SE 385 Home Page

SE 385 is an introduction to Database theory.


Curt will be gone October 2-4. We may have to have a test then.


The first test will be on Friday, September 15. This will cover the Powerpoints indicated below, models, relational algebra/calculus, RAID and the other generalities. This includes textbook chapters 1-3.
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). Revised 9/11.
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 second relational algebra worksheet. Due Friday, September 8. You will need the college database schema for this.
The first assignment. Due Friday, September 1.


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.
SQL Queries 2.
SQL Queries 3.
Entity relationship diagrams.
SQL Join.
Hash Indices.
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 free version of SQL Server. Unless you are fabulously well to do scroll down to the Express download.

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

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Last time I updated this page: September 19, 2017.