Oracle and SQL - CIS50

Professor: Priscilla Grocer

Office: K-112

Course Description (from catalog):

This course is an introduction to the Oracle database. The student will learn to work with Oracle and the structured query language SQL as they design, manipulate and access the database. In addition, the concepts and design of relational databases will be analyzed and implemented.

Course Objectives:

The primary objective of this course is to teach the student to work with Oracle both in the development of the database and the use of SQL and PL/SQL. At the completion of this course, the following objectives should have been accomplished:

Texts: There is no required text for this course. The course notes are available at the course Web site. If the student wants to Oracle software for use on a home computer, the student version is available at the bookstore bundled with the following book.

Modern Database Management fifth edition
McFadden, Hoffer, and Prescott
Addison-Wesley, 1999
ISBN 0-8053-605409
Web Site:

Material to be Covered: The order in the syllabus does not necessary reflect the order that will used in the course. Please use the weekly schedule sheet to follow the assigned topics.

  1. Introduction/concepts
    1. Relational database
    2. Normalization
    3. Entity Relationship model
    4. Object orientation
    5. Introduction to Oracle
    6. Introduction to SQL
  2. SQL statements in Oracle
    1. Basic SQL statements
      1. Selecting
      2. Arithmetic expressions
      3. Concatenating
    2. Introduction to SQL
    3. Limiting and Sorting data
    4. Functions
    5. Using multiple tables
    6. Grouping functions
    7. Simple subqueries
    8. Multiple column subqueries
  3. Additional features
    1. Output
    2. Updating - add, changes and deletions
    3. Manipulating data
    4. Creating and maintaining tables
    5. Keys
    7. Database objects and indexing
  4. More advanced features of Oracle and SQL
    1. Controlling access
    2. PL/SQL structure
    3. Variables
    4. Writing executable code
    5. SQL and PL/SQL
    6. Control structures
      1. If
      2. For loop
      3. While loop
    7. Composite data types
    8. Working with cursors
    9. Exceptions


Requirements and Grading: The student will be expected to complete all assigned work. In addition there will be a final exam.
A schedule of assignments, projects, exams, quizzes etc. will be posted on the Web site. Students should check on a regular basis.
Grading percents are:
Evaluation:Assignments, programs and exams are graded using either number grades or letter grades based on the following (A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, F=below 60). The student's grade for the course will use the same scale and will be based on the percentages explained in the grading section. Plus and minus grades will be given.

Attendance:The student is allowed to cut six one hour classes.

Methodology: This course is taught as a Distance Learning, Web based course. The student should read the assigned notes, study the presentations available and avail themselves of other resources in mastering the course material. Supplementary, voluntary lectures will be given periodically throughout the period of the course at the designated course time. In addition, students will be working independently on projects designed to give them additional computer skills and practical experience in analyzing and solving problems. When appropriate, exercises and problem solving techniques are used.

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