Module Code: H06ID
Long Title Introduction to Databases
Title Introduction to Databases
Module Level: LEVEL 6
EQF Level: 5
EHEA Level: Short Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: PAUL HAYES
Module Author: PAUL HAYES
Departments: School of Computing
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Identify and analyse current trends in database systems
LO2 Describe and apply data model concepts
LO3 Comprehend and evaluate the relational database concept
LO4 Design, implement and administer a database system with an appropriate database package
LO5 Formulate advanced SQL commands to manipulate the structure of a database and its contents
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Databases (15%)
Introduction to Databases Traditional File-Based Systems The history of Database Management Systems Roles in the Database Environment Functions of a DBMS Components of a DBMS Advantages and Disadvantages of Database Management Systems DBMS Selection Data Administration and Database Administration The Web as a Database Application Platform Hierarchical, Network and Object-Oriented Data Models Relational versus Non-Relational
The Relational Model (15%)
Introduction to the Relational Model Properties of Database Tables Integrity Constraints Views When is a DBMS Relational?
Database Planning, Design, and Administration (10%)
Overview of the Information Systems Lifecycle The Database Application Lifecycle Overview of Database Design. Application Design
Data Modelling (10%)
Introduction to data modelling The Concepts of the Entity-Relationship Model Structural Constraints The Enhanced Entity-Relationship Model Guidelines for a well-formed E-R diagram Converting from conceptual data model to logical data model Deriving relations from logical data model
Normalisation (10%)
The Purpose of Normalisation Data Redundancy and Update Anomalies Functional Dependencies The Process of Normalisation First, Second and Third Normal Forms Boyce-Codd Normal Form (BCNF) Higher Normal Forms Denormalisation impact and strategies
SQL: Structured Query Language (25%)
Introduction to SQL Evolution of SQL Writing SQL Commands Data Definition Language • Data Manipulation
Advanced SQL Features (15%)
Introduction SQL Access Control: authorisations in SQL, system and user privileges, granting and revoking privileges Views Integrity Enhancement Features of SQL Advanced Data Definition
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Assessment50.00%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Test One % of total: 20
Assessment Date: Week 6 Outcome addressed: 1,2,3
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Assessment Type: Assignment % of total: 5
Assessment Date: Week 8 Outcome addressed: 4
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Assessment Type: Test Two % of total: 25
Assessment Date: Week 11 Outcome addressed: 5
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
End of Module Assessment
Assessment Type: Terminal Exam % of total: 50
Assessment Date: End-of-Semester Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4,5
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
End-of-Semester Final Examination
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2 Every Week 2.00
Lab No Description 1 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning No Description 7.5 Once per semester 0.63
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 24 Every Week 24.00
Lab No Description 12 Every Week 12.00
Independent Learning No Description 89 Once per semester 7.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 36.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Thomas Connolly, Carolyn Begg. (2014), Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation, and Management, 6th Edition. Pearson Education, [ISBN: 1292061189].
  • Carlos Coronel, Stephen Morris, Peter Rob and Keeley Crocket. (2013), Database Principles, 2nd Edition. CENGAGE Learning, [ISBN: 140806636].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Abraham Silberschatz, Henry F. Korth, S. Sudarshan. (2010), Database System Concepts, 6th Edition. McGraw Hill Higher Education, p.1152, [ISBN: 0071289593].
  • Ramez Elmasri and Shamkant Navathe. (2013), Fundamentals of Database Systems, 6th Edition. Pearson Education, [ISBN: 1292025603].
  • C.J. Date. (2012), Database Design and Relational Theory, O'Reilly Media, p.278, [ISBN: 1449328016].
  • Larry Rockoff. (2010), The Language of SQL, Course Technology PTR, p.240, [ISBN: 143545751X].
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