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Databases (ICT218)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 4
Description This unit provides an introduction to database design, implementation and management. Topics: data modelling, the relational model, SQL, logical and physical database design, database application design, transaction management, concurrency, recovery, security, database architectures and database administration. The theory material is complemented by practical work using common database management systems.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of database principles and theory, particularly those relating to the Relational Model
2. Construct database queries using the Relational Algebra and SQL
3. Design a database, demonstrating practical skills in normalisation and data modelling
4. Create a database using a DBMS from a given design and implement specified constraints using appropriate tools and approaches
5. Compare and evaluate various approaches to database security, the components involved in the implementation of various database security models, and plan and implement a simple database security model
6. Explain the issues associated with, and compare candidate solutions for, the processing of concurrent database transactions
7. Describe the common architectural approaches to the distribution of databases
8. Explain the role of databases in Business Intelligence
9. Compare and contrast contemporary approaches to the processing of very large datasets
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week; plus an optional clinic.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is focused on developing competencies in database design, implementation and management through bringing together theory and practice. You will learn in lectures and workshops; the lectures will discuss theory in the context of practical examples; the workshops will further develop understanding of the theory through weekly practical exercises. Self- study exercises will encourage you to go beyond the material presented in the unit and to explore the important role of databases in everyday life.
Assessment You will have several assessment tasks to complete. There is a weekly online quiz which addresses the material covered in the current topic (collectively worth 10%). Feedback for the quizzes will be provided on the LMS at the completion of the topic. There are two assignments that focus on the workshops which will allow you to demonstrate proficiency in database design and implementation. These are collectively weighted at 25%. A group research assignment (15%) will allow you to explore an aspect of databases that is not addressed in this unit. Feedback for these assignments will be provided following submission. The final examination will focus on theory addressed in the unit and is worth 50%.
Prerequisites ICT102 Introduction to Computer Science or ICT159 Foundations of Programming or ICT170 Foundations of Computer Systems or ICT107 Principles of Information Systems.
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