Databases and Information Systems
University College Dublin
Area of Study
Computer Science, Information Sciences
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.5 - 3.75
Hours & Credits
OverviewCollection, 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 and calculus, SQL), the entity-relationship model for
database design, Boyce-Codd and third normal form. From a more practical point of view they will gain
experience in building a relational database using ACCESS. Students will find these skills very useful in the
development of any application requiring the storage and manipulation of data.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.