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Course Goals and Expectations

You will learn the fundamental concepts underlying database management systems. As a side effect of this process you will have a level of understanding sufficient for (i) database administration of relational, object-oriented, or other database management systems and (ii) implementation of certain aspects of a DBMS. Specific goals include: No prior database knowledge is required for this course. You all bring different perspectives and experiences to this course, and it is my hope and expectation that you will enrich the classroom environment (that includes those of you at the remote sites!) by sharing your views with us appropriately. Please do not be shy in offering your opinions, questions, or answers. I of course reserve the right to keep the discussion on track.

During the quarter we will use commercial relational and object-oriented DBMSs, so there will be some fun hands-on opportunities.