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CSCI E-67 Oracle Database Administration

Curious if anyone has taken CSCI E-67 [Oracle Database Administration] and what was their experience?


  • GratGrat Posts: 293
    I took another course by the same instructor, which was a course that covered AWS and Agile development methods. I thought his lectures were solid and that the grading was generous, and he did do a couple of live sessions to interact with the students. However, I know a lot of my classmates were frustrated with the response time in day-to-day communication where they couldn't get a response. Personally, I felt a lot of their questions they were trying to get answers to through the course forum could've been answered by common sense and a little faith that everything was going to be ok if they just moved forward with reasonable conclusions, so it didn't terribly bother me that they couldn't get their questions answered. But if you see yourself as needing a lot of Q&A with the professor, it seemed to me that he's a pretty busy guy who doesn't have a lot of time for emailing back and forth on the forum on a day-to-day basis. I was really happy with the course and learned a lot from him (again, this was a different course that isn't being offered right now).
  • GratGrat Posts: 293
    I should also point out that the course I took was dual-taught by him and another guy, so I don't know who came up with the grading curve, but it was pretty generous.
  • MCM223MCM223 Posts: 9
    I took E-67 in Fall 2017 with McGowan. It's a very hands-on exploration of Oracle DB, so you spin up an EC2 instance, configure it, and install Oracle from scratch. There was a decent TA section to help with the Linux sysadmin stuff, but I'd still recommend being pretty handy with Linux before doing the class. Most of the problems I encountered were with the install process. The prof has pretty dense slides and some of them seem kinda outdated, but it's generally good information if you want to know about Oracle specifically.

    As far as class logistics goes, the prof makes it clear that frustration is part of his learning process, so assignments are a bit ambiguous and you'll have to work hard on diagnosing and figuring out problems on your own. I didn't feel like the class was particularly hard, but don't expect a ton of support from the prof or TA.
  • Thanks Grat and MCM223.
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