Database Systems - CO532

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Canterbury
Spring 5 15 (7.5) DR S Marr checkmark-circle
Medway
Spring 5 15 (7.5) DR S Marr checkmark-circle

Overview

This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of database systems. It extends the study of information systems in Stage 1 by focusing on the design, implementation and use of database systems. Topics include database management systems architecture, data modelling and database design, query languages, recent developments and future prospects.

Details

This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 28
Private study hours: 122
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

13.1 Main assessment methods
Coursework : 40%
Assessment 1 - Class Exercises (8%)
Assessment 2 - Database Design (12%)
Assessment 3 - Database Implementation (20%)

2-hour unseen examination (60%)

13.2 Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

C.J. Date An Introduction to Database Systems, 8th Edition, Addison Wesley, 2004.
T M Connolly & C E Begg, Database systems : a practical approach to design, implementation and management, 6th edition, Addison Wesley, 2015
R Elmasri, M Shamkant & B Navathe, Fundamentals of database systems, 7th edition, 2017
N S Ryan & D J Smith, Database Systems Engineering, Thompson, 1995.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Understand the characteristics, strengths and limitations of current database systems [A2, A5].
8.2 Undertake self-directed background research in the module topics [B9], synthesise information collected from a variety of sources, including other modules [B1, B3], discuss database and data management issues with their peers and with nonspecialists [B2, D2].
8.3 Specify, design, implement and evaluate database solutions [C1, C2, C3], perform data manipulation and information retrieval operations [A2, C2].

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 The module will extend IT skills to cover a key area that is not addressed in other parts of their programme. In particular, students will extend their ability to make effective use of modern information system environments. The module will also contribute to development of: self-management, adjust the pace and goals of their work to meet deadlines [D5]; oral and written communication [D2]; Internet-based information retrieval [D3].

Notes

  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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