Vanderbilt’s CS 265 (Introduction to Database Management Systems) in Spring 2017 is taught by Doug Fisher (see Personnel and Office Hours). Class is scheduled in Featheringill 132:
- Tuesday from 8:10 am to 9:25 am (alternatively, 4:00 – 5:15 pm Tuesdays)
- Thursdays from in 8:10 am to 9:25 am (alternatively, 4:00 – 5:15 Wednesdays)
Course grades are computed from scores on two midterm exams, a final exam, and a project (see Grading).
Each class meeting on the schedule is associated
The great majority of out-of-class lectures are done using Professor Jennifer Widom’s Self-Paced Database mini-courses, offered by Stanford University as an online reference. We are using the material free of charge in CS 265 with the blessing of Professor Widom and Stanford University. Completing and submitting online materials on time has big benefits for your exam grades, and therefore your overall grades (see Flipped Classes).
In addition to learning from me, the online material, and each other, you can optionally engage in other online communities created explicitly to benefit the learning and professional networking of CS 265 students. Hopefully, these communities will include some of over the 500 alums who have taken CS 265 over the past 20 years (see Communities).
Finally, a comment on your workload. Vanderbilt has no stated guideline (that I can find) on the amount you work per credit hour, but other universities state an expectation of an average of 3 hours per credit hour per week. You can search for it yourself on the Web, but this passes my sanity check (a 20 credit hour semester would have you working 60 hours per week on classes if every class were exactly at “expectation”, about what I do, and a 15 credit hour semester would have you working about 45 hours per week on classes). For a 3 credit course like CS 265, that is approximately 9 hours of work per week, including class time (or 6.5 hours outside of class per week). Of this 6.5 hours, I estimate the time to watch videos and do exercises outside of class will be approximately 4.0 hours per week, leaving about 2.5 hours per week for work on team-based projects for class (on average).