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California State University Stanislaus

CS 4250: Database Management Systems

Spring 2015

2:00 - 2:50 pm, M W F DBH 104, Dr. Megan Thomas

Best way to contact Dr. Thomas:  Email mthomas@cs.csustan.edu  Put "CS4250" in the subject line of the email.

Class Mailing List:  Please sign up for the class e-mailing list.

Text: The required text for the class is: Database Management Systems, 3rd edition, by Ramakrishnan and Gehrke.

Requirements/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:


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 reweighting.  (For example, if one of the exams proves unusually difficult, the instructor may reduce the weight of that exam and weight the other exam higher.)

If a student does not complete most of the assignments that require working alone, 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 that student's grade. ((This paragraph added Feb. 3, 2015.)

Quizzes, Midterm, Final Exam
7, 7, 14, 15%
Homeworks/Programming Assignments
Class participation, pop quizzes, extra credit, etc


A plus and minus grading scale will be used for final grades.

Academic Honesty: 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. Doing so is grounds for an immediate F, and prosecution to the full extent allowed under University policy.

Late Days: 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.