IST 210 / Section 3 / Spring 2008 (by Dongwon Lee, Ph.D.)
:: S Y L L A B U S ::
Overview: This is an introductory course to teach the fundamentals and basic principles of databases and their related technologies. Throughout this course, students will explore those areas, which are fundamental to the design, development, and implementation of enterprise wide information systems. In this course, we will cover the following major topics:
  • Introduction to Databases and Database Technologies
  • Conceptualization of Database Designs
  • Database Design Refinement
  • Database Design Implementation
  • Database Management and Administration
  • The Future of Databases

Textbook: Fundamentals of Database Management Systems by Mark L. Gillenson (ISBN:0471262978) is the required textbook. PSU Bookstore should have new copies ready, but "feel free to buy used books for bargain."

DBMS: We use the Microsoft SQL Server in classrooms. If you are within PSU IP domain, you can read related books from O'Reilly's Safari for free. Our choice of the DBMS has nothing to do with the superiority of the product. Therefore, by all means, if you are already familiar with other one, you are free to use other DBMS for your projects (i.e., MySQL, PostgreSQL, mSQL, DB2, Oracle, etc).

Time & Location

  • Section 3: M W 02:30P - 03:45P, 206 IST


Office Hour

  • Professor: Mon, 11:00A - 01:00P, IST 313A
  • TA: Wed, 12:30P - 02:30P Fri, 1:00P - 3:00P, IST 325D

Grading is based on the Curved policy (detailed ranges are subject to change)

  • Top 5%: A
  • Next 5%: A-
  • Next 10%: B+
  • Next 10%: B
  • Next 10%: B-
  • Next 20%: C+
  • Next 25%: C
  • Rest: F/D

Grading Proportion (Subject to change)

  • Homework: 13%
  • Un-announced Quizzes: 12%
  • Projects: 20%
  • Two Closed Book Midterms: 25%
  • One Closed Book Final: 25%
  • Miscellaneous (e.g., attendance, class participation): 5%
  • Penalty points (e.g., cell phone, gaming, or surfing in class): -10%


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