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Short Description
The course covers database management concepts and how to design and implement database
systems within records offices
Equip students with knowledge and skills in designing and implementing database management
Learning outcome
Students should be able to:
- Design a database - Enter data and edit in a database - Retrieve data from database Maintain a database
Intellectual, Practical and Transferable skills
Database design skills
Data entry and editing skills
Skills in searching and retrieval of records from database
Teaching and Learning Pattern
By use of lectures, case studies and demonstrations, student led group presentations and self –
directed research guided by the lecturer
Indicative Content
Definition, concepts and methods in the management of databases; Architecture of a DBMS;
Data Models: relational, hierarchical and network models; Relations, attributes, domains, etc;
Database design, Database architecture and schema, Logical and physical views of data schemas
and sub schemas, normalization; Form design, indexing, tables and program design. Data
manipulation languages; programming in a database environment: database security, integrity,
recovery, and concurrence; file organization: sequential, random, indexed sequential,
hierarchical, heap, inverted; Database administration; Distributed database systems.
Assessment method
- Coursework and Examination. Tests, coursework research questions, group work presentations
will all constitute coursework marks (30 marks) and final examinations (70 marks). For a student
to be allowed to sit the final examination in this course, he/she should have obtained at least 15
out of 30 marks. The pass mark for the course will be 50%.
Indicative sources
 Ramakrishnan, R. & Gehrke,J. 2003. Database management system. Boston: McGraw-Hill
 Jacso, P. and Lancaster, F.W. 1999. Build your own database: Chicago: American Library