6.5830/6.5831: Database Systems
Fall 2023
Units: 3-0-9 (H)
When: MW 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Where: 32-155
Instructors: Samuel Madden (madden AT csail.mit.edu)
Tim Kraska (kraska AT mit.edu)
Staff mailing list: 65830-staff AT mit.edu
Instructor office hours: By request
TAs: Darryl Ho (darry140 AT mit.edu)
Ferdinand Kossmann (kossmann AT mit.edu)
Ziniu Wu (ziniuw AT mit.edu)
Upcoming TA office hours: See Piazza
Piazza: Link


This course relies on primary readings from the database community to introduce graduate/undergraduate students to the foundations of database systems, focusing on basics such as the relational algebra and data model, schema normalization, query optimization, transactions, and other more advanced topics. No prior database experience is assumed though students who have taken an undergraduate course in databases are encouraged to attend.

Classes consist of lectures and discussions based on readings from the database literature. Grades in 6.5830 are assigned based on a semester long project, as well as two exams and 7 assignments -- 4 labs and 3 problem sets -- of varying length. Grades in 6.5831 are based on the same quizzes and assigments as 6.5830, except that students may opt to do one additional (more exploratory) lab in place of the final project. For more information about the readings and assignments, use the links at the top of the page.

Last change: October 10 2023.

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