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Undergraduate Course: Querying and Storing XML (INFR10017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/courses/qsx Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionIf XML is to serve as more than a low-level format for data/document exchange, we shall need techniques for storing and querying large quantities of the stuff. Moreover it would be good if the query languages and the storage techniques could be matched and efficiently implemented as they are for relational databases.

This course is about research and development into storage techniques and query languages for XML and, more generally, semistructured data. It will cover the basics of types, APIs and standard query languages as well as the relevant research and prototypes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Computability and Intractability (INFR09008) OR Language Semantics and Implementation (INFR09014) OR Informatics Research Review (INFR11034)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For UG candidates, we require a grade of B or better in either Computability & Intractability, or Language Semantics & Implementation.

Successful completion of Year 3 of an Informatics Single or Combined Honours Degree, or equivalent by permission of the School.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2012/13 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 11:10 - 12:00
CentralLecture1-11 11:10 - 12:00
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 11:10 - 12:00, Zone: Central. Lecture Theatre 4, 7 Bristo Square
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - This course is to expose students to current research and development issues for storing and querying XML data via traditional database systems, and for publishing and integrating data from traditional databases in XML. Many of the topics covered are, or will be, in demand. The purpose is to prepare students for both graduate study and job market.
Assessment Information
Written Examination 0
Assessed Assignments 100
Oral Presentations 0

Assessment
Complete a team project; present one or more research papers; read and write reviews 27 research papers.

If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Topics covered will include:

* XML basics: XML standard, DTD, XML Schema, query languages (XPath, XQL, XSLT), and integrity constraints for XML.
* XML shredding: storing XML in relations, optimization and normalization via constraint propagation.
* XML publishing: XML views of relational data, schema-directed publishing.
* Querying XML data stored in relations: query translation from XPath to SQL.
* Managing XML data stored in relations: incremental XML view maintenance, XML view updates, XML updates.
* XML security: XML views for enforcing access control, automated derivation of security views, and query rewriting.

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Comparative Programming Languages, Databases, Data Structures and Algorithms, Developing Technologies, Document processing, Information Retrieval
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Please see the course page
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 20
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 60
Private Study/Other 20
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
Email: mcryan@inf.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Email: Kate.Weston@ed.ac.uk
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