Postgraduate Course: Advanced Databases (Level 11) (INFR11011)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course aims at furthering database systems concepts through adding complexity and a more hands-on approach. In particular, we will focus on supporting multi-dimensional data in a DBMS, query optimisation, query evaluation, transaction processing and concurrency control in both a centralised and a distributed context. In terms of centralised databases, we shall start from single and multi-dimensional indexing methods, move on to join evaluation algorithms, and talk about query opimisation paradigms. We shall then focus on the issues of transaction processing, concurrency control and crash recovery. Finally, we shall revisit the previous issues in a distributed database environment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Database Systems (INFR09011)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Advanced Databases (Level 10) (INFR10002)
||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.
A firm grasp of basic mathematics is expected; the course involves extracting cost models from algorithms.
A good level of programming is assumed and will not be covered during lectures. The coursework will involve implementing query processing algorithms in the context of a database system written in Java.
|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,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - Demonstrate knowledge of storage methods by enumerating various indexing techniques over single- and multi-dimensional data.
2 - Demonstrate knowledge of query evaluation by describing and implementing various evaluation algorithms used by database systems.
3 - Demonstrate knowledge of cost-based query optimisation by describing search space exploration and different optimisation paradigms.
4 - Demonstrate knowledge of transaction processing and concurrency control using lock tables and/or optimisic methods of concurrency control.
5 - Demonstrate knowledge of crash recovery by describing the methodologies and algorithms employed by a database system in the event of a crash.
|Written Examination 70|
Assessed Assignments 30
Oral Presentations 0
Two programming assignments. The assignments will account in total for 30% of the final grade.
||This is a rough overview of what will ideally be covered if time permits. If needed, the time spent on each part will be adjusted as the course progresses.
* B-trees, hash-based indexes, R-trees and Grid files.
* Query evaluation: join algorithms (nested-loops join, sort-merge join, hash join, Grace join and hybrid-hash join.)
* Query optimisation: cost-based query optimisation, dynamic programming, randomised exploration, rule-based optimisation.
* Concurrency and recovery: transactions, lock tables, optimistic concurrency control, recovery using the ARIES algorithm.
* Distributed databases: distributed query evaluation, distributed transaction processing.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Databases, Data Structures and Algorithms, Software Engineering
||* Raghu Ramakrishnan and Johannes Gehrke, Database Management Systems (Third Edition) McGraw-Hill 2003.
* Various papers available on the topics of the syllabus.
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 50
Private Study/Other 30
|Course organiser||Dr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
|Course secretary||Miss Kate Farrow
Tel: (0131 6)50 2706
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