This special course offering is designed to introduce students to the latest developments in several areas of databases research, and to offer students an opportunity to work on a semester-long research project. Though the course is primarily designed for research-oriented graduate students, advanced undergraduates are also welcome. Some basic knowledge of databases is assumed; students are expected to pick up additional background knowledge as necessary.
The course will have seminar-style class meetings. Students will read recent research papers, and give presentations and lead discussions of these papers in most of the class meetings. There also will be an open-ended course project of students' own choosing. Provided that it has a substantial component related to data processing and management, it will be not restricted to materials covered in the course. A number of lectures throughout the semester will be devoted to discussing and and critiquing project ideas.
There will not be any exams or homework (except ungraded reading and presentation assignments). The grade will be based on class participation and course project only.
Instructor: Jun Yang
Time and Place
10:05am-11:20am on Tuesdays; North 306
No textbook is required. There will be a reading list drawn from recent research literature. The list will be posted and updated regularly on the course Web site.
Web and Email
Most of the course materials, including the tentative schedule, lecture notes, reading list, etc., will be available through the course Web page (http://www.cs.duke.edu/courses/spring08/cps399.28/).
The email address firstname.lastname@example.org reaches everybody in the class as well as the instructor. Only announcements, questions/answers, and comments of general interests should be sent to this address. Specific questions should be directed to the instructor. Please check your emails regularly, as important announcements and information will be sent via email.
Grading is done on an absolute scale (in other words, there is no curve). Anyone earning 90% or more of the total number of points available will receive a grade in the A range; 80% or more guarantees a grade in the B range; 70% or more guarantees a grade in the C range; 60% or more guarantees a grade in the D range.
Under the Duke Honor Code, you are expected to submit your own work in this course. On many occasions, it is useful to ask others for hints or help, or to search the Web for related resources (e.g., slides from the original authors of a paper you are presenting). Such activities are acceptable, but you must explicitly indicate any assistance you received. Any assistance received that is not given proper citation will be considered a violation of the Honor Code. In any event, you are responsible for understanding and being able to explain on your own all materials that you submit and present. The course staff will pursue aggressively all suspected cases of Honor Code violations, and they will be handled through official University channels.
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