Database Systems 1 (INFO2120)

UNIT OF STUDY

The ubiquitous use of information technology leaves us facing a tsunami of data produced by users, IT systems and mobile devices. The proper management of data is hence essential for all applications and for effective decision making within organizations. This unit of study will introduce the basic concepts of database designs at the conceptual, logical and physical levels. We will place particular emphasis on introducing integrity constraints and the concept of data normalization which prevents data from being corrupted or duplicated in different parts of the database. This in turn helps in the data remaining consistent during its lifetime. Once a database design is in place, the emphasis shifts towards querying the data in order to extract useful information. The unit will introduce different query languages with a particular emphasis on SQL, which is industry standard. Other topics covered will include the important concept of transaction management, application development with a backend database, an overview of data warehousing and OLAP, and the use of XML as a data integration language.

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Classes

(Lec 2hrs & Prac 2hrs) per week

Assessment

Through semester assessment (50%), Final Exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

INFO1003 OR INFO1103 OR INFO1903 OR INFS1000 OR DECO1012.

Prohibitions

INFO2820, INFO2005, INFO2905, COMP5138

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