Introduction to Databases, a Stanford MOOC

March 2013.  Completed the Introduction to Databases MOOC offered by Stanford University, taught by Professor Widom.  It was a good course covering a lot of database topics, including:

  • Relational Databases
  • XML Data
  • JSON Data
  • Relational Algebra
  • SQL
  • Relational Design Theory
  • Querying XML
  • Unified Modeling Language
  • Indexes
  • Transactions
  • Constraints and Triggers
  • Views
  • Authorization
  • Recursion
  • On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP)
  • NoSQL Systems

Each topic had homework and exercises that required some effort to solve.  The exercises provided a great means to implement the concepts and get feedback on understanding and performance.  Everything was computer graded.  

I completed the course and received the "Statement of Accomplishment -with Distinction". Total score was 272 out of 293. 

Class Statistics:

  • Number of students registered by end of course: 64,127
  • Number of students turning in some work: 20,836
  • Number of students receiving a Statement of Accomplishment (regular or With Distinction): 4,854
  • Number of students receiving a Statement of Accomplishment With Distinction: 1,927