SE 385 Home Page

SE 385 is an introduction to Database theory.


The second test is scheduled for Friday, October 20. The emphasis will be on SQL and other things we have covered.
The final exam will be on Thursday, December 14 at 1:00.

The assignments

All of the SQL assignments will use the following: a description of the sample schemas for the college database (Word format).
The SQL test page.

ERD exercise. Due on Wednesday, 10/11.
Fourth SQL Query Worksheet. Due on Friday, 10/13.
A BTree worksheet. Due on Friday, 9/29.
Third SQL Query Worksheet. Postponed until Monday, 10/2.
Second SQL Query Worksheet. Due on Monday, 9/25.
First SQL Query Worksheet. Due on Wednesday, 9/20. 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 covered.
Transactiopn Management.
Schema refinement.
Schema refinement 2.
Schema refinement 3.
Anything below this can be on the second test.
The SQL Data Manipulation Language.
The SQL Data Definition Language.
Entity relationship diagrams.
Hash Indices.
SQL Join.
SQL Queries 3.
SQL Queries 2.
Client server paradigm.
Introduction to SQL.
SQL Queries.
Anything below this can be on the first test.
Error Correction Codes.
System catalog.
Relational calculus. Updated 9/5.
Relational algebra.
The functions a database should provide.
Database models.
The relational model.
History of database. Updated 8/23.
Basics of disks.
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.

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.

Download the Express version of SQL Server, which is free.

Feeling lucky? Download the free version of DB2.

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

The SQL test page.

DataBase Adminstrator Jokes.

Return links

Return to Curt Hill's home page.

Last time I updated this page: October 16, 2017.