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.
Total contact hours: 28
Private study hours: 122
Total study hours: 150
Main assessment methods
Coursework : 50%
2-hour unseen examination (50%)
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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)
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.
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