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Archived Version 2016 - 2017

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to familiarise the student with all aspects of database deployment in the modern business environment. It aims to ensure that the student has a sound grasp of key database technologies and software architectures and their environments and how these support on business processes and systems. The module gives the student a practical understanding of the pivotal nature of business information in the context of database systems and their integration with important ancillary business applications (Spreadsheets etc.). It provides the student with the practical skills which will allow them to understand all aspects of database management from the point of view of provision of timely information to key business processes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the principles and practices of database management in business organisations.
2. Explain what business information is, and how it is acquired efficiently.
3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the software architecture of a major database management system which is deployed widely in industry.
4. Apply the development lifecycle of software applications which use database technology. The student will be familiar with the design and implementation and rollout stages of such applications.
5. Interpret and proficient in basic database schema design techniques.
6. Apply basic formal processes which allow a database designer to construct a well designed schema. The student will be proficient in fundamentals of database schema design.
7. Design and build basic database applications using a variety of interfaces to the database (SQL, PHP, scripts, Spreadsheets)
8. Interact with a large database management system and ancillary application systems (Spreadsheets and bespoke applications).

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48In class learning
Laboratory48No Description
Independent Study154No Description
Total Workload: 250

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

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Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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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

  • Fred R. McFadden, Jeffrey A. Hoffer, Mary B, Prescott: 0, Modern database management, 0201383721
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