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Undergraduate Course: Advanced Database Systems (UG) (INFR11217)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course follows the delivery and assessment of Advanced Database Systems (INFR11199) exactly. Undergraduate students must register for this course, while MSc students must register for INFR11199 instead.
Course description This course follows the delivery and assessment of Advanced Database Systems (INFR11199) exactly. Undergraduate students must register for this course, while MSc students must register for INFR11199 instead.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Introduction to Databases (INFR10080)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Advanced Database Systems (INFR11199)
Other requirements This course follows the delivery and assessment of Advanced Database Systems (INFR11199) exactly. Undergraduate students must register for this course, while MSc students must register for INFR11199 instead.

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.

The course assumes an understanding of algorithms and data structures (e.g., quick sort, merge sort, binary trees, hash tables, big-O notation). It is recommended that students have basic knowledge of databases (e.g., SQL and relational algebra) although key concepts will be covered in the course.

A good level of programming is assumed and will not be covered during lectures. The coursework will involve implementing different parts of a database system in Java.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesSame as above.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 28, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% exam
40% coursework
10% course engagement

The coursework will consist of at least one programming assignment.
Feedback Students will receive feedback from demonstrators during practical sessions and from the instructor on at least one piece of formative assessment similar to the final exam.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Advanced Database Systems (UG) (INFR11217)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe how database management systems function internally. Interpret and comparatively criticise database systems architectures
  2. Implement major components of a database management system and analyse their performance
  3. Analyse and compare the fundamental query evaluation and concurrency control algorithms, identify strengths and weaknesses of query evaluation plans, and optimise query evaluation plans
  4. Identify trade-offs among database systems techniques and contrast distributed / parallel techniques for OLTP and OLAP workloads
Reading List
Raghu Ramakrishnan and Johannes Gehrke, Database Management Systems (Third Edition) - McGraw-Hill 2003.

Research papers on the topics of the syllabus.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsdatabase system architecture,query optimisation,indexing,transactions,parallel databases
Contacts
Course organiserDr Milos Nikolic
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Email: milos.nikolic@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Helen Tweedale
Tel: (0131 6)50 3827
Email: Helen.Tweedale@ed.ac.uk
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