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College of Professional and Global Education · School of Information

Database Management
INFO 242

  • Spring 2023
  • Sections 01, 10
  • 3 Unit(s)
  • 01/25/2023 to 05/15/2023
  • Modified 05/22/2023

Canvas Information: Courses will be available January 25th, 6 am PT.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Contact Information

Dr. Geoffrey Z. Liu
Office Hours: Email, Zoom Chat, and Zoom Meeting by appointment

Course Information

Orientation: Friday, 1/27 (7:00-9:30pm PT)

Course Description and Requisites

Design and implementation of relational databases. Learn about database management systems (such as Oracle), database administration, and database querying with SQL.


INFO 202. Not available to Open University Students.

Classroom Protocols


Students are expected to participate fully in all class activities. It is expected that students will be open-minded and participate fully in discussions in class and debate in a mature and respectful manner. Use of derogatory, condescending, or offensive language including profanity is prohibited. Disagreement is healthy and perfectly acceptable. Expressing disagreement should always include an explanation of your reasoning and, whenever possible, evidence to support your position. In accordance with San José State University's Policies, the Student Code of Conduct, and applicable state and federal laws, discrimination based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability is prohibited in any form.

Program Information

Course Workload

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Goals

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes) Supported

INFO 242 supports the following core competencies:

  1. E Design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems.
  2. G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of database models, database design, and database management systems (DBMS).
  2. Design and implement a properly normalized relational database.
  3. Use the Oracle DBMS with an introductory level of skill.
  4. Identify management and social issues such as database security and privacy.

Course Materials


Required Textbooks:

  • Coronel, C., & Morris, S. (2022). Database systems: Design, implementation, & management (14th ed.). Cengage Learning. Available through Amazon: 0357673034.

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Bryla, B., & Loney, K. (2013). Oracle database 12c: The complete reference (1st ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. Available as free eBook through King Library

Course Requirements and Assignments

Students will complete the following tasks for performance evaluation:

  • Individual exercises 20% (5 points each) -- CLO#1
  • Group project 60% (12 points per stage) -- CLO#2 & CLO#3
  • Final exam 20% -- CLO#1 & CLO#4

The individual exercises are designed to practice concrete skills in preparation for each stage of the group project. The group project is to design and implement a relational database based on a chosen case scenario. The project is divided into five stages, each building on the product of the previous stage. The final exam is for assessing theoretical understanding of basic concepts, and a mock version will be provided one week in advance for studying and practicing.

All written work should be word-processed and free of grammatical and spelling errors. If help is needed to improve your academic writing, see the Writing Resources for Students for numerous resources and free tutoring programs.

Late work will not be accepted unless the student has previously made an arrangement with the instructor or has a legitimate reason with proper documentation in the case of unexpected hardship. PLEASE NOTE that it is students' responsibility to submit and maintain the electronic version of their works until final grades are issued.

Students' individual/group works will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Basic content as required (80%);
  • Originality and creativity (10%);
  • Documentation and content presentation (10%);

Letter grades may be assigned to assignments and automatically converted to proportionate points. At the end of the semester, all earned points are summated to yield a total which in turn is converted to the final grade. All conversions from letter to points and vice versa are done using the iSchool's standard conversion table as implanted in Canvas.

Grading Information

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100A
94 to 96A minus
91 to 93B plus
88 to 90B
85 to 87B minus
82 to 84C plus
79 to 81C
76 to 78C minus
73 to 75D plus
70 to 72D
67 to 69D minus
Below 67F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9 (PDF), relevant university policy concerning all courses, such as student responsibilities, academic integrity, accommodations, dropping and adding, consent for recording of class, etc. and available student services (e.g. learning assistance, counseling, and other resources) are listed on the Syllabus Information web page. Make sure to visit this page to review and be aware of these university policies and resources.

Course Schedule

(Tentative. Final version to be provided in the Canvas class site)

Unit Topic Tasks Due (all by 11:30 pm)
Orientation in Zoom (Friday 7:00-9:30 pm, mandatory) Self-intro 
Introduction .
Database Design & Implementation (overview) Ex-1
Entity-Relationship (E-R) Modeling Ex-2
Relational Database Model GP-1 initial  2/24
Lab Session 1: Analysis of E-R Diagrams (hourly session per group during 9:00-5: 00 pm) .

(Analysis & revision of E-R diagram)

Transforming Conceptual Design into Relational Implementation

GP-1 2nd  3/3

Database Management Systems

GP-1 final
Database Design - Normalization: Concepts GP-2

Database Implementation in Oracle

Lab Session 2: Database Implementation (pre-recorded)



Spring Recess (campus closed)  

Introduction to SQL Basics

Lab Session 3: Building SQL queries to answer info Qs

Concurrency Control & Phase Lock Ex-4
Advanced SQL for Database Querying GP-4
Web-Based Access to Relational Database .


Database Administration and Advanced Topics GP-5
Final Exam (online, one attempt only of each Q) DUE 5/15