CSEP 544 Syllabus
- Databases are at the heart of modern commercial application
development. Their use extends beyond this to many applications and
environments where large amounts of data must be stored for efficient
update and retrieval. The purpose of this course is to provide an
introduction to the design and use of database systems, discuss a few
advanced data management topics, such as the use of views and subtle
issues in concurrency control, and to give an appreciation of the key
issues in building such systems.
- We begin by covering the relational model and the SQL
language. We then study methods for database design, covering the
entity relationship model. We spend a lecture on the advanced use of
views in data management. Next, we discuss transaction management,
covering both recovery from systems failures and concurrency control.
We then inspect the architecture of a database system, and discuss
efficient storage of data, execution of queries and query optimization.
Finally, we discuss XML as a data model, and the XQuery languages
- The class meets once a week for lectures. Lecture slides
are in powerpoint and will be made available on the web prior to the
lecture. Some lectures follow the textbook losely, others contain
material that is not included in the texbook. The lecture itself plus
the the lecture notes are designed to be clear and selfcontained, so
please make every effort to come to class. You are also encouraged to
read from the textbook. There will be seven homework assignments: the
odd numbered ones are mini programming project, the even numbered are
- Tuesday 6:30-9:20 pm, EEB 037
- Final: June 9, 6:30-8:20 pm.
Instructor Information & Office Hours
- Office hours
|| Allen 662
||Please make email
appointments I will be available most days 5:30-6:20 pm,
| Allen 490
| By email appointments
- Database Management Systems (third edition), Raghu
Ramakrishnan and Johannes Gehrke. (Most of the advanced
material is form this book.)
- Database Systems: The Complete Book, Hector
Garcia-Molina, Jeffrey Ullman, Jennifer Widom. (Some of the
basic material follows this book.)
- Fundamentals of database systems by Elsmasri and
- XQuery from the experts, edited by Katz
- Foundations of database systems by Abiteboul, Hull
- Data on the Web: from relations to semistructured
and XML by
Abiteboul, Buneman, Suciu.
- Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due
date, unless otherwise announced. Late homework will not be accepted.
- Home work: 70%
- Final: 30%
I hope you will attend every lecture. If you miss a lecture,
talk to a friend who was present, and be sure to check the Website for
- Programming: SQL Server (on IPROJSRV), Postgres (on your
- Communication: website and mailing list
You will be required to change your password the
first time you access the SQL Server running on IPROJSRV. The new
obey the Windows password policy
as follows (from "MSDN" website):
Password complexity policies are designed to deter brute
force attacks by increasing the number of possible passwords.
When password complexity policy is enforced, new passwords must
meet the following guidelines:
* The password does not contain all or part of the account
the user. Part of an account name is defined
as three or more
consecutive alphanumeric characters delimited
on both ends by
white space such as space, tab, and return, or
any of the
following characters: comma (,), period (.),
underscore (_), or number sign (#).
* The password is at least eight characters long.
* The password contains characters from three of the
following four categories:
o Latin uppercase
letters (A through Z)
o Latin lowercase
letters (a through z)
o Base 10 digits (0
characters such as: exclamation point (!), dollar sign ($),
number sign (#), or percent (%).
Please contact the TA if there is some problem with your
account on IPROJSRV.
Computer Use Policy
Some excerpts from the campus policies.
Take them seriously: "You must use all UW [computing] resources in
accordance with local, state, and federal laws. These laws cover such
as illegal access to computer systems, networks, and files; copyright
and harassment issues... Software and information resources provided
the university for use by faculty, staff, and students may be used on
equipment only as specified in the various software licenses.
use of software, images, or files is regarded as a serious matter and
such use is without the consent of the University of Washington...If
of computer software, images, or files occurs, those responsible for
abuse will be held legally accountable."
All work turned in is expected to be your own.
Although students are encouraged to study together, each student is
expected to produce his or her own solution to the homework
problems. Copying or using sections of someone else's program, even if
it has been modified by you, is not acceptable. The University has
very clear guidelines for academic misconduct and the staff of CSEP
544 will be vigorous in enforcing them.