Undergraduate Course: Querying and Storing XML (INFR10017)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||If 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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Computability and Intractability (INFR09008) OR
Language Semantics and Implementation (INFR09014) OR
Informatics Research Review (INFR11034)
||Other requirements|| This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.
For UG candidates, we require a grade of B or better in either Computability & Intractability, or Language Semantics & Implementation.
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: No
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|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.
|Written Examination 0|
Assessed Assignments 100
Oral Presentations 0
Complete an individual project and review 4 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.
||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
||Please see the course page
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 60
Private Study/Other 20
|Course organiser||Dr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
|Course secretary||Miss Kate Farrow
Tel: (0131 6)50 2706
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