Syllabus for UNCA CSCI 343 -- Spring 1999

The instructor for CSCI 343 is Dean Brock. The course will meet on Wednesday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Robinson 217. The textbook for the course will be Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation and Management (Second Edition) written by Thomas Connolly, Carolyn Begg, and Anne Strachan, and published by Addison Wesley Longman (ISBN 0-201-34287-1). This is a not the same edition of the text that was used in the Spring 1998 semester. If you borrow an old textbook, you do so at your own risk.

CSCI 202, Introduction to Data Structures, is the prerequisite for this course. There will be assignments that involve programming in C++. It is assumed that you can program competently!

Course Objectives


Grades will be based on a combination of graded homework, two in-class tests, and one final exam. The weights given to the various forms of graded material for students who are not graduating seniors are:

Some homework assignments will involve writing database access and update statements in SQL. SQL is fairly portable, and you should be able to use any of the popular PC database management systems to test your assignments; however, sample databases will generally be distributed in MS Access format.

Unless your are told otherwise, homework assignments are expected to be the result of your own individual effort. Copying and sharing programming assignments is not allowed.

For more information

My office is Robinson 220. My office hours are Monday from 2:00 to 5:00. However, if you need to see me at other times, just call me at 232-5161. I do frequently read electronic mail and sending a message to my computer account,, is generally the best way to get a fast response.

Copies of all handouts for CSCI 343 are available via the internet at

Obligatory Dilbert database cartoon

I think mauve has the most RAM

Clearly included without permission.

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