be evaluated.
Your grade will be computed as follows:
|In-class Exams (×2)||40%|
using the following course grade scale:
Refer to the Course Requirements for information about late or missed evaluations.
Lectures are devoted to general explanations of the concepts and ideas underlying the topic at stake. All practical work, coding, programming, testing, etc. will be carried at home or in the lab portion if there is one.
Homework assignments will assist the students in making sure they understand classes expectations and the content of the lecture, as well as to practice their coding and problem-solving skills. The progression of the students will be regularly tested and assessed through quizzes and exams. Active and relevant participation during the lectures is appreciated.
It is our mutual interest for you to succeed: I love to share knowledge and to expand it by helping students, and students want to gain a useful and agreeable experience that will prove valuable in their future endeavors. To this end, here is:
You can have a look at my Quick Reflexion on Course Evaluations, that contains my previous student evaluations, and at my “Definitive” Study Guide.
In case of conflict, the proper etiquette is to reach out to me, and if no solution can be found, then we should turn to our undegraduate study director Anthony Lawrence or to the dean of Student Life to help as an ombudsman.
For this class, you will need to access a computer. You can either:
If you need room to engage in a synchronous class, you can go to
I should be your first point of contact for any question regarding the content of this class, but many other resources are available:
The Augusta University chapter of the A.C.M is one of the university’s best resources for Computer Science, Information Technology and Cyber Security students. It provides a platform to network with other students in similar majors; presenting countless opportunities to expand not only the people you know, but also a fantastic place to learn and ask questions. Because of Covid-19, we will only be holding meetings virtually in our Discord server. If you are interested in joining these meetings, or you have any questions about Computer Science or Cyber Security, feel free to join through our link.
The University has implemented specific requirements to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and support the safety of all during the pandemic. These requirements apply to all persons on campus (faculty, staff, students, and visitors). These requirements are subject to change. Visit jagwire.augusta.edu/coronavirus/ and augusta.edu/reopening/ for the latest details.
All persons must wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings, including classrooms, regardless of the size of the space. The face covering must fit closely and fully cover the nose and mouth. Such coverings must be used in addition to—not as a substitute for—social distancing. If a medical condition prevents you from wearing a face covering, you may provide documentation to request an accommodation through Testing and Disability Services (706-737-1469 or email@example.com), and must show proof of the accommodation when asked.
All persons should wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol). Avoid direct contact with high touch surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, campus equipment, devices, vending machines, etc.) and avoid sharing devices, books, pens, or other learning aids with others.
All persons are responsible for disinfecting their own workspaces before and after use, including desktops, seats, and any shared equipment. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for providing their own supplies for this purpose. Used supplies should be disposed of properly.
If you notice an empty hand sanitizer dispenser, or a missing disinfectant spray bottles, you can call 706-721-5024 to replace COVID prevention items.
Your role is critical to protect the safety of our entire AU family. Any student who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to leave class and seek medical attention at Student Health Services (at 706-721-3448) immediately. Do not come on to campus if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
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Section 5.2, Academic Conduct of the student’s manual defines precisely what kind of collaborations are acceptable. As long as you don’t lie, cheat, plagiarize, assist others or being assisted by others without authorization, we should not need any of that. If you are unsure about whether or not certain kinds of collaboration are permissible, please ask me.
I am committed to the founding principles of Universal Design, and to make my lecture accessible to every one. Concretely, that means that I’m not requiring you to use a particular Operating System, that I always try to give the information repeatedly, and using multiple channels, that I am available over the phone, email, or in my office. If you are registered with Testing and Disability Services, please see me at your earlier convenience to discuss accommodations.
Please be aware of the USG guidance on House Bill 280. Note that you may not carry a handgun if high school students are enrolled in the class, and that it is your responsibility to visit the registrar to determine whenever this is the case or not.
All persons must maintain at least six (6) feet of separation from others. This distance should be maintained at all times and in all spaces, indoors or out, including classrooms, except where closer proximity is brief and logistically unavoidable (e.g. elevators, hallways). Keep your distance, do not gather in groups, and avoid crowded spaces. Sit only in designated areas in classrooms or similar spaces, and do not move seats or desks in classrooms or common spaces.