DBS201 - Introduction to Database Design and SQL

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Subject Title
Introduction to Database Design and SQL

Subject Description

This subject introduces students to relational database design and SQL (Structured Query Language) used with relational databases. Students will be introduced to  relational and object oriented models with a focus on the relational model and its operators. Students will be presented with a methodology for relational database design using Entity Relationship Diagrams and normalization of data. Students will be introduced to a subset of SQL using IBM's DB2 on the iSeries platform. An overview of the functions of the Database Management System (DBMS) and of a Database Administrator (DBA) will also be presented.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)

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

1. Use SQL to create and modify tables in DB2 databases

2. Work in groups on a project to design and create a DB2 database for an application requiring a minimum of 8-12 tables.

3. Merge normalized relations from each user view into a complete set of normalized relations for a simple business application

4. Prepare an Entity Relationship Diagram for a simple business application

5. Use SQL to retrieve data from DB2 databases

6. Prepare the physical relational database schema for a simple business application

7. Identify user views for an application

8. Normalize a user view to 3rd Normal Form

9. Be able to recover a previous database state using journaling commands

10. Describe the basic functions of a Database Management System

11. Describe the responsibilities of a Database Administrator in an organization

Essential Employability Skills
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.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

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

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.