BTD210 - Database Design Principles

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Subject Title
Database Design Principles

Subject Description
This course introduces the principles of relational database design and use. Students will learn a methodology for relational database design that uses Entity Relationship Diagrams and normalization of data. The design will then be used to create a database schema, and implement a database by using an introductory subset of SQL (Structured Query Language). Students will also use SQL to perform query and data modification operations. A modern and widely-used database server will be used to host the database.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD program - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Compose SQL to retrieve data from databases
  • Compose SQL to create and modify tables in databases
  • Prepare a physical relational database schema for specific business applications
  • Prepare a logical relational database schema for specific business applications
  • Compose an Entity Relationship Diagram for specific business applications
  • Re-organize data to third normal form
  • Distinguish the differences between relational, hierarchical and network databases
  • Differentiate between the basic functions of a Database Management System
  • Describe the responsibilities of a Database administrator in an organization
  • Compose such specialized material as Entity Relationship Diagrams, normalized database schemas and databases

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.