• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology, Software Engineering
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Qing Wang
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course COMP6240
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course is an introduction to relational databases and the general skills for designing and using them. The topics include the relational data model, SQL, entity-relationship model, functional dependencies, (de-)normalisation, relational algebra, query processing and optimisation, database transactions and security. To deepen the understanding of relational databases, the current industry development of database systems such as NoSQL databases will be introduced at the end of this course.  

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the basic concepts of the relational model and understand its mathematical foundation;
  2. Use the SQL language to define, query and manipulate a relational database;
  3. Apply conceptual database modelling methods such as entity-relationship model to design a relational database;
  4. Apply database design methods on functional dependencies and normal forms to evaluate the quality of a relational database design;
  5. Understand query processing and optimization, transaction and security management in a relational database management system.
  6. Understand the state of the art of database management systems, and big data management challenges (Amazon's Dynamo, Google's BigTable, MongoDB and MapReduce).

Other Information

More information may be available for enrolled students on the course website on Wattle

Indicative Assessment

Quizzes and labs (5%)

Assignments and test (35%)

Final Exam (60%)

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Workload

33 one-hour lectures and 8 two-hour laboratory sessions

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed COMP6240

Prescribed Texts

Fundamentals of Database Systems, R. Elmasri and S. Navathe, 7th Edition (Global Edition), Pearson, 2017

Assumed Knowledge

COMP1100 or COMP1710 or INFS1001 or COMP1130

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7337 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person

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