Database Programming for PCs
I. Course Prefix/Number: CIS 209
Course Name: Database Programming for PCs
Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 1 lab)
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. Recommended: CAB 140 or comparable knowledge of database software.
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
• 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.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Database Design
- Review of representative database’s basic features
- Tables, queries, forms and reports
- Debugging and error handling
- Objects and properties
- Event-driven Programming and Access events
- Access Application using Macros, Menus, and Toolbars
- Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
- Objects and methods
- Coding, debugging, and maintainence
- Data Integrity
- Transaction processing
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.