Advanced Databases and the Web

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Databases and the Web

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ? Successful completion of CI5310 or similar.
    ? In addition, for study option 3, knowledge of advanced databases design.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will consolidate and build on previously acquired knowledge of databases by
    analysing and evaluating important issues in the database area. In addition it will provide
    a sound understanding of the dynamic content within World Wide Web pages.

    Autumn Semester content summary:
    To develop knowledge of database design in order to critically analyse and evaluate
    database modelling and development methods. Gain a detailed insight into the
    practical and theoretical aspects of advanced topics in databases, such as objectrelational
    databases, data warehouses and distributed databases. Create, implement
    and critically test and evaluate an advanced database design.

    Spring Semester content summary:
    Study server-side technology (e.g. PHP) and at least one client-side technology (e.g.
    JavaScript) to create dynamic web content. To use a database server in conjunction
    with a web-based application.
    Whole module topics in more detail may include:
    ? Database Analysis and Design: Data analysis, conceptual data models, logical
    data models, design decisions
    ? Use of SQL to create databases and manipulate the data held in a database
    ? Physical database design: Optimising database performance (reorganising
    physical storage and optimising queries), file organizations and indexes,
    denormalisation and controlled redundancy
    ? Object-relational and object-oriented databases.
    ? Data warehousing concepts: design, architectures, the extract, transform, load
    cycle, data mining
    ? Distributed database management systems
    ? Semistructured data and XML: namespaces and schemas, XML schema, XSL and
    XSLT documents, Document Object Model (DOM), XHTML, Resource Description
    Framework (RDF), XML databases
    ? The significance of the World Wide Web in modern commerce.
    ? Client and server-side technologies currently available, including XML, ASP.NET,
    Java, Ruby on Rails and Ajax.
    ? Web databases: use of static and dynamic web pages, approaches to integrating
    the web and DBMSs

    Teaching: Lectures, tutorials, workshops, case studies, exercises, discussion groups, and practice

    ? Exam (50%)
    ? Coursework: Portfolio of written reports and practical exercises (50%)
    STUDY OPTION 2 or 3: portfolio of coursework (100%).

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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