Database Systems - COMP5320

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Stefan Marr checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Assessment 1 - Class Exercises (10%)
Assessment 2 - Database Design (20%)
Assessment 3 - Database Implementation (20%)
2-hour unseen examination (50%)

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

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Understand the characteristics, strengths and limitations of current database systems
2. Undertake self-directed background research in the module topics, synthesise information collected from a variety of sources, including other modules, discuss database and data management issues with their peers and with non-specialists.
3. Specify, design, implement and evaluate database solutions, perform data manipulation and information retrieval operations.


  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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