Introduction to Databases

Introduction to Databases

3 Credits
Business, Computer Science

A database is a fundamental component of an information system. Database Management Systems (DBMSs) support the development and use of databases by facilitating data insertion, update, retrieval and integrity. IT professionals must know how to design a sound database. In addition, they must know how to retrieve and update data through a DBMS. This course explores the following topics: relational model, relational algebra, SQL, four main objects and relationships, database normalization, database applications, and data-driven decision making. In this course, students will receive hands-on experience with at least one DBMS (MS Access and MySQL) and work on database projects with real-world business scenarios by applying the concepts. In addition, this course will introduce database industry careers and trends with practical information and knowledge. Students will be well-prepared to start a career in the database industry.

Course Information

Delivery Method
No specific prerequisites. However, basic calculation, logical thinking, and quantitative reasoning are necessary skills required throughout this course.
Course Level
Time to Complete
Up to 6 months from registration date

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Course Tuition $ 981
Administrative Fee $ 75
Total Tuition and Fees $ 1056*

* Total does not include the cost of course materials. Please refer to our Tuition and Fees page for more information.

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