Database Management Systems

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Database Management Systems

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Information Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    IS122: Information Systems 2 or CS112: Data Structures and Algorithms

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Database management systems (DBMS) are the foundation of the business operations of the organization. Database management systems must effectively store, access and manipulate data as well as provide data security, data sharing and data integrity.
    As the database technology advances rapidly, information professionals must not only understand the concepts and principles of database systems but also the associated management issues. This course will introduce students to database management systems, their design, construction and management. This course emphasizes both theories and hands-on experiences.
    Course Content
    - File systems and databases;
    - Relational database model;
    - Entity- Relationship (E- R) modelling;
    - Normalization of database tables;
    - Structured query language;
    - Database design; and
    - Transaction management
    Learning Outcomes
    - Explain the fundamental database and relational database management system (RDBMS) concepts.
    - Write the business rules for the business processes.
    - Design a relational database.
    - Implement, manage and utilize a RDBMS for business decision making (using SQL).
    Morris & Coronel, Database Systems Design, Implementation and Management, 9th Edition
    Tests: 18%
    Quizzes: 8%
    Workbooks: 8%
    Assignments: 16%
    Lab: 10%
    Final Exam: 40%

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