By the end of this course, students will have been given the opportunity to learn:
an understanding of the needs for and uses of database management systems in business;
an understanding of the context, phases and techniques for designing and building database information systems in business;
an understanding of the components of a computerized database information system (application);
an ability to correctly use the techniques, components and tools of a typical database management system -- such as Access 2000 or Oracle 8i -- to build a comprehensive database information system (application);
an ability to design a correct, new database information system for a business functional area and implement the design in either Access 2000 or Oracle 8i;
an introductory understanding of some advanced topics in database management, e.g., object-relational databases and design, distributed databases, database administration (security, backup and restore, tuning) and data warehousing.
To meet these objectives, these enabling objectives and strategies will be used, following a carefully structured pedagogical approach:
use a 3-phase iterative learning methodology to master required understandings and skills designing and developing a new database application: careful, attentive reading of the textbook by the student; structured lecture/presentation by the Professor; guided, integrated assignments and project by the student;
cover the "big picture" of information systems in business and the place of database information systems within it;
learn the different players and roles that come to bear in business database information systems (applications) and in their development;
operate with typical database management systems, Access 2000 and Oracle 8i, at a first level by doing some simple exercises using them;
develop preliminary understandings and skills with designing a database information system (application);
operate with Access 2000 or Oracle 8i at an intermediate level by working with the dbms tools to build an intermediate level database information system;
develop intermediate level understandings and skills with designing more complex databases and database information systems;
develop elementary level understandings of some advanced topics in modern database management, as time permits.
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Warren E. Duclos, Jr. | A.B. Freeman School of Business | Tulane University
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