CS448: Introduction to Database Systems

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Course Overview

This course covers fundamental concepts of database systems. These concepts include database modeling and design, relational databases, querying and SQL, query optimization, data storage, transactions, database system architectures, data mining and warehousing techniques, recovery, privacy, integrity, and security.

More specifically, the course covers the following topics:




1.   Fundamentals of Database Systems, 7th Edition, Elmasri Navathe, Addison-Wesley, 2015.

2.   Oracle 9i Programming: A Primer, Rajshekhar Sunderraman, 2004.


There will be four project assignments. The projects are an important part of the course and you will be given details in PSOs. You will learn to use and build components of a database system. There will be five homework assignments, a midterm, and a final. The final exam will be cumulative.



The final grade will be based upon the following:

Programming/Project Assignments


Homework Assignments






Class Contribution




Grading assignment policy

a) Class contributions (e.g., class attendance and participation, discussions, asking/replying questions in class, meetings with TA/professor to discuss course material, contributing to Piazza etc.) .... (5% of grade) You should attend all classes for highest class contribution credit.

b)  The range of scores for a grade are approximately as follows:

( >97%: A+, 94-97: A, 89-93: A-)

( >87%: B+, 83-86: B, 80-82: B-)

( >77%: C+, 73-76: C, 70-72: C-)

( >67%: D+, 60-66 D)

c)  If you do not do the projects or home works, you will get an F.

Late Submission Policy

Penalty for late homework is 10% for each class day after due date. Problems on grading of assignments/exams/projects must be resolved within one week after the graded work is returned/project score is posted. The grades will not be modified after the one week time period.

Absence from Class

You must attend all classes. Absence in five or more classes will lower your final grade.

Purdue's Honor Pledge

Any cheating in home work, projects and Exams will lead to an F grade in course. Do not copy from anywhere. Always give a reference to work quoted or figures or data used.
This class will follow Purdue's Honor Pledge.

CAPS Information

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Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is a resource for students and instructors. Students may present a “Letter of Accommodation” to me at any point in the semester. In many cases the DRC can partner with the instructor to develop inclusive teaching strategies that benefit all students in the class. I am committed to accommodate you.