Introduction to Database Concepts
I. Course Prefix/Number: CIS 241
Course Name: Introduction to Database Concepts
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
V. Academic Integrity
• 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
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
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
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
Course - ID changed from DPR 241 to CIS 241, Fall 92
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