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CISC 3810 Database Systems (Goldberg): Home

Prof. Goldberg's Summer OER

Course Description

Introduction to database systems. Comparison to file processing systems. Data models. Relational, hierarchical, and network systems. Database design. Normal forms. Study of several real-world database management systems, with an emphasis on microcomputer applications. Database recovery query and transaction processing, concurrency. Distributed and object-oriented databases.

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Course Info

Instruction Method: Live lectures on campus.
Day and Time: Mondays-Thursdays 9:55 am – 11:40 am 
Location: Room: IA 236.


Instructor: Harry Goldberg


Virtual office hours: Mondays 12:30-1:30pm. *Zoom Link in syllabus

Course Textbook

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This course is a zero cost/open educational resources (ztc/oer) course.  That means there is no textbook students need to purchase. All materials are available freely to students. All reference materials for the course can be found on the website you are currently on CISC 3810 Database Systems (

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Course Objectives

After successful completion of this course, students will have achieved proficiency in data modeling use the Entity-Relationship Model, Relational Database Design Techniques, Basic and Intermediate SQL query creation, and Database access techniques from current programming languages.

Course Software Suport

Creately, H2, Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL, and Microsoft Access. Instructions on how to acquire these software products will be provided in class and in the Homework Guidelines document in the Homework Guidelines section on Blackboard.

Course Requirements/Grade Components

Grade Components:

  • Midterm: 40%
  • Homework assignments: 20%
  • Final Exam: 40%

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory.

  • Homework will be assigned after each lecture.
  • Homework assignments will be posted via Blackboard in the Topic folder.
  • Submission of homework assignments shall be done via Blackboard.
  • Students will have two attempts to achieve the results with which they are comfortable.
  • Late submissions will be accepted; late penalties may apply to certain assignments.
  • A minimum of 75% of homework assignments that achieve a passing grade must be submitted to pass the course.
  • Homework Guidelines are posted in the Course Documents section on Blackboard.
    • Please download and read these instructions as they contain important information on how to get full credit for your homework and access information to software tools that you will need for this course.
  • You’ll also find links to helpful support videos in the Homework Guidelines document.


Important Course Information

  • All course-related communications will be done via Blackboard-initiated email.
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  • To meet with the instructor during office hours, you may send email requesting an appointment, or just ‘drop in’ to the link provided in the syllabus. On request, your conversation can be moved to a breakout group or in a private session for privacy.
  • Homework assignments will be graded within 24 hours of submission.
  • Any students requiring technical assistance should contact ITS at 718-951-4357.
  • All course slides used during lecture will be available at the time of the lecture on BlackBoard.
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In order to receive academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or who suspect that they might have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell or the Assistant Director, Josephine Patterson or their general email

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Academic dishonesty is punishable by failure of the “…test, examination, term paper or other assignment on which cheating occurred” (Faculty Council, May 18, 1954).

In addition, disciplinary proceedings in cases of academic dishonesty may result in penalties of admonition, warning, censure, disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsion, complaint to civil authorities, or ejection (Adopted by Policy Council, May 8, 1991).

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  • Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both.
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  •  As an option, and in consultation with the Division of Student Affairs, students may take the Leave of Absence Bereavement after the Standard Bereavement.
  • Reference to the Student Bereavement Policies will be noted on course syllabi.
  • Students requesting a religious accommodation should contact the Division of Student Affairs as well. The chief student affairs officer, or a designee, and the student will engage in an interactive process with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation.

Bereavement Procedure:

  • Upon approval from the Division of Student Affairs, the student is allowed one week, commencing from the day of notification to the Division of Student Affairs, of excused absence.
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  • Further extensions may be negotiated with the student when he or she returns to campus.
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  • The Bereavement Leave of Absence is for one semester only.
  • Students who have opted to take the Bereavement Leave of Absence and have already attended classes for the semester of the leave will be allowed to re-enter the following semester without having to reapply to the college.
  • Students who wish to take the leave of absence prior to the beginning of the semester will be required to reapply for the following semester.
  • Students who are in good academic standing will be given the opportunity to successfully complete the credits for the semester in which they return.
  • Students will consult with the Division of Student Affairs, on a case-by-case basis, as to whether they should withdraw from their courses during this leave of absence or to request incompletes from the faculty member.
  •  Given that there may be a potential impact on financial aid, students who receive financial aid and who take the Bereavement Leave of Absence, upon arrangement with the Division of Student Affairs, will meet with a financial aid adviser prior to taking this option.
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  • If students have complaints about the application of this policy, they are entitled to bring action or a proceeding for enforcement of their rights in the Supreme Court of Kings County
Number-letter grade equivalents
Numerical grade Letter Grade
97-100 A+
93-96 A
90-92 A-
87-89 B+
83-86 B
80-82 B-
77-79 C+
73-76 C
70-72 C-
67-69 D+
63-66 D
60-62 D-
Below 60 F