Course Info


Introduction

The topics covered include:

The above topics are going to be partially covered in the lectures; however, to get a full understanding of the topics, you will have to do the readings. The readings will include chapters from a prescribed textbook as well as research papers.

Prior knowledge assumed

We assume that you have taken COMS4037, have a good knowledge of algorithms and data structures, and can program in a low-level language, such as C or C++.

Course instructor

Dr. Dmitry Shkatov

dmitry.shkatov -AT- wits.ac.za

Office: MSB 105

Office hours: TBD

Lecture schedule

Tue 10:15 -- 12:00 in MSL111

For the schedule of lab sessions and tutorials, consult the School notice board.

Assessment

Grading

Midterm exam -- 20%
Homeworks -- 40%
Final exam -- 40%

Homeworks

Homeworks will be assigned on a regular basis. All homework assignments will be submitted through the course's GitHub page. Instructions for submission of homework assignments can be found here.

Exam

The course concludes with a final closed-book exam.

Textbooks

Prescribed

Raghu Ramakrishnan and Johannes Gehrke. Database Management Systems. 3rd edition. (R&G) (available from Van Schaik at Matrix and the library)

Recommended

Hector Garcia-Molina, Jeffrey D. Ullman, and Jennnifer Widom. Databases systems: The complete book. 2nd edition. (available from the library) (G&U&W)

Computing Resources

You will be using Linux machines in the Mathematical Sciences labs. The machines will be equipped with all the software needed for the course.

Collaboration Policy

All the homeworks are to be done individually.

Maintained by Dmitry Shkatov
Last modified: Tue Jul 19 13:42:16 SAST 2016