Database Programming for PCs

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 209

       Course Name: Database Programming for PCs

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CAB 140 or comparable knowledge of database software.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course offers instruction in designing and developing a business application using a representative microcomputer database management package. Content includes macros, VBA programming, database security, and complex queries, forms, and reports to complete a database case study that demonstrate analysis, design, and development of a business application.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to use a Database Management System (DBMS) to create and manage files of data on a microcomputer.  The student will design the databases and applications to accomplish specific business tasks; create the data structures for specific business applications; establish relationships between multiple tables; enter, manipulate, and organize the data; issue data queries; restructure files; use the screen for input and output; use a report generator; create macros and/or program code necessary to automate data management tasks; and develop menus and forms linking database objects into a cohesive unit.  The student will become aware of the need for back-up procedures as an integral part of data integrity.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

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VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Database Design
  2. Normalization
  3. Review of representative database’s basic features
  4. Tables, queries, forms and reports
  5. Debugging and error handling
  6. Objects and properties
  7. Event-driven Programming and Access events
  8. Access Application using Macros, Menus, and Toolbars
  9. Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

           a.  Modules
           b.  Functions
           c.  Subroutines
           d.  Objects and methods
           e.  Coding, debugging, and maintainence

10. Data Integrity
11. Transaction processing

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, class discussion, lab demonstrations and lab projects.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be required to complete a minimum of 7 programming assignments and take at least 2 major exams.  Individual instructors may require additional projects and/or quizzes.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Exams and lab projects using the database package

XI.   Other Course Information

Microsoft Access will be used as the database package.

Course - ID changed from DPR 209 to CIS 209, Fall, 92

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