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).
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- Quizzes and labs (5) [LO null]
- Assignments and test (40) [LO null]
- Final Exam (55) [LO null]
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30 one-hour lectures and 8 two-hour laboratory sessions
Requisite and Incompatibility
Fundamentals of Database Systems, R. Elmasri and S. Navathe, 7th Edition (Global Edition), Pearson, 2017
Assumed KnowledgeCOMP1100 or COMP1710 or INFS1001 or COMP1130
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