COP 5725 u01: Principles of DBMS - Spring 2016




Naphtali David Rishe, Ph.D.
University Park, ECS-243, Miami, FL 33199
Direct: (305)348-2025; Secretary: (305)348-1706; Fax: (305)348-1707
Office hours: by appointment

Francisco Ortega, Ph.D.
University Park, ECS 263.

Office hours:Wednesday 10:30am to 12:00pm and 2:00 to 4:30pm, or by appointment

Web Sites:

TA: Raul Camarca - PhD Student

Lecture time: Monday and Wednesday 17:00-18:15

Final Exam Date: TBA

Location:ECS 132

Pre-requisites: Graduate Standing


Required Text Book:Database Management Systems, 3rd. Edition. by Raghu Ramakrishnan and Johannes Gehrke

GRADING (1000 point scale; 100% = 1000 points):

  • Exam(s) 40%. At least two exams and one of them before drop date.
  • Assigments 25%.
  • Topic Presentation 10%. Assigned by instructor or choosen by Student from a select list of topics.
  • Final Project 25%. This includes final project (in group), report, and presentation with live demo


    This class deals with basic and advanced topics of RDBMS. Please find all material in CS moodle. In particular, the class will be divided into three parts.

  • Fundamental RDBMS theory.
  • Semantical Databases and/or Use Case Studies (provided by Dr. Rishe).
  • Advanced DB topics.

    Student Conduct and Learning Enviroment

    Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and to honestly demonstrate the quality of their learning.

    Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook:


    Can I change this document?

    From Faculty's handbook:

    Instructors retain the right to modify the course syllabus for any reason throughout the semester provided that:

  • Fair and adequate notice is given to enrolled students either by e-mail, in writing, or through online publishing.

  • Modifications to the syllabus are not arbitrary or capricious.

  • Students are not unfairly disadvantaged by mid-semester changes to grading standards, attendance standards, or performance measures.

    NOTE: In most cases, I will only change this document to acommodate the entire class. I will let you know if there are any changes.


  • Code of Academic Integrity:
  • University Policies: academic misconduct, sexual harassment, religious holydays, and information on services for students with disabilities
  • If you have any disability make sure you let me know with time to make any accommodation. Also, please make sure you check the FIU Disability Center web site at : I will be more than happy to accommodate any part of this class, based on the recommendation of DRC.

    Incomplete Grade Policy:

    See "About Course" section (above).

    Important Dates:

  • TBA

    Holidays (university will be closed)

  • TBA

    How to do well in this class (applies to all classes)

    The following items are what I found during my studies to help me. Maybe some will help you


    Go to moodle for lectures


  • I will try to accommodate legitimate, verifiable cases of illness and emergencies. I do accomodate religious holydays.

  • Link to undergraduate student misconduct.

  • Link to graduate student misconduct.


  • News will be posted in moodle.