COMP2004J Databases and Info Systems

Academic Year 2024/2025

The Collection, organisation and storage of data are major tasks in many human activities and in every modern computing system. Computer-based information systems ensure that this data is permanently maintained, quickly updated and made accessible to users. Databases are essential components of computerised information systems. This is a module for all students interested in understanding how to design, develop and query databases. In this module students will learn the fundamentals of database models, database designing methodologies, database querying and database normalisation theory. They will learn details about the relational database model, relational query languages, the entity-relationship model for database design, and database normalisation. From a more practical point of view they will gain experience in building a relational database using a relational database management system (such as MySQL). Students will find these skills very useful in the development of any application requiring the storage and manipulation of data.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to formulate, explain and compare the fundamental database concepts; design a relational database (conceptual and logical design using entity-relationship and relational models); analyse a relational database table to verify that it is in normal form; implement and query a relational database.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module includes lectures and lab/studio work, and group work assignment and case-based learning, etc. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered

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Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Seán Russell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Yu An Tutor
Ms Qin Ruan Tutor