This course relies on primary readings from the database community to
introduce graduate students to the foundations of database systems,
focusing on basics such as the relational algebra and data model,
schema normalization, query optimization, and transactions. It is
designed for students who have taken 6.033 (or equivalent); 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 6.830 are assigned based on a semester long
project, as well as two exams and 6 (or 8) assignments -- 4 (or 6) labs and 3 problem sets --
of varying length. Grades in 6.814 are based on the same quizzes and
assigments as 6.830, except that students may opt to do 2 additional labs
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: 9/13/2018.
Questions or comments regarding 6.830/6.814? Send e-mail to the 6.830/6.814 staff at 6.830-staff at mit.edu.