Introduction to Desktop Databases
IT 240

Marcus Schaefer

Latest additions

Week 9/10 presentations are up

hw8 is up

Final project requirements are up; second deliverable due 11/8

Homeworks and Examples

Assignments will be available through this webpage. Homeworks are due on the day of class. If you hand in the homework late 10% will be taken off the score for each day.

Homework due
hw1 9/15
hw2 9/22
hw3 9/29
hw4 10/6 
hw5 10/13
hw6 10/25
hw7 11/3
Final project 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22
hw8 11/10

Questions and Answers


Classes and office hours

The class meets MW 10:50-1:20s in CDM 200.


My office hours are M 4:00-5:30 and MW 11:00-11:45. 


During that time you can find me in the CDM building, room 749.
If you want to set up an appointment at another time, or simply ask a question,

send email to



Homework, quizzes: 40%, Midterm (10/18): 30%, Final project: 30%.

I will use the following grading scheme:

Grade Percentage
A 95-100
A- 90-95
B+ 87-90
B 83-87
B- 80-83
C+ 77-80
C 73-77
C- 70-73
D+ 65-70
D 60-65
F <60

Throughout the quarter there will be extra credit problems; extra credit does not directly make up for points lost on homeworks or exams; instead it is added in with a weight at the end to adjust grades upwards.

The midterm will take place during class, date tba. No make-up exam.


The textbook for the class is

Concepts of Database Management, Sixth Edition by Phillip J. Pratt, Joseph J. Adamski, Thomson Course Technology, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1-4239-0147-1, ISBN-10: 1-4239-0147-9.

For general information, see the class syllabus.

Academic Honesty


An incomplete grade is given only for an exceptional reason such as a death in the family, a serious illness, etc. Any such reason must be documented. Any incomplete request must be made at least two weeks before the final, and approved by the Dean of the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems. Any consequences resulting from a poor grade for the course will not be considered as valid reasons for such a request.

Marcus Schaefer
Last updated: September 1st, 2010.