Database Fundamentals II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 245

       Course Name: Database Fundamentals II

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues to develop the knowledge needed to perform the tasks of a database administrator. Topics include methods to backup, restore, and recover the database given various different scenarios, transporting data between databases and the utilities used, networking concepts and configuration parameters, solving common network problems, and configuring network parameters to allow the database clients to communicate with the database server. This course leads to the Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional certification. Recommended: CIS145 or comparable knowledge

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Use Recovery Manager (RMAN) to configure and create backups and to track and store backup information
  2. Use RMAN to manage and perform the recovery and to manage the recovery catalog
  3. Perform database backups without using RMAN
  4. Use flashback technology to view past states of data and to revert back to a past state
  5. Identify poorly performing SQL scripts
  6. Configure the Oracle Database for optimal recovery
  7. Configure the database instance so that resources are appropriately allocated
  8. Schedule jobs to run inside or outside the database
  9. Use compression to optimize database storage and duplicate a database
  10. Manage database resources, performance, and memory

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Core Concepts and Tools of the Oracle Database
    1. The Oracle Database Architecture: Overview
    2. ASM Storage Concepts
    3. Connecting to the Database and the ASM Instance
    4. DBA Tools Overview
  2. Configuring for Recoverability
    1. Backup and Recovery (BR): purpose, typical tasks and terminology
    2. Using the Recovery Manager (RMAN)
    3. Configuring the database for BR operations
    4. Configuring Archivelog mode
    5. Configuring backup retention
    6. Configuring and using a Flash Recovery Area (FRA)
  3. Using the RMAN Recovery Catalog
    1. Tracking and storing backup information
    2. Setting up a Recovery Catalog
    3. Recording backups
    4. Using RMAN Stored Scripts
    5. Managing the Recovery Catalog (Backup, Export, Import, Upgrade, Drop and Virtual Private Catalog)
  4. Configuring Backup Settings
    1. Configuring and managing persistent settings for RMAN
    2. Configuring Autobackup of control file
    3. Backup optimization
    4. Advanced Configuration Settings: Compressing Backups
    5. Configuring Backup and Restore for very large files (Multisection)
  5. Creating Backups with RMAN
    1. Backup types
    2. Create and Use
      1. Backup Sets and Image Copies
      2. Whole Database Backup
      3. Fast Incremental Backup
      4. Configure Backup Destinations
      5. Duplexed Backup Sets
      6. Archival Backups
  6. Restore and Recovery Task
    1. Restoring and recovering
    2. Causes of file loss
    3. Automatic Tempfile Recovery
    4. Recovering from the loss of a Redo Log Group
    5. Recovering from a Lost Index Tablespace
    6. Re-creating a Password Authentication File
    7. Complete and Incomplete Recovery
    8. Other Recovery Operations
  7. Using RMAN to Perform Recovery
    1. Complete Recovery after loss of a Critical or Noncritical Data File
    2. Recovering image copies and switching files
    3. Restore and Recovery of a Database in NOARCHIVELOG Mode
    4. Incomplete Recovery
    5. Performing Recovery with a Backup Control File
    6. Restoring from Autobackup: Server Parameter File and Control File
    7. Restoring and Recovering the Database on a New Host
  8. Monitoring and Tuning RMAN
    1. Monitoring RMAN Jobs
    2. Balance Between Speed of Backup Versus Speed of Recovery
    3. RMAN Multiplexing
    4. Synchronous and Asynchronous I/O
  9. Diagnosing the Database
    1. ata Recovery Advisor (DRA)
    2. Block corruption
    3. Automatic Diagnostic Repository (ADR)
    4. Health monitor
    5. The ADR Command-Line Tool, ADRCI
  10. Using Flashback Technology I
    1. Overview and Setup
    2. Using Flashback Technology to query data
    3. Flashback Table
    4. Flashback transaction query
    5. Performing Flashback Transaction Backout
    6. Oracle Total Recall
    7. Flashback Drop and the Recycle Bin
  11. Performing Flashback Database
    1. Configuring Flashback Database
    2. Performing Flashback Database Operations
    3. Monitoring Flashback Database
  12. Managing Memory
    1. Oracle Memory Structures
    2. Oracle Database Memory Parameters
    3. Using Automatic Memory Management
    4. Automatic Shared Memory Management
    5. Using Memory Advisors
    6. Using Data Dictionary Views
  13. Managing Database Performance
    1. Tuning activities
    2. Using statistic preferences
    3. Optimizer statistics collection
    4. Monitor the performance of Sessions and Services
    5. Automatic Workload Repository (AWR)
    6. Describing the Benefits of Database Replay
  14. Managing Performance by SQL Tuning
    1. SQL Tuning and SQL Advisors
    2. Using SQL Tuning Advisor
    3. SQL Access Advisor
    4. SQL Performance Analyzer Overview
  15. Managing Resources
    1. Overview and Concepts
    2. Accessing and creating resource plans
    3. Creating Consumer Group
    4. Specifying Resource Plan Directives, including:
      1. Limiting CPU Utilization at the Database Level
      2. Instance Caging
    5. Activating a Resource Plan
    6. Monitoring the Resource Manager
  16. Automating Tasks with the Scheduler
    1. Simplifying management tasks
    2. Creating a Job, Program, and Schedule
    3. Using Time-Based, Event-Based, and Complex Schedules
    4. Describing the Use of Windows, Window Groups, Job Classes, and Consumer Groups
    5. Multi-Destination Jobs
  17. Managing Space in Blocks
    1. Free Space Management
    2. Monitoring space
    3. Compressing data
  18. Managing Space in Segments
    1. Segment Creation on Demand
    2. Additional Automatic Space-Saving Functionalit
    3. Shrinking Segments
    4. Segment Advisor
    5. Managing Resumable Space Allocation
  19. Managing Space for the Database
    1. Using 4 KB-Sector Disks
    2. Transporting Tablespaces
    3. Transporting Databases
  20. Duplicating a Database
    1. Purpose and Methods of Cloning a Database
    2. Using RMAN to Create a Duplicate Database
    3. Cloning a Database from a Backup
    4. Duplicate a Database Based on a Running Instance
    5. Targetless Duplicating a Database

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Reading, lecture, discussion, group work, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, projects, assignments, quizzes, and/or exams
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Appropriate attendance
  2. Satisfactory completion of lab projects
  3. Completion of assignments and exams
  4. Read textbook and research appropriate manuals as needed

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

Students will be evaluated on quality of their lab projects, other written and/or oral assignments, quizzes, and exams as specified by the instructor.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.