Honors Colloquium for Practice and Applications of Data Management, Fall 2021


Jaime Davila

Course goals:

This course offers students an opportunity to explore topics related to data management in more depth than the time in COMPSCI-345 allows. Students will work in small groups in a semester-long project, developing a database driven application of their choosing that puts into practice the concepts studied in class.

As a successful student, by the end of this course, you will be able to:


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to making reasonable, effective and appropriate accommodations to meet the needs of students with disabilities and help create a barrier-free campus. If you have a documented disability on file with Disability Services, you may be eligible for reasonable accommodations in this course. If your disability requires an accommodation, please notify your instructors as early as possible in the course so that we may make arrangements in a timely manner.

Academic Honesty Policy

We will guide ourselves by the university’s academic honesty policy and guidelines for classroom civility. You must read both of these.

Grade calculation (subject to change)

Several factors determine your grade in this course. They are weighted approximately as follows:

Component Weight
Project design 30%
Project implementation 45%
Participation in class discussions and activities 10%
Midterm exam 15%

The exact grading scheme may be adjusted during the course. However, a typical breakdown of percentages and final grades for this course are A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (60-66), F (0-59).

Topics (subject to change)

Weeks Topics
1-2 Full-stack system components, Semester-long project selection
3-4 Project selection concludes. Project description presentations
5-8 Project design
6-9 Project refinement and implementation
10-11 Project presentations
12-13 Database security issues