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BSc in Software Development
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Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Course semester
Efterår 2021
30 August 2021
31 January 2022
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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 (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. The weekly exercise sessions are intended to support students in their learning, either via specific assignments designed to help students understand and apply the topics discussed in lectures, or via students focusing on topics of their own choice. There are 4 homework assignments, that receive general and/or individual feedback.

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.
Exam duration:
4 hours
Internet access:
Full access
Aids allowed for the exam:
Written and printed books and notes
E-books and/or other electronic devices
  • Written and printed books and notes
    E-books and/or other electronic devices
    - e-books on laptops, iPads, and other e-book readers are permitted.
    - Any course material (including Piazza discussions and old exams) can be accessed online or on your machine.
    - Your own notes can be accessed in any form.
Specific software and/or programmes
  • - Students must use their own computer with the PostgreSQL database system and their database client of choice installed.
    - Use of (online or local) drawing programs for ER diagram creation is permitted, but ER diagrams can also be hand-drawn and delivered to invigilators.
    - Use of online documentation for PostgreSQL (, SQL (e.g., and and Java ( is permitted.

    Communication with others is strictly forbidden. This includes posting anything to the internet to sites such as stackexhange. Searching for information on the internet (“googling”) is forbidden.

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