Introduction to Database Management Systems

Semester: Winter 2017
Course/Sect#: CSE-3421
Time: Tuesday, Thursday 5:30PM
Location: TBA
Course website:
Instructor: Jarek Gryz
Office: 2049 Lassonde Bldg.
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 5:00PM
and by appointment
Ph#: 416-736-2100 x70150
T.A.: Nasim Razavi
Office: Lassonde 2013
Office Hours: TBA
Ph#: N/A

Course Materials (to accumulate over the semester)
The Course

Description (from the academic calendar)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamental concepts of database management, including aspects of data models, database languages, and database design. At the end of this course, a student will be able to understand and apply the fundamental concepts required for the use and design of database management systems.

Course Objectives

Students will become proficient at modeling databases at a conceptual and physical level of design. Students will be able to develop database schemas that enforce data integrity. Students will also become knowledgeable in the creation, altering, and manipulation of tables, indexes, and views using relational algebra and SQL.

Specific topics to be covered include:

This corresponds to the following chapters from the textbook: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 17, 18 and possibly 5 and 10.

Learning Outcomes for the course:

After successful completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:
Books / Reading

Required Textbook / Reading

Database Systems: The Complete Book
H. Garcia-Molina, J.D. Ullman, & J. Widom
2nd edition, 2009
Pearson / Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0-13-187325-3

Useful Books / Reading

Understanding the New SQL: A Complete Guide
First Edition, 1993.
Jim Melton and Alan R. Simon.
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
ISBN: 1-55860-245-3
Using the New DB2: IBM's Object-Relational Database System
First Edition, 1996.
Don Chamberlin
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
ISBN: 1-55860-373-5

Grading Criteria / Course Requirements

Percentage When
Midterm 20% Feb 28
Final Exam 40% April 12
Project 30% TBA
Homeworks 10% Every 2-3 weeks

The grading policy is a standard one. The instructor will grade the exams. The TA will grade the projects. Homeworks will not be graded; you get credit for simply submitting the asnwers to homework questions. Projects and homeworks late no more than 24 hours will receive half of the credit. After 24 hour delay, no assignments will be accepted.

York University's rules for academic honesty and plagiarism always remain in effect. Discussion is fine on the projects. However, collaboration is not. The work must be your own. Exams, of course, must be done on your own.

If you miss a test for good reason (e.g., illness with a medical document), your Final Exam grade will count for both the final exam and the missed test.

Useful On-line Information
  • DB2: Getting-started instructions (These notes are specific for us!)
  • DB2: Getting-started instructions (version prepared by our tech staff)
  • SQL
  • DB2: Lots more DB2 documentation
    Jarek Gryz