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CIT 180 — Database Concepts and SQL

College of Southern Nevada

Spring 2023

Professor: Dr. Kate Pulling
E Mail: Use Canvas course mail
Office Hours (using Canvas conferences): Mon: 6:10 – 7:00 PM; Wed: 7:10 – 8:00 PM; and by appointment.

Class Location & Times: This is a three-credit course that meets three hours per week for the sixteen weeks of the semester, which runs from 17 January through 14 May. Class meets Thursdays, 2:00 PM–4:50 PM in room C 133 on the West Charleston campus.

Catalog Description: Basic principles of data modeling and relational database design. Hands-on learning of Structured Query Language (SQL). Prerequisite: CIT 129 or Instructor approval.

Textbook for CIT 180

eTextbook for CIT 180Required Textbooks:

Joel Murach, Murach’s MySQL, 2nd edition, ISBN 978-1-890774-82-0.

Allen, Gove, Jackson, Robert, Hansen, Gary, Essentials Plus of SQL: Extracting Data (e-book), ISBN 978-1-7339969-7-6.

Resources (Software): This class will use MySQL as the platform for learning SQL. The electronic book by Allan, Jackson and Hansen includes a Database Management system. Each student has his or her own personal database sandbox. You will be able to use the MySQL dialect of SQL to create tables and populate them with data, to change the structures of tables and to query tables. You will be able to access the ebook and the data tables using Canvas.

MySQL Workbench will be used to aid in the design of databases. Version 8.0.30 is available for download to your home computer from MySQL’s Workbench website ). Select the OS in the drop-down list. For Windows, go to the section Other Downloads to download only Workbench (mysql-workbench-community-8.0.30-winx64.msi). For other operating systems, download the mysql-workbench-community-8.0.30 option for your OS.

No additional resources are required.

Course Objectives: This course will provide you with a solid understanding of the relational database model and of the theory behind SQL. Furthermore, it will address the needs of both the user and the developer. From the user’s standpoint you will become proficient at translating information needs into appropriate SQL statements. From the developer’s standpoint you will gain experience in designing databases which conform to the relational model. Specifically, when you successfully complete the course, you will be able to

Measurement of Objectives: You will know you are meeting the stated course objectives as you successfully

These activities result in points that are accumulated during the semester. The final point total determines the grade you earn.

Grading Policy: The following are the requirements of the course, their points, and the minimum accumulated points for each letter grade:

Requirements Points Letter Grade Minimum Points
Exam 1: 16 Feb 70 A 360
Exam 2: 30 Mar 70 B+ 330
Exam 3: 4 May 70 B 300
Database Design Project Due: 11 May 100 C+ 270
In-class Weekly Activities 90 C 240
Total 400 D 200
Comprehensive Final Exam: 11 May 70 F 0
There will be no opportunities for extra credit!

Note: Instructors do not have the option of withdrawing students from a class. If you wish to receive a W  in lieu of a grade, you MUST withdraw yourself officially from the class. Once you have withdrawn (dropped), you must discontinue attending class. Alternatively, you may wish to change from Credit to Audit and continue to attend the class.

You are strongly encouraged to discuss your options with an academic counselor or an academic advisor AND Student Financial Services (if applicable), because these decisions may affect Satisfactory Academic Progress and your financial aid. Students receiving financial aid may find their awards reduced.

The Fall 2022 deadlines for the 16-week session are as follows:

Exams: There will be three in-class exams. The dates of the exams are given above and in the weekly schedule. Every effort should be made to take the exams at the announced times. No make-ups will be given. At the end of the semester, there will be a comprehensive final exam covering all of the course material. Your score on the final exam may be used to replace your score on one of the in-class exams. All exams will require the use of MySQL, some will also require use of MySQL Workbench.

In-class Exercises: Class time will be used to expand upon, refine and practice techniques presented in the textbook, as well as to develop new material. In preparation for each class you should complete reading assignment and any assigned exercises; review previously covered material. For each class, have the Murach textbook, paper, a writing implement available. If you miss class, you are still responsible for the material. You will have to get notes from another student.

Database Design Project: You will design and implement a normalized database to meet the needs of a case study and write queries to answer specific questions of the database. No late projects will be accepted.

Homework: There are no graded homework assignments in this course. However, some assignments will be made that should be completed for review in the next class.

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Weekly Schedule:

Week Thursday Planned Topic/Activity
(Complete reading assignment BEFORE class)
1 19 Jan Introduction (Murach: Ch. 1; Allen, et al.: Ch. 1)
2 26 Jan Single-table queries (Murach: Ch. 3; Allen, et al.: Ch. 2)
3 2 Feb Single-table queries, continued;
Multi-table queries (Murach: Ch. 4; Allen, et al.: Ch. 3)
4 9 Feb Multi-table queries, continued
5 16 Feb Exam 1
6 23 Feb Insert, update, delete data (Murach: Ch. 5; Allen, et al.: Ch. 6)
7 2 Mar Database design (Murach: Ch. 10)
8 9 Mar MySQL Workbench, Data types (Murach: Ch. 8)
Spring Break: Monday, 13 Mar – Sunday, 19 Mar Classes do not meet. Computer labs closed.
9 23 Mar Create databases, table, indexes (Ch. 11)
10 30 Mar Exam 2
11 6 Apr Database Design Tools
12 13 Apr Summary queries (Murach: Ch. 6; Allen et al.: Ch. 4);
Database Design Project distributed.
13 20 Apr Subqueries (Murach: Ch. 7; Allen, et al.: Ch. 5)
14 27 Apr Functions (Murach: Ch. 9)
15 4 May Exam 3
16 11 May Comprehensive Final Exam
Database Design Project Due

Disclaimer: This syllabus is subject to change as deemed appropriate by the instructor and with advanced notification.

Note: If you have any concerns about this course and/or me, please contact me first. If I cannot resolve your issue, please contact the CIT Department Office at 702-651-5976. You will be directed to the appropriate Program Director or to the Department Chair. You will remain anonymous, if possible, and all communications will be strictly confidential. Please DO NOT wait until the last minute to make your concerns known to me and/or to the CIT Department.

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Student Behavior

Ground Rules: You and your fellow students want to get the most out of this course. This will be possible only if everyone follows these guidelines:

Students’ Rights and Responsibilities: When you choose to become a student at CSN, you accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in CSN’s academic and social community. You can find policies covering students, such as the Student Conduct, Students’ Right to Know, Students’ Academic Integrity, and Disruptive and Abusive Student in the following locations:

Academic Honesty: CSN demands a high level of academic behavior. You are expected to complete your own work in this class. Cheating on exams or lab exercises is not fair to students who are honestly studying. Cheating is also subject to penalties, which can include getting a zero for the exam or lab exercise or failing the course. The full list of possible penalties is listed in the CSN Student Academic Integrity Policy. Please make yourself familiar with this policy document.:

CSN Student Email: All students enrolled at CSN have a CSN Student Email account. Beginning February 1, 2020, all information from the college will be sent to your CSN-issued student email address (enrollment information, financial aid information, cashier information, college events, etc.). It is extremely important that you check your student email daily. You can access your student email through GoCSN

Once you validate your student email address you will have access to Microsoft Office 365 for up to five devices and 1TB of OneDrive storage. CSN email has more information, including tutorials for Office 365 apps.

Public Health Directives (COVID-19): Students must follow all active CSN public health directives while enrolled in this class. See CSN’s public health directivesSee CSN’s public health directives at

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Student Resources

Software Lab: The Software lab will be virtual and be conducted via Canvas and Discord. It will be available starting on 17 January 2023. Many CIT department courses have embedded tutors. For these courses, your instructor will let you know about the tutoring services. The Centers for Academic Success (CAS) may also provide one-to-one tutoring. For more information, contact CAS by visiting the CAS webpage

Centers for Academic Success: Centers for Academic Success (CAS) provides quality DROP-IN academic assistance to all students enrolled in for-credit courses at CSN. Tutors are available for most general education courses and some historically challenging courses. Academic learning support includes assistance with learning strategies, Canvas, Smarthinking online tutoring, Microsoft Office, reading, writing, oral presentations, math, and science. CAS tutors also provide support to study groups and assistance for placement test preparation. CAS is open Monday through Sunday to be more accessible to all students. Hours for all locations are Monday–Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday–Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

You may visit the CAS webpage for more details about online and in-person services. You may also contact us at one of our offices: Charleston Centers 702-651-5732, North Las Vegas Learning Commons 702-651-4232, Henderson Learning Commons 702-651-3125.

Canvas Computer Instructions & Technology Help Desk: The Canvas Student Quick start Guide be found at Canvas web site The entire Student Guide may be found on web site>. Telephone Support for Distance Education students having problems logging into a course, using course web site tools, or other technical problems can be found by contacting the CSN Technology Help Desk locally at 702-651-4357, or via 1-800-630-7563 toll-free, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

CSN Libraries: The library provides support for students completing assignments that require research and the use of information. Librarians are available to students for one-on-one assistance locating and citing quality information either on-line on-line at or at any of the campus libraries. To find more information, go to the CSN Libraries’ websitewebsite

“Safari Books Online” is of special interest to students in CIT courses. To access this digital library of technical books and videos,

Use your CSN (Canvas) credentials to access the Safari resources.

Printing @ CSN: Printing in CSN classrooms, computer labs and libraries falls under the Print Wise initiative, designed to help save natural and fiscal resources. Print Wise provides each CSN student with a $10 credit toward printing at the start of each semester, which will provide for up to 200 black and white copies at 5¢ a page, or 40 color copies at 25¢ a page. After that, you may put money into your account on-line or at a CSN Cashier’s Office to purchase additional prints at the same rate. It is your responsibility to maintain your printing accounts to cover printing expenses during each semester.

For more information, visit the Print Wise webpage

Computers are available in the Campus Computer Labs. Visit the Computer Labs webpage for locations and hours.

Academic Advising: Academic Advisors help students assess academic strengths and limitations, learn academic success strategies, explore careers, declare a major, navigate the educational system, access campus and community resources, and connect to campus life. Contact Information:

For more information about Academic Advising, please visit the Advising website

Counseling & Retention Services: Counselors can help with these situations:

For more information about Counseling & Retention Services, please visit the Counseling website

Counseling and Psychological Services: The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers short-term, problem-focused counseling to CSN students who may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family, and relationships. Clinicians are available to help students cope with stresses and personal issues that may interfere with their ability to perform in school. The service is provided confidentially and free to currently enrolled students. To schedule an appointment, please call CAPS at WC (702) 651-5518, at NLV (702) 651-4099, and at HN (702) 651-3099.

Food and Housing Insecurity: Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), for a list of resources and support.

Early Alert Referral Program: This is a referral program to connect students with college resources when assistance is needed to achieve success. Referrals may be initiated by faculty and staff, as well by students themselves, through MyCoyotePLAN. After a referral is submitted, students will receive an email notification and will be contacted by the department to which they were referred to offer assistance.

Disability Resource Center: The College of Southern Nevada is committed to making physical facilities and instructional programs accessible to students with disabilities. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, please visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC) so that such accommodations can be considered. All discussions will remain confidential.

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) has offices at all three campus locations as the focal point for coordination of services for students with disabilities. If you have a physical, emotional, or mental disability that “substantially limits one or more major life activities (including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working),” and will require accommodation in this class, please contact the DRC at

Students that receive accommodation letters, please meet with DRC to discuss the provisions of those accommodations as soon as possible.

Find additional information at the DRC’s webpage. Additional information at the DRC’s webpage:

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Updated: 8 Jan 2023

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