SE 385 Home Page

SE 385 is an introduction to Database theory. It is closed for the year.


No class on Friday, October 15. The department will be running a Tech Wars event.


The second test is postponed to Wednesday, October 20. The emphasis will be on SQL Queries and other things we have covered. See the presentations listed below.
The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14 at 8:00.

The assignments

Creating the college database on your machine. Due on Friday, 10/22. This will require that you download the free Express version of SQL Server and then install. At the end of the install click on the Install SSMS button.
Fourth SQL Query Worksheet. Due on Wednesday, 10/13.
Third SQL Query Worksheet. Due Wednesday, 10/6.
ERD exercise. Due on Monday, September 27.
Second SQL Query Worksheet. Due on Wednesday, 9/29.
An exercise using RelaX. RelaX is a Relational Algebra calculator. Due Friday, September 10.
First SQL Query Worksheet. Due on Monday, September 20 - postponed because of the test. Be sure to follow all the instructions on the sheet.


The intent is to have the presentations available before the start of class. They will be left here for some time after presentation.
Not yet finished.
The disk manager.
Transaction Management.
Recovery of a DB.
The SQL Data Manipulation Language.
The MakeMoo utility. This is what will keep you from typing in all of the college data.
The SQL Data Definition Language.
Client server paradigm.
Everything below this will be on the second test.
SQL Join.
How Joins are done.
SQL Queries 3.
Hash Indices.
Entity relationship diagrams.
SQL Queries 2.
Error Correction Codes.
SQL Queries.
Introduction to SQL.
Everything below this will be on the first test.
System catalog.
Relational calculus.
Relational algebra.
A handout with examples of relational algebra operators. Not an assignment, you do not need to turn in.
The functions a database should provide.
Database models.
The relational model.
History of database.
File organizations.


Fundamentals of Database Systems by Elmasri and Navathe.

Important documents overviewing the course:

The syllabus for SE 385 or the ADA friendly syllabus for SE 385.

Files and handouts

A description of the sample schemas for the college database (Word format). We will use this both for examples and exercises. Revised 9/11.

The SQL test page.


Download the free Express version of SQL Server. Download and then install. During the install you should also be able to install the SSMS, which you will need.

A Relational Algebra calculator.

The SQL test page.

Source code for another Relational Algebra calculator.

A free online drawing tool.

Articles of interest

SQL Injection Attacks.
SQL misconceptions illuminated.
The shrinking SQL NoSQL divide.
A ranking of popularity of data base engines.
How to fake database design.
First things to look for on a SQLServer implementation.
Survey of ACID implementation in common databases
Jim Gray's Data Management History This predates and foresees the NOSQL movement.
12 years of CAP

Other links of interest

Banks are BASE and not ACID.

Feeling lucky? Download the free version of DB2.

Also of interest. Download the free version of Oracle 11.

DataBase Adminstrator Jokes.

Return links

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Last time I updated this page: October 13, 2021.