Introduction to Database Concepts

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 241

       Course Name: Introduction to Database Concepts

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: One programming course and CAB 140 or comparable knowledge.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces management of database systems including design, development, implementation, recovery, and security of databases. Content includes database models, entity-relationship (E-R) modeling, normalization, data warehousing; an introduction to SQL; the database life cycle, transaction management, distributed databases, client/server systems; using databases in e-commerce and on the Internet, and the role of the database administrator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

To give the student a broad knowledge of the fundamental concepts of databases, the student should understand enough database technology to evaluate the use of a database system in a given situation, to design a small database, and to understand implementation concerns such as control of concurrent processing, recovery, and security.  Also the student should understand how application programs interface with database management system products, what is the role of a database administrator, and what is a data dictionary.

V.    Academic Integrity

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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction
        1.    What is a database?
        2.    What is database processing?  Present and future
        3.    Advantages and disadvantages of database processing
        4.    Components of a business database system.
        5.    Review of I/O processing and file organization

    B.    Database Development Process
        1.    Overview of development
        2.    Three stages of development
            a.    specification
            b.    evaluation
            c.    design and implementation

    C.    Relational, Hierarchical and Networks

    D.    Data Structures for Database Processing
        1.    Sequential lists
        2.    Linked lists
        3.    Inverted lists
        4.    logical record relationships

    E.    Database Design
        1.    Logical database (eg. relational model)
        2.    Physical database design (eg. CODASYL model)
        3.    Comparisons of database management systems
        4.    Data dictionaries
        5.    Interfacing application program with DBMS products

    F.    Database Implementation
        1.    Functions of a database management system
        2.    Recovery and security

    G.    Database Administration
        1.    Management of data activity and structure
        2.    Personnel and interfaces with systems analysts, programmers and end user

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, class discussion, individual and group projects as specified by the instructor.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Completion of at least one project using database software.  Quizzes/exams and other projects as specified by the instructor.

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

Evaluation will be based upon the grades received on database case study project and quizzes/exams as specified by the instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information

One hour open lab added, Fall, 1992

Course - ID changed from DPR 241 to CIS 241, Fall 92

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.