The theory and practice of database design and administration. Survey of research in the database field, such as data mining, multidimensional indexing, temporal databases, and distributed database architectures.
|Paper title||Advanced Database Topics|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (Distance learning)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,348.60|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,967.53|
- There are no formal prerequisites for the 400-level papers, but prior knowledge is assumed (particularly regarding database systems, programming and basic system administration). Admission to these papers is restricted not only by numbers, but by satisfactory grades in 300-level COSC papers. COSC 430 requires students to have experience installing and using software entirely from a text console.
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- Paper Structure
This paper explores the practical and theoretical concerns of modern approaches to database design and management. The fundamentals of this topic are already covered in COSC 344 (Database Theory and Applications), in which students learn about Entity-Relationship modelling, query languages and client-side application programs. This paper instead concentrates on concepts of database resource management, database administration, the theory of functional dependencies and the state of the art in the field of database research.
- Three assignments 8%, 15%, and 17%
- Final exam 60%
- Teaching Arrangements
- There is one 2-hour lecture per week.
Some of the practical sessions will be carried out in a computer lab during the lecture time slot.
Elmasri and Navathe, Database Systems, 6th Ed, Pearson, 2011
David Maier, The theory of relational databases, Pitman, 1983
C.J. Date, An Introduction to Database Systems, 6th, 7th or 8th Ed, Addison-Wesley, 1995, 2000, 2004
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy,
Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
This paper will enable students to:
- Understand advanced relational database theory
- Appreciate the limitations of the relational database model and features introduced by alternative database models
- Contextualise advanced database research topics
- Perform practical database administration