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.
- 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
- Wednesdays 6:30-9:20 pm, CSE 305
- Take Home Final: Posted Dec 8 (Midnight), Due Dec 9 (Midnight)
Instructor Information & Office Hours
- Office hours
|| Allen 662
Jessica Leung, TA
| By email appointments
Paramjit Singh Sandhu, TA
| 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.)
- You are allowed a total of 3 late-days that you
can use in 24-hour chunks at anytime. Please note that
once you use-up your late days, no additional extensions
will be granted for any reason at all. You should thus
save your late-days only for true emergencies.
Also note that everything must be handed in by the
end of the last lecture in the quarter. No assignments
nor projects will be accepted after that date even if
you have late-days left.
- 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
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.