LIBR 242-10
Database Management
Spring 2009 Greensheet

Steve Perry

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Course Description

This course is an introduction to database concepts, database design, database implementation, and database management. Although three major database models will be introduced in this course, the emphasis will be on the relational database model. Students will learn how to design and implement a relational database and gain hands-on experience with the Oracle database management system. SQL and web-based database access will also be covered.

In the lab sessions, we will concentrate on using Oracle based tools to design and build relational databases.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, LIBR 202, LIBR 204, LIBR 240 (Recommended: LIBR 246)

Course Objectives

Student Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the course the students are expected to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of database models, database design, and database management systems;
  • Know how to design and implement a properly-normalized relational database;
  • Acquire an introductory level of skill in using the Oracle DBMS;
  • Be aware of management and social issues such as database security and privacy.

 LIBR 242 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems.

Course Requirements

Contacting the Instructor
I check my email account at least once per day, Monday-Friday, usually in the daytime.  I generally do not check for emails on Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays.

Emergency email:
(Use only if no reply received within 48 hours from my regular email)

Important Dates
Semester: Spring 2009 (2009/01/22 through 2009/05/13)
Class No: 29468

The FINAL DATE of this class is 2009/05/13
No assignments or exams will be accepted after that date!

Spring Recess: March 23-27, 2009

Course Format
This class is delivered in an online format.

There are 7 assignments that will require you to solve database design problems, use SQL, and write about database management issues. These assignments are worth 10 points each.

The Final Exam is worth 30 points.

Each assignment has a target due date (details will be posted on the class Web site) and there is a 7-day grace period for each assignment.  One penalty point is deducted from your score for each day (past 7 days) that your assignment is turned in late.  For example, if an assignment is 10 days late, and is worth 10 points, the highest score you could receive for it would be 7 points.

NO assignments or exams will be accepted after the FINAL DATE of this class (listed at the top of this page) unless I've given you an explicit extension.


70-90% Assignments
10-30% Final Examination

Textbooks and Readings 

Required Textbooks:

  • Rob, P., & Coronel, C. (2007). Database Systems: Design, Implementation, and Management, (Eighth Edition). Course Technology. Available through Amazon: 1423902017. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

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

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


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;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — 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 the following semester. 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.

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

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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