Basic Information


Database Management Systems 3rd Edition by Ramakrishnan and Gehrke.

Optional recommended alternative: Database Systems Concepts 6th Edition by Silberschatz, Korth and Sudarshan.

Discussion Forum

Please ask questions and make comments on Piazza.

Grading Policy

  • Homework/Project Assignments: 35% of semester grade. See assignment info below.
  • Quizzes (a.k.a. Vitamins): 10% of the semester grade.
    • We will drop your two lowest vitamin scores!
  • Lecture Exercises: Required to be 100% complete to take the corresponding vitamin.
  • Two Mid-terms: 30% of the semester grade total.
    • 18% will come from your higher-scored exam, 12% from your lower-scored exam.
  • Final Exam: 25% of the semester grade.

Discussion worksheets are not required and do not count toward your grade.

Notes on grading (please read):

  • The percentages are subject to change as circumstances dictate.
  • Active participation in piazza and/or section can positively affect your final grade.
  • Work that you submit must be your own. We will run the latest software duplication checkers on submitted assignments.
  • We will be following the EECS departmental policy on Academic Honesty, so be sure you are familiar with it. And hey -- don't cheat. Not cool.


See the Homework Assignments page for pointers to the assignments.

Late Policy on Assignments:

To Be Determined. It is our goal to offer a "slip day" policy for assignments as in previous semesters, but we are still investigating how to make the edX bookkeeping work for this.