Database Systems and Concepts

Title: Database System and Concepts Code: CSCI 3030U

Instructor: Jarek Szlichta, jarek [at] ontariotechu [dot] ca

Description: This course studies Database Systems and the related theories and concepts. Students will be introduced to the classical relational data model and the theory of relational data normalization. We will also cover modern data models such as the semi-structured, and unstructured data models.

We cover a range of data query languages including SQL, XQuery and text search based query methods. Practical issues such as performance, security and application programming interfaces to host languages are discussed. We also discuss the intimate connection between database engines and modern computer systems such as the WWW, mobile devices and computer networks.

Policies: Refer to following link. Refer to the Ontario Tech University, Faculty of Science academic policies

Required reading: Database Systems, The Complete Book, Hector Garcia-Molina, Jeffrey Ullman and Jennifer Widom

Lecture Notes (always check newest version of the slides):

I. Introduction

II. Data Modelling


IV. Relational Algebra


VI. More SQL

VII. Constraints

VIII. Transactions, Views and Indexes

IX. Modelling Workshop

X. SQL Libraries

XI. Data Integration and OLAP

XII. Authorization

XIII. Functional Dependencies


XV. Workshop

XVI. IBM Project: Query Optimization, RDF, SPARQL


Any student who misses an examination (or lab) without a valid medical reason and documentation will receive zero for that examination/lab. Those with medical documentation will either be given a makeup exam/tutorial or will have the weight of the examination added to the final exam.

Midterm:  TBD (Database Design Modelling) and TBD (Applications: rest of the material including SQL and all others) BRING YOUR LAPTOP TO BOTH

Student presentations: last week of classes (TBD and TBD).