Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Postgraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology



Subject Information
Subject Code MCS9235
Subject Name Database Systems
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites Nil
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment 1.Assignments- 25% 2. Class tests - 15% 3. Final examination- 60%
General Subject No.

Subject Description
This subject investigates the major areas of modern database systems: 1. Design and programming of relational databases 2. Design and programming of semistructured databases (XML native database systems) 3. Design and programming of distributed database systems (NoSQL database systems) 4. Concurrency control and data recovery in database systems. The following topics are included: Introduction to conceptual modelling; Principles of relational database model; Processing relational databases with Structured Query Language (SQL) and its procedural extension (PL/SQL); Principles of semistructured database model; Processing of semistructured databases with XQuery and XPath; Design and implementation of distributed database systems; Normalisation of relational databases; Transaction management and recovery in database systems.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Explain the principles of relational database model.
2. Design and implement a simple relational database.
3. Use relational database programming language SQL and its procedural extension PL/SQL.
4. Design and implement a simple semistructured database.
5. Use semistructured database programming languages XQuery and XPath.
6. Normalise a relational database.
7. Explain the principles of distributed databases.
8. Design a distributed database.
9. Implemented distributed NoSQL database system.
10. Explain the principles of transaction management and database recovery.