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Full info last published 15/11-20

Introduction to Database Systems, SWU

Course info
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10625 DKK (incl. vat)
BSc in Software Development
Course manager
Associate Professor, Deputy Head of Department
Full Professor
Course semester
Forår 2021
1 February 2021
14 May 2021
Exam type
ekstern censur
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The course covers fundamental techniques for developing data management and data analytics applications.

The course covers fundamental techniques for developing data management and data analytics applications. The main part of the course deals with traditional relational database processing, including the theory and practice of modelling and querying a database. In the latter part of the course, the focus is on new developments for both traditional database applications and for modern data analytics applications.

Formal prerequisites

This course assumes basic ability to use a computer. We also assume that a student has taken an introductory programming course (otherwise basic programming skills in Java are expected) and a discrete math course such as Discrete Mathematic for SD (or has knowledge of basic discrete math: logic and set theory).

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Write SQL queries, involving multiple relations, compound conditions, grouping, aggregation, and subqueries.
  • Use SQL programming constructs in a secure manner.
  • Suggest a database design in the E-R model and convert to a relational database schema in a suitable normal form.
  • Analyze/predict/improve query processing efficiency of the designed database using indices.
  • Reflect upon the evolution of the hardware and storage hierarchy and its impact on data management system design.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of different classes of data systems for modern analytics and data science applications.
Learning activities

Lectures cover the most important aspects of the curriculum, and also provide tools and methods for describing, creating and using databases. Weekly exercise sessions consist of assignments designed to further understand and apply the topics discussed in lectures.

Mandatory activities

The course has 4 mandatory assignments. 3 of the assignments need to be completed and approved before you can take the examination. Deadlines will be advertised during the course on LearnIT. Approval will be communicated via LearnIT and general feedback will be given during subsequent exercise sessions.

The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt.

Course literature

Principles of Database Management: The Practical Guide to Storing, Managing and Analyzing Big and Small Data -  Wilfried Lemahieu, Seppe vanden Broucke, Bart Baesens Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 30, 2018)

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 45%
  • Lectures: 12%
  • Exercises: 14%
  • Assignments: 19%
  • Exam with preparation: 10%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
A: Written exam on premises, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
A22: Written exam on premises with restrictions.

Time and date
Ordinary Exam - submission Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 09:00 - 13:00
Ordinary Exam - on premises Tue, 1 Jun 2021, 09:00 - 13:00
Reexam - on premises Fri, 20 Aug 2021, 09:00 - 13:00