COM 3315 -- Principles of Database Systems - Spring 2002 - General Information
Professor Futrelle -- College of Computer Science, Northeastern U., Boston, MA
(Version of 3/27/2002)
Course description, from the catalogue:
COM 3315 Principles of Database Systems
Studies history, principles and open questions in database
management system research; SQL programming using a database
management system; normalization and entity-relationship design;
access methods; query optimization and other algorithms used in
database system software. Discusses selected topics from
distributed database systems, parallel database systems, and
object-oriented database systems. Computer Science graduate
students will have priority for enrollment in this course.
- Northeastern University, and the
College of Computer Science, Boston, MA.
- Professor Robert P. Futrelle
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- 115 Cullinane
- Hardcopy mailbox:
- 161 Cullinane
- Office 373-4239
- Course Syllabus and Calendars:
- See the separate page for the detailed
Course Syllabus and Calendar for COM3315
- O'Neil, P., and O. N. Elizabeth. 2001.
Database Principles, Programming, and Performance
2nd ed. Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco.
Authors' home page here.
- Reserve books:
- The textbook and an SQLJ book are on Reserve in Snell Library.
The library has approximately 500 books on databases.
Search the Library collection here.
- Personal Help:
- If you need help at any time, find me in my office, call, or send
email, or ask in class to set up an appointment. My office hours and normal
advising hours are Mondays, 3:30-5:30.
- On-line help:
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- Tuesdays 6-9 pm. Room 245CN
- There will be a Midterm and a Final.
All are open book, open notes.
- The grading policy will be worked out on the basis of the exact nature
of the various tests, their level of difficulty, etc. I pay special attention to
the rankings of all students on the tests. Though this results in some "curving"
of the grades, it is still possible, at least in principle, for everyone to do
well. There are no values set aside in the beginning for the fraction of
students getting particular grades.
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