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Database System Concepts Fourth Edition
Abraham Silberschatz Henry F. Korth S. Sudarshan


One of our goals in writing the book has been to provide a wide coverage of the field of database systems. As a result, the fourth edition of the book (like the previous edition) contains significantly more material than can be covered in a single semester.

We suggest below syllabi for a few example course structures organized around Database System Concepts (4th Edition). However, we believe the final choice must lie with the instructor, who is best qualified to make the choice, based on local requirements.

In IIT Bombay, we follow the two-semester organization. The Web page for the first semester course (called Database and Information Systems) is at The page includes the syllabus we follow, lab exercises and sample projects.

We welcome feedback on the suggested syllabi from instructors.