|Week||Lecture Topics & Slides||Readings||Dates||Important Dates|
|1||Overview of DBMSs, Course Overview, Administrative Information [l1.pdf]||DSC Ch 1||Tue, May 9|
|Introduction to the Relational Model [l2.pdf]||DSC Ch 2||Thu, May 11||Assignment 1 Release|
|2||SQL (1) [l3.pdf]||DSC Ch 3||Tue, May 16|
|SQL (2) [l4.pdf]||DSC Ch 3-4||Thu, May 18|
|3||No lecture (see this)||Tue, May 23|
|SQL (3) [l5.pdf]||DSC Ch 4-5||Thu, May 25||Project Milestone 0 Due|
|4||SQL (4) [l6.pdf]||DSC Ch 4, 5||Tue, May 30||Assignment 1 Due|
|DB Design: DB Design E/R Mode [l7.pdf]||DSC Ch 6||Thu, Jun 1||Assignment 2 Release|
|5||DB Design: E/R-Relational Translation [l8.pdf]||DSC Ch 6||Tue, June 6 (Guest)|
|DB Design: Theory (1) [l9.pdf] [l9-exercise.pdf]||DSC Ch 7||Thu, Jun 8 (Online)|
|6||DB Design: Theory (2) [l10.pdf]||DSC Ch 7||Tue, June 13|
|Review lecture [review.pdf]||Thu, June 15|
|7||DBMS Architecture Overview & Physical Data Organization [l11.pdf]||DSC Ch 12, 13||Tue, Jun 20||Assignment 2 Due|
|Indexing [l12.pdf]||DSC Ch 14||Thu, Jun 22||Project Milestone 1 Due||8||No class||Tue, June 27|
|Query Processing [l13.pdf] [l13-optional.pdf]||DSC Ch 15||Thu, Jun 29||9||Query Optimization [l14.pdf]||DSC Ch 16||Tue, Jul 4||Assignment 3 Release|
|Review lectures 11-14 [review-2.pdf]||Thu, Jul 6||10||Transactions [l15.pdf]||DSC Ch 17 (Optional: DIA Ch 7)||Tue, Jul 11||Project Milestone 2 Due|
|Transactions (cont) [l16.pdf]||Thu, Jul 13||11||Database Recovery [l17.pdf]||DSC Ch 18, 19||Tue, Jul 18|
|Beyond 348 (bonus lecture - optional) [l18.pdf]||Class notes||Thu, Jul 20||Assignment 3 Due||12||Project demos||Tue, Jul 25|
|Project demos||Thu, Jul 27||Project Report Due||13||Finals review [review-3.pdf]||Tue, Aug 1|
Crowdmark will be used to submit non-coding assignments. When the CrowdMark instance is ready, all students enrolled in the class will receive an email with a link to their individual submission site. In order to submit, upload a separate PDF file (multiple pages are allowed) to each question. You may resubmit as often as necessary until the due date. (More detailed CrowdMark information is available at https://crowdmark.com/help/completing-and-submitting-an-assignment/.)
|Assignment||Date Posted||Due (11:59pm EDT/EST)||Hand In Via||Markers|
|1 (lectures 1-5)||Tue, May 16||Tue, May 30||Crowdmark||TBD|
|2 (lectures 6-10)||Thu, Jun 1||Tue, Jun 20||Crowdmark||TBD|
|3 (lectures 11-16)||Tue, Jun 27||Thu, Jul 13||Crowdmark||TBD|
Instructions for Assignments: Your written solutions will be judged not only for correctness but also for the quality of your presentation and explanations.
Collaboration Policy: The work you hand in must be your own. Unless specified otherwise, you can always use any result from the textbook, notes, or previous assignment just by citing it. You may discuss the assignment questions verbally with others, but you should come away from these discussions with no written or electronic records and you must acknowledge the discussion. Acknowledge any sources you have used. Any assistance received (from human or nonhuman sources) that is not given proper citation may be considered a violation of the university policies.
The group project is optional. You can choose between doing the group project or having higher weighted exams (refer to the Mark Breakdown section below).
Learn will be used to submit the group project. Detailed instructions will be given in week 2.
|Milestone||Due (11:59pm EDT/EST)|
|0 (Team up)||Thu, May 25|
|1 (Proposal)||Thu, Jun 22|
|2 (Midterm Report)||Tue, Jul 11|
|3 (Final Report & Demo)||Thu, Jul 27|
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|Sujaya Maiyya||(smaiyya)||Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 PM (DC 3343)|
|Instructional Apprentices and Teaching Assistants||Email (
|Eli Henry Dykhne||(ehdykhne)|
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|Instructional Support Coordinator||Email (
Two marking schemes, depending on whether you choose to do the group project:
Note: If you decide to e-mail the course staff, you must use your uwaterloo Quest e-mail account (WatIAM/Quest userID @uwaterloo.ca); otherwise we cannot verify who you are and are limited on what we can accept and respond to.
|Assignment: Missed Deadline||We do not accept emailed assignments. The last files submitted before the
deadline will be marked (submit early and often, even if
If the deadline is missed due to illness or other valid, verifiable reason, see Missed Work Due To Illness below.
|Assignment: Marking Error||Re-mark request, due within one week of release of marks on CrowdMark/Markoset. Contact the TA who marked the specific question and submit a written request. See TAs for contact information.|
|Assignment: Recording Error||Grades will be made available through Crowdmark. Official marks will finally be on Learn. If you notice an error in the recorded value, please contact Sylvie Davies (CS 348 ISC).|
|Enrollment||If Quest won't let you enroll or switch LEC or TUT sections without a permission/override number: Instructors and course staff are unable to help you—you must see a CS academic advisor.|
|General Course Help||Check office hours.|
|Missed Work due to Illness or Valid & Verifiable Reason (Assignments, Exams)||Validation required. See Verification of Illness Services but substitute Sylvie Davies (CS 348 ISC) for references to instructor. Make sure you also read the Math Faculty document on the consequences of submitting a VIF.|
|Accessibility Services (AAS) exam accommodation forms (request to write at AAS)||Submit to AAS at least 3 weeks before exam|
Mental Health: If you or anyone you know experiences any academic stress, difficult life events, or feelings like anxiety or depression, we strongly encourage you to seek support.
Diversity: It is our intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well served by this course, and that students’ learning needs be addressed both in and out of class. We recognize the immense value of the diversity in identities, perspectives, and contributions that students bring, and the benefit it has on our educational environment. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let us know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally or for other students or student groups. In particular:
MOSS (Measure of Software Similarities) is used in this course as a means of comparing students' assignments to ensure academic integrity. We will report suspicious activity, and penalties for plagiarism/cheating are severe. Please read the available information about academic integrity very carefully.
Discipline cases involving any automated marking system such as Marmoset include, but are not limited to, printing or returning values in order to match expected test results rather than making an actual reasonable attempt to solve the problem as required in the assignment question specification.