COMP40725 Introduction to Relational Databases and SQL Programming

Academic Year 2022/2023

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 database query languages (relational algebra, SQL, PL/SQL), the entity-relationship model for database design, Third and Boyce-Codd Normal Forms. From a more practical point of view they will gain experience in building a relational database using industry standard 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 completion of this module, a student should be aware of: SQL Programming, PL/SQL programming, data types, database management systems. Additionally, the students should gain experience in designing and implementing normalised relational databases through the implementation of practical exercises and a final database project.

Indicative Module Content:

Foundational concepts in relational database design, SQL Programming constructs, PL/SQL programming, data types, database management systems

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, weekly assignments, class discussions, individual projects (demonstrating soft and hard skills) 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
COMP20240 - Rel DB & Info Sys (Conv), COMP41090 - SQL Programming

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


Assignment: Project Design Document Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Final Project Week 12 n/a Graded No


Class Test: In class test Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
John Byabazaire 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) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Fri 09:00 - 10:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 29, 31, 32, 33 Fri 11:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 24, 25, 26 Fri 11:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 30 Fri 11:00 - 12:50