CMSC461 -- Data Base Management Systems
UMBC CMSC 461 CSEE | 461 | current 461



Instructor: Gary Burt
Office: ECS 202B
Office Hours: MW 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment Telephone: 410-455-3928

Class Time and Place

Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 - 3:45 p.m., CP209


Course Homepage

This course has a homepage where assignments and grades will be posted. Many of the handouts will also be available off of the homepage.

The URL is:


at least two smaller projects (100 points each)
one larger project (400 points(
a number of pop-quizzes (10 points each)
a number of homework assignments (100 points each) written paper (200 points)
midterm (200 points) final exam worth (400 points) Your final letter grade is based on the standard formula:

Your grade is based on timely work accomplished during the semester; incomplete grades will only be given for medical illness or other such dire circumstances.

Project Submission and Grading

The critical skills cannot be learned simply by attending the class. You should budget enough time to work on the projects as well. Late projects will not be accepted unless approved in advance by the lecturer!

Project Policy

All projects must be completed by your own individual effort. You should never have a copy of someone else's project either on paper or electronically under any circumstance. Also, you should never give a copy of your project, either on paper or electronically, to another student. This also means that you cannot "work" on the project together. Cases of academic dishonesty will be dealt with severely.

If your project is turned in by someone else, both you and the person copying your project will receive a 0 for that project. This includes "substantially similar" projects. Furthermore, all parties concerned will have their prior projects checked for cheating. So, if you cheat on Project 4, you can lose all the points from Projects 1 through 3 as well, even though you may have done all the work and just "let" other people copy from you.

Lectures and Readings

You are expected to attend all classes. You are responsible for all material covered in the lecture, even if they are not in the textbook. You are responsible for the material in the readings, even if they are not covered during lecture.
There will be supplemental material on the course webpages that you are will have to master in addtion to the material in the book. You need to monitor the course web pages daily. All new material will be marked with a yellow icon and the word, along with the date the material was modified. That icon will remain for at least one week.


The exams will be closed-book and closed-notes.

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