Contacting Dr. Thomas
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Put "CS4250" in the subject line of the email.
The required text for the class is: Databases Illuminated, 3rd ed
by C. Ricardo and S.D. Urban. ('Navigate 2 Advantage Access' offered by publishers is not necessary.)
Student Requirements and Responsibilities
Your primary responsibility is to
be an active, engaged, prepared participant in the course. There will be quite a
bit of reading which will require your consistent attention. Learning
and understanding are active, not passive processes. You will have
to take responsibility for your own learning, and you will
be expected to contribute to other's learning also. Part of your
learning will involve expressing yourself, in writing and verbally.
Other specific requirements:
- You will be expected to read most of the readings before the lecture
that covers that topics. The instructor may give pop quizzes on the
- There will be an in-class midterm, two quizzes, and a final, covering the
primary material of the course.
- There will be homework exercises.
- There will be significant project assignments, requiring full participation in
group work outside of class time. We will discuss this in more detail in class.
The final grade weighting of student work is estimated in the table
below. The final weights should be close to those in the table,
but circumstances may arise during the semester that force
(For example, if one of the exams proves unusually difficult, the
instructor may reduce the weight of that exam and weight the other
There are three major components to student grades in this class: 1) exams, 2) individual assignments, and 3) assignments completed as a group.
If a student does not demonstrate a minimal level of competence in
each and all of the three components, this is grounds for assigning an
F or NC in the class.
Strong evidence from multiple sources that a student did not participate
significantly in multiple parts of the group project is grounds to assign
a zero to up to 15% of the Assignments portion of that student's grade.
CR/NC grading may be requested only by filing a form in MSR by
the appropriate deadline. See the
web page for more information about deadlines.
|Quizzes, Midterm, Final Exam
||7, 7, 15, 15%
|Homeworks and Programming Assignments
|Class participation, pop quizzes, extra credit, etc
A plus and minus grading scale will be used for final grades.
The work you do for this course will be your own.
You are not to submit other people's work and represent it as your own.
Students who violate this policy will receive no credit on the assignment, may
receive an "F" in the course (at the instructor's discretion), and
a report will be sent to the university
Office of Judicial Affairs.
Each student gets an automatic extension of 4 calendar days. You can use the
extension on any programming or homework assignment(s) remaining during
the semester (in increments that are rounded up to the nearest integer).
For instance, you can hand in one
assignment 4 days late, or each of four assignments 1 day late. When
you hand in a late assignment, you must identify in the
README file the following: (i) how late this assignment is, and (ii) how much
of the total slip time you have left. No assignment will be accepted more then
4 days late. After you have used up your slip time, any assignment handed in
late will be marked off 25% per day. There will be no extensions granted.