Service Learning Syllabus
CS 3430 - Introduction to Database Systems- Fall 2006
Professor: Dr. Rahman Tashakkori, e-mail:
Web Page: http://www.cs.appstate.edu/~rt/
Office: CAP 121, Office
Office Hours: MWF
8:30-10:00, M 1:00-3:00
Class Time/Location: MWF 10:00-10:50 /Room
Lab Location: Room 336 or 439 CAP
Final Exam: Thursday, December 7, 2006 from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CS2490 (Introduction to
Theoretical Computer Science)
of Database Systems, R. Elmasri and S. B. Navathe,
Addison Wesley, 4th Edition, 2000.
Introduction to Database Systems, C.
J. Date, Addison Wesley.
“As distinguished from
traditional community service, service-learning is intentionally linked with an
academic course and incorporates specific pedagogical goals for community
service – which includes structured reflection activities within
classroom.” This service learning course is intended to give students an
understanding of data modeling concepts as well as an introduction to the
database theory and database systems design and organization. A main
objective of the course is to encourage students to connect with and make a
difference in their community by providing the non-profit organizations in the
community with their services linked directly to the content of the course. Teams of students will effectively engage with
the activities related to the design and implementation of their projects
throughout the semester and will build an appreciation for service learning.
Service Learning Project
- Introduction: Chapters 1 and 2
Model: Chapter 3
Model and Relational Algebra: Chapter 7
Mapping: Chapter 9
Design: Chapter 16
Calculus: Chapter 9
Database Design: Chapter 14,15
and Integrity: Chapter 22
There are many non-profit organizations which are in
need of database systems to handle their daily activities or data. In
this course we work with some of these organizations in teams to create
database systems to address the need of these communities. We work with
the Appalachian & Community Together (ACT) office to identify the
organizations with the need for database systems. In addition to being rewarding, this unique
service learning experience will help us deal with real clients similar to
those in real world. We will have a
chance to experience some of the social issues and will learn from the clients
through interactions that we will have during the semester. We will follow the "Team Software
Process" approach to complete the projects. Students will be graded
based on their individual performance, service learning activities, and
contributions to the team project.
Activities and Logs
Students are required to meet with their teams several times a week and to fill
out a log file indicating the type of activities they were involved with in
each meeting. They are also required to enter their individual activities
in the log files. Teams are required to have meetings with their clients
weekly or bi-weekly to discuss the project. Teams are required to submit
short reports on each of these meetings. Students will present your
project three times during the semester, the first two presentations are to the
instructor, and the last one will be to the entire class at the end of
semester. In these presentations students will reflect on the experience
that they gained from working with clients.
Also they will share how service learning has helped them address some
of the needs of their communities. Representative from the involving
organizations will be invited to attend the final presentation day.
The following grading scale will used in this course:
All students are required to
attend one of the Service-Learning Orientation Sessions that is held between Aug 29 and Sep 6. Also, they are required to complete an
evaluation form on the day of final exam.
- Two Exams 15% each,
Team Service Learning Project 25%, and
- Quizzes and Class Participation %5.
No incomplete grade (I) will
be given in this course.
- A = 93 to 100, A- = 90-93.9
= 87 to 89.9, B = 83-86.9, B- = 80-82.9
= 77 to 79.9, C = 73-76.9, C- = 70-72.9
= 67 to 69.9, D = 63-66.9, D- = 60-62.9
- F = Below 60
Fall 2006 Academic Calendar