Computing Science Course Outlines

Course Outline - CMPT 354 - Database Systems I



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2012 Spring (1121)

Database Systems I

Hassan Khosravi   

Burnaby Mountain Campus

Calendar Objective/Description

Logical representations of data records. Data models. Studies of some popular file and database systems. Document retrieval. Other related issues such as database administration, data dictionary and security.

Instructor's Objectives

Almost all organizations maintain their data using a database management system (DBMS). This course provides an introduction to DBMS. We focus on the most widely used relational data model. Students will become familiar with the design of database applications and use of databases. We study design tools, database modeling and query languages, including the Structured Query Language (SQL). As well, XML will be introduced.


CMPT 225, MACM 101.


  • Introduction to Database Systems
  • The Relational Model
  • Database Design: The ER Model
  • Query languages: SQL, one or more of the relational calculus, relational algebra, datalog
  • Relational Database Design: Normalization and Functional Dependencies
  • Introduction to XML
  • If time permits: OLAP and introduction to data mining


To be discussed the first week of classes

Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).

Required Books

  • A First Course in Database Systems, 3rd Edition., Jeffrey D. Ullman, Jennifer Widom, Prentice Hall, 2008, 9780136006374

Academic Honesty Statement

Academic honesty plays a key role in our efforts to maintain a high standard of academic excellence and integrity. Students are advised that ALL acts of intellectual dishonesty will be handled in accordance with the SFU Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies ( ).

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