CIS4365: Database Applications
Peeter J. Kirs,
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Databases are an enigma in that they are both simple and complex. They are simple in the sense that given the 'user-friendly' packages that are available, almost anyone can develop a reasonable database system. Difficult in the sense that if the database system developed does not take into consideration all of the possible 'pit-falls' associated with sound database design, the system could end up costing more than it is worth.
In this course, we will examine what constitutes a 'reasonably-sound' database. You WILL develop the elementary skills necessary to recognize 'sound' databases. You WILL also develop the rudimentary skills necessary to develop 'reasonable' databases. You will NOT acquire the skills to be a DBA (Database Administrator), but you should acquire enough knowledge to appreciate the skills required of a DBA and the background knowledge necessary to eventually become one (with additional training).
While there are some fundamental concepts which must be understood, this course is also intended as a 'hands-on' course. Students will learn the fundamentals of SQL and will be required to complete a 'real-life' project, from design through implementation.
A broad Overview of this course, with all prerequisites, is also available in the University Catalog.
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