• Instructor: Alin Deutsch, lastname at cs dot ucsd dot edu -Office Hours: 4:00-5:00 on teaching days, 1:30-2:30 on non-teaching Saturdays
  • TA: Costas Zarifis, zarifis at cs dot ucsd dot edu
  • Office Hours: 4:00-5:00 on teaching days, 12:30-1:30 on non-teaching Saturdays
  • Place: Rady School of Management, room 1S114 (on teaching days)

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Prior exposure to SQL (either in an introductory db class or programming experience, OK if only cursory)


The recommended textbook is “Database Systems: the Complete Book” by H. Garcia-Molina, J. Ullman and J. Widom.

Topics Covered

This course covers the fundamentals of relational database management, with particular emphasis on

  • Relational Data Model
  • Database Design
  • SQL
  • Query Processing
  • Performance tuning (indexing, materialized views)
  • Column Stores
  • Parallel Databases (includes the Map-Reduce programming paradigm)
  • Datalog (time permitting)


There will be 4 programming assignments, 2 written homeworks, a class participation grade and a final.