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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2013 - 2014

Module Title Computing A
Module Code CA
School Open Education

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorMr Seamus FoxOffice NumberD114
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 20
Pre-requisite C2, CT1, HS1, MS001
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

A module which provides students with an understanding of the theory and practice of the construction and use of databases.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe systems and databases that exist within a variety of organisations.
2. Demonstrate the stages of the database life cycle.
3. Translate data requirements into a database design using a data modelling technique
4. Strengthen the structure of a database through normalisation and testing
5. Construct a physical database using a database package.
6. Use the data from a physical database to produce reports relevant to varying contexts using the structured query language (SQL)
7. Describe the methods for managing a database, including concurrency control and recovery.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial15Face to Face tutorials
Online activity16Tutor supported on-line learning
Independent Study469No Description
Total Workload: 500

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Database concepts and DBMS architecture / Storing information and the database function / Entity-relationship modelling / Database components and relational mapping / SQL - the Structured Query Language / Normalisation / The database design process / Logical & physical / Managing a RDMBS / Distributed DBMS / Data Warehousing / Object DBMS

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    ISBSc in Management of Info Tech/Info Syst
    ITBSc in Information Technology
    ITSDiploma/BSc in Information Technology