- Code COMP6240
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Yu Lin
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Second Semester 2020
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the basic concepts of the relational model and understand its mathematical foundation;
- Use the SQL language to define, query and manipulate a relational database;
- Apply conceptual database modelling methods such as entity-relationship model to design a relational database;
- Apply database design methods on functional dependencies and normal forms to evaluate the quality of a relational database design;
- Understand query processing and optimization, transaction and security management in a relational database management system.
- Understand the state of the art of database management systems, and big data management challenges (Amazon's Dynamo, Google's BigTable, MongoDB and MapReduce).
More information may be available for enrolled students on the course website on Wattle
- Quizzes and labs (5) [LO null]
- Assignments and test (20) [LO null]
- Mid-semester exam (20) [LO null]
- Final Exam (55) [LO null]
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Workload30 one-hour lectures and 8 two-hour tutorial/laboratory sessions
Requisite and Incompatibility
Fundamentals of Database Systems, R. Elmasri and S. Navathe, 7th Edition (Global Edition), Pearson, 2017
COMP1100 or COMP1710 or INFS1001 or COMP1130
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7186||27 Jul 2020||03 Aug 2020||31 Aug 2020||30 Oct 2020||In Person||N/A|