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Database Systems

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Module description

Aims and Learning Outcomes

The aim of this module is to introduce the theoretical foundations of database systems and the main concepts underlying practical organisation and management of such systems.

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • appreciate the importance of database systems in information management
  • be able to design and query a relational database
  • have some experience with translating natural language queries into a logical formalism
  • be able to create and manage an SQL database
  • have an understanding of some key concepts in database administration


An indication of the types of topics:

  • Introduction to database systems
  • Database Administration: basic concepts, database recovery
  • Entity-relationship modelling
  • A relational model of data
  • Functional dependencies and normal forms
  • Relations, model constraints, relational algebra
  • SQL

Assessment details

Please note: The below assessment details for the 2024/25 academic year may be updated. The confirmed details will be available on the Student Handbook and on the module KEATS page at the beginning of the semester.

100% Examination 

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