COMP20240 Relational Databases & Information Systems (Conversion)

Academic Year 2023/2024

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 these data are permanently maintained, quickly updated and made accessible to users. Databases are essential components of computerised information systems. This is a module for MSc. Computer Science (Conversion) and Higher Diploma in Computer Science students covering how to design, develop and query relational databases. In this module, students will learn the fundamentals of database models, database designing methodologies, database querying. They will learn details about the relational database model, relational database query languages (relational algebra, SQL), the entity-relationship model for database design. From a more practical point of view they will gain experience in building a relational database using a commercial database management systems. 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 successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

1. Analyse the goals, functions, models, and components of database systems.
2. Explain the context, phases, and techniques for designing and building databases.
3. Select and apply appropriate design models to a given development environment.
4. Design an efficient database system using an appropriate database design technique.
5. Implement and manipulate a relational database using SQL.

Indicative Module Content:

Relational database model, relational database query languages (relational algebra, SQL), the entity-relationship model for database design.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning (examples exercises; problem solving);
peer/group work where appropriate;
individual work (assignment) 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
COMP40725 - Intro to RD & SQLProgrammiing

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: individual assignments Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Self-assessment activities

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Name Role
Laura Dunne Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 13:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 15:00 - 15:50